Azzinano: village of past games

Murals of a little village tell about the games of the past



Azzinano murals of past games



Did you know that on the walls of Azzinano village there are murals that tell the games of the past? Turning through the streets of Azzinano, a small fraction of the municipality of Tossicia in the province of Teramo, you can admire numerous murals that tell the games of the past with bright colors.

The idea of ​​giving a touch of color to this pretty hamlet of the Abruzzo hinterland is the result of the initiative of the inhabitants, also motivated by their fellow countryman Annunziata Scipione, a naive artist who had the honor of  leaving her mark talent on the walls of his village.

This initiative born in 2001, has managed over the years to revive Azzinano with over 50 murals painted by different Italian artists who, every summer show off their artistic creativity by drawing on the walls of the village playful activities of a past time very different with today's tech games.


Azzinano collage murals


On one of these murals, there is a parchment that quotes the words of Luciano Marinelli, one of the main creators of the initiative:

"These innocent games of poor people who were satisfied with nothing, condensing immeasurable dreams into that nothingness, should be read as a reference to the past, between nostalgic and social, between reliving and re-proposing situations that no longer belong to us and that maybe they were forgotten too soon."

The theme that distinguishes all the murals of Azzinano, manages to give emotions especially to the different visitors who have experienced first-hand games like "the bell, blind fly, hide and seek" and many others that evoke nostalgic memories of a carefree childhood.


Azzinano collage murals


Observing the many murals of naive art present in the tiny village, I had difficulty finding a still free wall giving to the eyes of visitors who walk inside Azzinano, a colorful show at every corner and just look up above the houses to admire another show, the one of the Gran Sasso d'Italia massif.

Naif art is the representation of a humble and peasant society through a simple and technically imperfect style, the perfect art to represent the theme of the games of the past and which allowed Azzinano to join the National Club of the Painted Countries recognizing it as "the Luzzara of the Sicilian Valley".

Azzinano, albeit small, succed to let me smile by observing the representations of some games that I used to do when I was a child. A characteristic village immersed in a fantastic natural setting where you can spend a carefree hour.


Azzinano murals



Must see places near Azzinano:

  • Sanctuary of S.Gabriele (8,5 Km/7,3 mi)

The modern Sanctuary of San Gabriele is home to various religious events and is immersed in a beautiful naturalistic context

  • Prati di Tivo (30 Km/18,6 mi)

Prati di Tivo is the most important ski resort in the province of Teramo

  • Castelli (21,8 Km/13,5 mi)

Castelli is the village of ceramics



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