Are you of Italian descent?
Italians, a people of Saints, sailors, poets and emigrants. This phrase represents the truth for more than thirty million Italians who emigrated abroad in the 19th and 20th centuries. In the beginning, they were mainly from Veneto, Friuli and Piedmont, and from 1900 onwards it was the regions of Calabria, Campania, Puglia and Sicily that were most affected by the phenomenon of mass emigration. And you are of Italian descent? Stay with us and make the best of the boot country! Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”.
There are more than sixty-four million descendants of Italian emigrants spread across several countries and many of them would like to find traces of family members, close or not, who left our country during the world wars to try their luck abroad. The same phenomenon, certainly, more pronounced, happened to our relatives in Calabria, and among the most popular destinations, Brazil has always been one of the countries that appear in the first places. In this text we will address the so-called “origin tourism”, which consists of the journey for emigrants and descendants to know the land of their roots. Also read about How to find your ancestors in Italy!
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I am Italian-Brazilian and I have lived in Italy for 17 years, graduated in Tourism from the University of Calabria, with a master’s degree in Cultural Tourism from the Garrone Foundation. Partner of the University of Catania in Sicily (Italy), with experience in the creation and development of tourist itineraries, in addition to being a English-speaking tour guide in Calabria (and promoter of this region), I also have the qualification of tourist escort in Europe. To learn more about my resume click here! Now watch a video about my beautiful Calabria and see how charming this Region of Southern Italy is. Also read Documentation to enter Italy!
1) Are you of Italian descent? GET TO KNOW THE ORIGIN TOURISM
The desire to return to the ‘departure station’ to discover the places of origin, where the family history began, is very common to all children of immigrants in the world, and is called ‘origin tourism‘. A phenomenon that opens up great opportunities for the sector and that in our country is still in its infancy, although, historically, Italy, at the end of the 19th century and the 1970s, was the point of origin of a migration phenomenon that involved thirty million of our countrymen.
Searching for your roots
The journey and the stay in their places of origin represent an experience of high emotional content, because it provides an opportunity to see their loved ones and, above all, to rediscover the places that marked their lives before leaving, or, in the case of descendants, the travel aims to search for your roots and discover the places where your grandparents or predecessors lived.
There are more and more calls from people interested not only in classic tourism, where they will be able to visit the most important cities of art, but many are those who are asking to include in the classic itineraries, visits to their cities of origin, a return that, for many, it means knowing their place of origin, culture and tradition of the country, as well as the origins of their relatives.
2) Are you of Italian descent? DISCOVER RETURN TOURISM
The segment of the so-called ‘return tourism‘ is increasingly enriching, and this text wants to deepen this theme, which gives an idea of how the interest for the recovery of its cultural roots is alive. How many times have you heard, perhaps at a Christmas luncheon or, more easily, at a family gathering, someone remembering the various relatives and the vicissitudes of each of them, how many times have you heard that your grandfather died in the war or emigrated because of of the same? Certainly many times. The memories are many with the inexorable passage of time, they seem to be postcards that have lost their ink and color. Sometimes the first nor the last name of the relatives who emigrated after the two wars are not even known.
3) Are you of Italian descent? KNOW THE RECORDS
In Italy, research archives and church records are not immediately available, especially ‘if you’re abroad, and it is precisely for this reason that we are able to offer a particularly strategic service, with routes that are quite unusual, outside the beaten classic tourism. Returning to the great-grandfather’s village is above all an emotional, visceral experience, and it returns a true story that speaks of the escape from poverty, but also of the rediscovery of traditions, words, flavors, people and feelings.
4) Are you of Italian descent? DISCOVER PERSONALIZED SERVICES
It is often the reminder of origins that attracts relatives from many different places and we see descendants willing to stop for a little longer ‘to visit different places’. And then I will be able to meet this new goal, with personalized services at places of departure of the greatest Italian emigration, starting with my adopted land, Calabria.
Now you can find the many relatives, places, origins and traditions of Calabria that were left behind to seek new opportunities. Anyone who intends to find their origins and doesn’t know how to do it, just know that there are several ways available and useful in this search. We are a valuable, safe and professional tool.
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A personalized itinerary in the great-grandparents’ city of departure, including advice for a possible family reunion. I guarantee it will be a memorable and once-in-a-lifetime experience! We can also recommend a serious company to look for your Italian documents!!
North of the Cosenza area, specifically in Morano Calabro, there is a partnership with the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre that has been going on for years, just to witness the objective and to further reinforce the emigration of thousands of inhabitants of Morano Calabro in Brazil, after the Second World War.
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