Monday, December 17, 2007

Bed and Breakfast in Sonnino, Italy

I've posted before about places to stay around Sonnino (look in the old post or email me if interested, but this appears to be a relatively new Bed and Breakfast. It looks like it's even in the upper part of town. Here's the link:

Bed and Breakfast Sonnino - Inns and Guest House in Sonnino

Sonnino, Italy

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Children from Sonnino folk dancing

This is a link to a website that has children from Sonnino doing traditional folk dances. You can view the video by clicking on the image on the Right side of the page.
Musiche del Lazio

Friday, October 26, 2007

Google Blog Search...find posts about Sonnino

Google blog search is a great way to find out if there are people posting information, pictures, stories, etc. about Sonnino online. I've found some great pictures and travel logs using it. I've included the link below. When you search, my Sonnino blog is the fourth entry down.

Google Blog Search

Monday, October 22, 2007

The Sonninese dialect

The last time I was in Sonnino my great uncle Nicola and cousin Luciano gave me book that has an Italian/Sonninese glossary. I plan to post the the translations on the blog...starting today with words that begin with the letter A. I've included a picture of took looking down on Sonnino scalo at dusk.

Sonnino, Italy

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Sonnino has an Italian Wikipedia page

Here is the link to the Wikipedia page on Sonnino. It was in Italian so I used the automatic translator. For those that don't know about Wikipedia, it is an online encyclopedia whose content is generated by users. That means it's not always accurate.

Translated version of

Monday, October 01, 2007

A unique view of Sonnino

Google Earth is a fantastic piece of software that allows you to look at satellite images of any place in the world. You can get some fantastic views of Sonnino and the surrounding towns. It takes a minute to download but is well worth. I've put the link below.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

D'Angelis family home

This is a photo taken from the roof of the home where countless generations of D'Angelis family members lived. It is now owned by someone else, but when my family and I were in Sonnino in April, the current owners were nice enough to let us in and take a look around. We all got a little misty eyed thinking about the the history of this very old building. This is the view looking down the mountain.

Monday, September 03, 2007

My Grandfather's obituary

Bernardini, Angelo

August 29, 2007 Angelo Bernardini, 82, of East Syracuse, died peacefully Wednesday morning at home with his family. Angelo was a native of Syracuse. He worked at Estabrook Printing for 40 years, retiring in 1991. He is survived by his wife, Elsie (Chinchar) whom he married on January 31, 1948; predeceased by his sister, Jean LaRosa and survived by his brother, Nicholas Bernardini (Anne) and his sister, Lucy Potato. Angelo was the father of five children, Susan Bernardini (Howard Lamcke), Carol Bernardini (John Becker), Joseph Bernardini (Christine), Jeffrey Bernardini (Lisa DeSilva), and Angela Martino (David Simmons); also 10 grandchildren, Tracy (Dan), Matthew (Kai), Casey (Margie), Taisia (Ross), Corey, Leah, Lauren, Sarah, Jessica and Anthony; four stepgrandchildren, Craig, Chris, Nicole and Lisa; two great-grandchildren, Angelo and Declan. Funeral services will be held Saturday, 8:30 a.m. at Forani & Cline Funeral Home and 9 a.m. in St. Matthew's Church, East Syracuse, with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Calling hours on Friday, 4 to 8 p.m. at Forani & Cline, 206 Kinne St., East Syracuse. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Central New York.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A very sad passing

Last night my Grandfather and the patriarch of the D'Angelis/Bernardini , Angelo Marie Bernardini, passed away. He died at home and surrounded by family and loved ones. He was one month shy of his 83rd birthday. I will be posting pictures stories in the comming days and weeks that will try to do justice to greatness of this man.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sonnino's "Festa della Madonna 2007"

Thanks to Mario for sending in a few pictures of the Festa della Madonna. I'll be posting more pictures from Mario soon.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Send me your stuff!!!

