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* Lepore's from the Province of Teramo, Italy*

Updated June 25, 2009


In September 1999 I led a Lepore Family Pilgrimage to Italy to the Abruzzi in the Province of Teramo. There were 29 in the group, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. We were searching for any information on our roots we could find. The following is an account of the success we had on this trip.

Day 1
We left the Phila. airport on our flight to Rome.

Day 2
Arriving at the Rome airport we met Guiseppe and Roseanna and boarded the comfortable bus for the Hotel Baltic in Giulianova on the Adriatic Sea. This evening we had a wonderful dinner with Lepore Wine served for everyone.

Day 3
This morning we went to Civitella del Tronto to research records on our family. We also met with the Mayor who presented us with a plaque commemorating our trip to his town. It was a very emotional meeting. We were thrilled by their welcoming. We also met some Italian cousins. Marco and his mother Lucia Lepore. After the presentation by the Mayor we had a wonderful meal in the Mini Hotel. Piero Lepore provided the music and we had fun time between the Lepore's from America and the Lepore's in Italy.
Afterwards we went on at tour of the fortress, which the Mayor had provided. After the tour of the fortress Antonio and Filomena Lepore invited us to their home for wine. We had a wonderful time with them and their daughters Teresa and Elba.

Day 4
This morning we went to the St. Pietro's church in Campovalano where my granddad Silvio and his sister Pasqualina Lepore were just before coming to America in 1901 with their parents Giuseppe and Rosa Lepore. This afternoon we went to Campli where the birth records for Silvio and Pasqualina are kept. There we met Edmondo Di Pietro our cousin, the grandson of Pasquale who was the brother of Giuseppe Lepore my great granddad. Edmondo was the previous mayor of Campli for 26 years. The mayor of Campli met with us and presented books and posters of the town of Campli. Afterwards we had refreshments with the Mayor in the square.

Day 5
This morning we returned to Civitella del Tronto to research more records. This afternoon Edmondo met us at the old Lepore Homestead where Giuseppe, Pasquale and Domenico lived with their parents Luigi and Maddalena Lepore as farmers. Here we met the family still living there and the mother was a Lepore descendant. But we are not sure to the exact place on our family tree.

Day 6
This day was a relaxing day where we visited Teramo for their open-air market in the morning and did some shopping for gifts to bring home from the area. In the afternoon we went to the Lepore Winery in Colonella. Gaspare Lepore provided a tour of the winery and also a Lepore Wine (see link below) tasting with cheese, bread and Lepore Olive Oil. Afterward Gaspare presented us with a plaque to commemorate our visit. Before dinner this evening many of us went swimming in the Adriatic Sea. This evening we had a cocktail party and then went to dinner. This dinner was our farewell dinner. Our relatives from the area were there for a very fun time. Antonio and his family presented us with their homemade wine. Piero and his sister Ylenia sang and played the keyboard. Dancing, great food and all the Lepore wine we could drink may a wonderful time. The Hotel Baltic provided translators for each table and mixed up our seating so Italian and American Lepore's were sitting together. The Hotel Baltic presented us with photos from Edmondo family. It was a very touching evening.

The Hotel Baltic Owner Massimo truly went out of their way to make this whole trip memorable. It was the "Trip of a Lifetime" that we will never forget.

If there are any other families that would love to put together a trip like this one to the Province of Teramo please feel free to e-mail me, Ben Lepore, Jr. at BleporeJr@aol.com I will be happy to help you make your dreams come true like I did with our family.

***

Ben Franklin Lepore, Jr.

1400 Woodberry Rd.
York, PA 17404
A-United States
717-515-6408
bleporejr@aol.com


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Family Photos

  • Province of Teramo (18 KB)
    This is a map of the Province of Teramo in the Abruzzi.
  • Giuseppe, Rossana & Massimo (359 KB)
    (Left to Right)Giuseppe Ciriolo was our tour guide and translator during the trip. Rossana contacted all the Italian Lepore's for the reunion and Massimo the owner of the Hotel helped coordinate the whole week.
  • Mini Hotel Dinner (369 KB)
    This is our dinner with the Italian Lepore's in Civitella del Tronto at the Mini Hotel.
  • Sylvan ( Silvio) Lepore (26 KB)
    Sylvan (Silvio) Lepore was born Jan 13, 1898 in Campovalano, Italy and came to America in 1901 with his parents Giuseppe and Rosa Sistilli Lepore.
  • Old Lepore Homestead (455 KB)
    This is the old Lepore Homestead where Giuseppe, Pasquale and Domenico lived and farmed with their parents Luigi and Maddalena Lepore in the mid 1800's.
  • James Lepore (17 KB)
    James Lepore was born May 17, 1901 just after his family arrived in America. Son of Giuseppe and Rosa Sistilli Lepore.
  • Final dinner party at the Hotel Baltic (397 KB)
    Italian and American Lepore's final dinner party at the Hotel Baltic. Great food and Lepore Wine.
  • Ben Jr., Ben Sr., and Silvio Lepore (160 KB)
    Three generations. Grandson Ben Lepore, Jr., father Ben Lepore, Sr., and grandfather Silvio Lepore.
  • Group at Hotel Baltic (690 KB)
    American Lepore family at the Hotel Baltic due east of Rome in Giulianova on the Adriatic Sea.
  • 2000 Lepore Family Reunion (223 KB)
    2000 Lepore Family Reunion held annually in June at the Nottingham Park in Nottingham, PA
  • Lepore Family Aunts and Uncles in America (275 KB)
    (Left to Right)Ben Lepore,Sr., Rose Marie Lepore Miller, Bobby Taylor, Mary Lepore Hetrick, Jimmy Lepore, Elsie Lepore Shank, Sylvan (Silvio) Lepore. Ben, Rose, Mary, Jimmy, Elsie and Silvan are all grand kids of Giuseppe and Rosa Lepore who came to America in 1901. Not shown are Robert, Pauline Lepore Gibson, and Dorothy Hurley Lepore. Brothers who died are Charles, Lewis and William. Bobby Taylor is the son of their mother Alberta Lepore's sister Alta.
  • Pasqualina Lepore Ranalli (17 KB)
    Pasqualina was born April 29, 1895 in Campovalano, Italy and came to America in 1901 with her parents Giuseppe and Rosa Sistilli Lepore.
 

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