Travel – Arena, Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Italy


Arena from the road up the mountain, Arena, Vibo Valentina, Calabria, Italy

This was our first glimpse of Arena, on the winding road up the mountain.

There is many a hairpin bend before you arrive in this beautiful village

in the province of Vibo Valentia, inside the region of Calabria, Italy.

In the centre of Arena, Vibo Valentina, Calabria, Italy

This is the main piazza.

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Incredible old door in Arena, Vibo Valentina, Calabria, Italy

Incredible old door in Arena, Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Italy

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A view throught the tree\'s -  Arena, Vibo Valentina, Calabria, Italy

A view throught the tree’s Arena, Vibo Valentina, Calabria, Italy.

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Sunset walk up to the Castle in Arena, Vibo Valentina, Calabria, Italy

Looking back to Arena and down the valley on our way the the Castle (Arena Castello) ruins.

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The Valley from Arena, Vibo Valentina, Calabria, Italy

The valley at sunset.

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Arena from the Castle Ruins,- Arena, Vibo Valentina, Calabria, Italy

Evening light bathing Arena.

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Arena from the Castle walls, Arena, Vibo Valentina, Calabria, Italy

Arena from the Castle walls.

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Entrance to the Castle in Arena, Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Italy

This is the entry to the Castle above Arena.

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Castle ruins in  Arena, Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Italy

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Castle in Arena, Vibo Valentina, Calabria, Italy

This photo shot from a distance gives you an idea of how large the castle was.

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WWI Memorial in Arena, Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Italy

WWI Memorial in Arena, Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Italy

This is the memorial to honor Arena’s World War One casualties.

I thought it would be of interest to all of the descendant’s of Arena, spread all over the world.

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Arena’s town square

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A church in Arena’s town square.

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Approacing Arena by road.

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An ancient roman aqueduct in arena

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Arena from the castello

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Sunset from the Ruderi Castle in Arena.

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The WWI memorial in Arena

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The Ruderi Castle (Ruderi Castello) at dawn and sunset.

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More Sunsets from the castle

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The WWI memorial sculpture in Arena, Calabria.

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A closeup of the WWI memorial in Arena

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Driving to Arena.

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My only Panorama of Arena, Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Italy taken from

the Ruderi Castle. This is for sale as a 20″ x 10″ photograph.

Please click on the image to see it larger.

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La Madonna Delle Grazie Church in Commune de Arena, Italia.

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Contact sheet or Photo Gallery of Arena, Calabria, Italy #1

(click on any image to view it larger)

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Contact sheet or Photo Gallery of Arena, Calabria, Italy #2

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Contact sheet or Photo Gallery of Arena, Calabria, Italy #3

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Contact sheet or Photo Gallery of Arena, Calabria, Italy #4

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All Images are Copyright Janette Larobina 2008

Images are available for sale and licensing.

An 12″ x 8″ enlargement is $25US or $30 AU

plus postage and you can use PayPal.

Photographs are printed on high quality

photography paper.

For more information email me atjanolaro+wordpress@gmail.com

All Rights Reserved.

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19 Responses to “Travel – Arena, Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Italy”

  1. A magnificant rendition of the town my father was born
    well done Jenette

  2. Just looked through your pics with my father who grew up in arena in the 1950’s to the 1970’s. Post more pics if you could he had fun reminising and sharing his youth with me.

  3. how can I purchase photographs?

    • Hi Luigi,

      I’m glad you found my web site and enjoyed seeing where your heritage is from. As you can see it is beautiful…

      All you need to do is let me know which ones you would like then I can send you an invoice using PayPal via an email then you can pay any way you want. Then I can print them out and post them to you. You don’t even need a PayPal account…

      Sincerely,

      Janette

  4. Beautiful Photos and a great job on your website! My grandparents were born & married in Arena and came to America in the 1900’s. I’ve posted a link on the Facebook page “I’m Calabrese” for all to see your beautiful work. If you do not wish for that link to exist, reply and I will remove it for you.

    • Hi Kevin,

      Thank you so much for you comments and link in facebook… I hope your family get as much pleasure from the photo’s of Arena as our family have…My husbands father came from Arena and settled in Australia before the second World War. He’s 89 now and when he saw the photo’s it reminded him of so many stories to share with us.