I am looking for stories, pictures, recipies, etc to post on the blog. Send them to me or email me with an idea and we'll work on it and post it. I would love to make this a place where we can share things as a community. Thanks! -Angelo

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sonnino note cards

I recently made note cards out of pictures I took in Sonnino. I have a couple beautiful note cards of old Sonnino and some of great pictures of olives, artichokes and lemons grown in Sonnino. I'll put up the pictures and if anybody would like to order note cards from they can.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Sonninese word of the week: Mangia

My wife and I just returned from a great trip to Sonnino. I was lucky enough to record my uncle Nicola with my digital recorder. I had him say or pronounce Sonninese words so that I could post them on the blog. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Grandma and Grandpa talking about making pasta

This is part of the oral history I recently did with my grandparents. In this clip they're talking about how my Great-Grandmother (Guessipina Bernardini) used to make pasta by hand. Just click on the play arrow to listen.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Is the Sonnino blog going to have sound soon?

The answer is yes. I’m looking for tools to add audio to the blog. My hope is that people will send me audio files as well as pictures. I recently did a bit of oral history with my grandfather and grandmother that I would love to post.

Additionally, I would like to add audio to my “Sonninese Word of the Week” posts. When I’m in Sonnino April, I plan to record my Sonninese relatives pronouncing the Sonninese words. Residents of Sonnino, beware of me approaching you with my digital recorder!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Places to stay around Sonnino

I'm keeping a list of placed to stay around Sonnino. Please add any that aren't mention on the blog. You can even leave reviews. Here are the first two. One in Fossanova and the other in Terracina.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Olive di Sonnino

This picture makes me happy every time I look at it. It's a picture we took when we were in Sonnino in November. It makes me think of the all of the amazing Sonninese olive oil we had.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Boots in the Oven: Driving Lazio

This is link to a couples' travel log. They were driving down the Lazio coast and just picked Sonnino off a map and decided to stop. It's neat to see Sonnino thought the eyes of tourists. They even posted pictures. Enjoy.

Boots in the Oven: Driving Lazio

Jews in Italy (and what is has to do with Sonnino)

This is an interesting article about the history of the Jewish people in Italy. More interesting is the fact that "Sonnino" was one of the more common Jewish last names. You can find the reference about halfway down the article.

Tracing the Tribe: At the ICJG: Jews in Italy

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Short video of chanting in the Fossanova Abbey (click twice to view)

This is a short video of the inside of Fossanova Abbey, a very famous abbey next to Sonnino. I found the video on Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Video of the view from Sonnino (click twice to play)

This is the view from the backside of Sonnino. You can see the sea and the town of Terracina in the distance.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

My first batch of pasta

Inspired by Lydia and Annunciantina Bernardini, I tried my hand at making fresh pasta last week. I went on a website called where people buy and sell things they don’t want or need. I was able to pick up an Atlas pasta machine for $25. The women who sold it to me even threw in a ravioli attachment. With help from my wife Margherita and friend James, we were able to make some delicious artichoke ravioli and tagliatelle. Margherita made a white wine sauce with butter and garlic that was fabulous. I’ve never had so much fun or had such fresh ravioli. On top of that, the pasta machine gave me quite a workout. I’m hoping that as I get better at making the pasta, I’ll be able to cut down on the time.

All this leads me to a request or a request for recipes. I would love to create a place on this blog where family recipes can be shared…so start sending them in. You can even take a picture of the dish! My next batch of pasta is this weekend, wish me luck.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Sonninese Word of the Week

Since I come from a family of butchers I figured this would be a good one to add to our Sonninese dictionary:

Butcher in standard Italian: Macellaio

Butcher in Sonninese: Maceglio

Monday, January 08, 2007

Thoughts and Prayers please

My grandfather, Angelo Bernardini, starts chemotherapy tomorrow. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. On a happier note, I was able to do some oral history recording with my grandmother and him over Christmas. Once I figure out how to post audio clips, I'll post samples.

Me and Giovanni with "pertecas"


This is a picture of Giovanni and me shaking our "pertecas". As I learned during my last trip to Sonnino, a perteca is used to knock the ripe olives out of the tree. Giovanni and Anunciantina were nice enough to take my wife Margherita and me to the campania (countryside). Each family has a plot where they grow olives, lemons, oranges, figs, pomegranates, etc. Giovanni and Annunciantina have a beautiful plot and a great outdoor brick oven.
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