A walk through the streets of Corleto

These photos were taken as we walked through the streets where many of my ancestors have lived for many years.


 

Via Santa Barbara

Several buildings belonging to my family are on this street.

Via Santa Barbara becomes Piazza Antica

This was my grandfather's general store.

My grandfather's house

The old stone wall has been covered with plaster and the door replaced. Let's go inside.

At the top of the steps is a painting of my grandfather, Luigi, as a young man.

Fireplace in the kitchen

At one time the fireplace was used to cook meals, but modern kitchen appliances were eventually installed on the other side of the kitchen.

The rest of the kitchen.

My uncle Umbaldo now owns the house.

An old light switch.

View from the back porch

Olive trees.

This window was one of my father's first carpentry projects.

The church of Santa Barbara can be seen from the back porch.

We are now out of the house and continuing up the street.

We are heading towards one of the oldest section of town known as Capolarmi or Capodarmi (depends on who you ask). A villa belonging to the Vigorito family (including my great grandfather's house) is at the end of this street just before the ruins of the church of S. Teodoro.

Cats can be found all over town.

A Choice Point

I believe that we walked to the left, under the arch.

Where's your mommy little one?

Sadly, the dwindling population of Corleto has resulted in many abandoned houses.

Diana holding on to a horse (and donkey) tie at the side of a house

I guess nobody is home.

Inside the entrance to this villa there is an area for tying the donkeys and a well that has been converted to a large planting pot.

The dwellings in this section are structured as simple villas. There is a main door that leads to a common area. Off of the common area, upstairs and downstairs, there are several houses or "apartments". Nuclear families owned individual apartments.

Diana and Amanda at the entrance to the Vigorito villa.

My paternal great grandfather, Gabrielle Vigorito, lived upstairs. The apartment on the first floor on the right is still owned by a Vigorito (a distant cousin) but I am not sure of the owners of the other apartments.

The balcony.

Upstairs stairwell.

To the right is an apartment that is occupied. On the left is my great grandfather's (Gabrielle) apartment which has not been occupied for many years and is virtually unchanged from its original form. Let's go in.

Room with fireplace.

Room with oven. I guess this was the kitchen.

The ceilings in these rooms were in bad disrepair.

I saw no evidence of any plumbing whatsoever. I also did not see any electrical wiring.

View through the window shutters.

Doors to the balcony.

Examing the original doors at the villa entrance.

A side street.

At one time most of the streets were steps. Today many streets have been turned into a smooth surfaces to accomodate cars, vespas, and bicycles.

Via Perticelle

A native Corletano.

The number of inhabitants have dwindled down to about 800. There are very few young people in town because there are very few jobs. Most people live in the cities or more in populated towns that are nearby and return to their family homes in Corleto in August for vacation.

Man's best friend.

A large oven at the side of a house.

These ovens are obsolete and have not been used for many years.

The symbol of a round tower is seen throughout the town, even in the statue of Santa Barbara

Hey.... chickens!

When I came here as a child one of my fondest memories was playing with all of the farm animals. There was even a pig pen near my grandfather's house. Hardly any farm animals are found in Corleto or Sant' Angelo these days. Most of the animal husbadry takes place in other nearby towns. The elderly residents of Corleto and Sant' Angelo appear to have enough money to purchase all of their food and they are very content with their simple lives.