  5. Hello Janette – I want to thank you so muchy for your beautiful pictures – I was born and raised in Arena, and I haven’t been back there in a while — too long… Your pictures were like a wonderful visit!
    I wish you all the best in your career as a photographer – you have the “eyes” of an artist.
    Flavia R. Ida`
    San Francisco, California

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  7. My grand father was Miguel Larobina, from Arena, Italia
    Born in 17 july 1905
    His father was Serafin Larobina and Maria Tarzia
    He immigrate to Argentina, My father is Mario Larobina

    I am looking to het some information about it “Larobina”
    Can you help me?
    Or tell me here can i have more information, please?

    Thanks a lot

    Juan Sebastian larobina

  8. My wife’s parents are from Arena. A few years prior to her grandmothers passing she gave a homemade recipe for soap. As she cannot figure out the correct amounts would anyone have the recipe available.

    Arena is a beautiful village i myself have been there many times when my wifes grandparents were alive alot has changed since their passing but i sure will go and visit again and would recommend it to anyone travelling through Calabria.

    John

  9. I am a descendent granddaughter of Michaelina Gerace Calabrese born July 29, 1893? in Arena Italy. Her mother’s name, nunziatta gerace; she had sisters Giovanni and Giaonne? (JOANNE). Mcy grandfather was Dominic Calabrese born January 6, 1890, in Arena. He was the son of Theresa Calabrese, had a 1/2 brother Michael? I believe his fathers name was Joseph Calabrese. My Granddfather came to America via Ellis Island when he was 16yrs old and resided in Geneva NY for most of his 89 yrs. Anyone with any information regarding the Gerace and Calabrese Families in Arena Italy please contact me: esculli2@rochester.rr.com or lizmikesculli@hotmail.com (facebook). I would love to meet my grandparents families, aunts, uncles, cousins to learn about my roots and theirs.

    Thanks so much for any information you may have.
    We will be flying into Calabria Italy around the 7/8th of August, of 2012 and would love to know more about my family.
    Elizabeth (Liz) Sculli

  10. Elizabeth, are you going to the Calabrese/Gerace family Reunion in Geneva NY on July 22nd, in a couple of weeks? Facebook “CALABRESE FAMILY REUNION” or email me kevinmitchelltv@hotmail.com

  11. Hi Janette – I want to thank you for a very personal thing. When I saw your photo album, from your photo of Arena’s plaque to the Fallen Heroes of World War II I noticed that the name of my ancestor Domenico Ida` had been removed. We Arenesi found out that during the Mussolini regime the Fascist mayor of Arena had it removed because Domenico Ida` was ill before the war and he died not in battle but of his illness when he returned home. We Arenesi were outraged: if Domenico Ida` was ill before the war and he enlisted anyway, he was twice a hero. So we petitioned the President of Italy to have the name reinstated, and it was granted. Now the name of my ancestor will be placed again on the plaque, and his name will not be lost to the memory of our Hometown. Grazie Janette!

  12. Hi Janette,
    My parents and inlaws were born in Arena and I have the wonderful experience of visiting my aunties, uncle and cousins last year. Arena is a beautiful town.
    My auntie is Francesca Sette and I have cousins Franco, Rosella, Antonio and Maria are you related to any of them

    Regards
    Marie Schinella

  13. I have read so many posts regarding the blogger lovers but
    this piece of writing is genuinely a fastidious article, keep
    it up.

  14. Muy bella fotos Janete, gracias por hacerme conocer la tierra de mis abuelos a traves de tus imagenes. Un saludo muy cordial desde Argentina.

  15. Hermoso lugar, tierra de mi abuelo Rafael Annetta que vino a Argentina hace muchos años ! gracias por acercarnos bellas imagenes. Desconozco si hay familiares en Arena, vi que hay 2 familias con el mismo apellido pero no se si hay parentezco. Saludos, soy Viviana Molinaro Annetta.

  16. Hi, my name is Domenico Nino Gerace, and I am the grandson of Antonino Gerace son of ilario and Christina Gerace, my Grande Nonnk Ilario and My Nonno Antonino Gerace left Arena to come to Australia around 1952 we are coming in August on a family holiday and would love to know if their is family that is still their or any people that know my Nonno of his family. Please reply thank you grazie.

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