Our Family Circle: Calabria, Mid-May to Early June, 2018


Family Reunion in Calabria

Michael Muro enjoyed another vacation and family reunion in Italy last month.  He travelled to Agropoli  first and then to Calabria to meet-up with Antonio and Aldisa Aiello.  Travelling to Calabria with Michael was Peter Muro, son of the late Peter and Angie (nee Carola) Muro.  Peter’s wife remained in Agropoli visiting with Anna Communale and other relatives.

In Calabria, Peter and Michael enjoyed lunch with Antonio and Aldisa at “Il Pirata” (The Pirate) restaurant.  Michael said that the restaurant faced a beautiful beach which made the event even more memorable.  The restaurant made a delicious seafood salad that included calamari and mussels.  Antonio, Aldisa and Peter enjoyed Frutta di Mare Sphaghetti.  Michael went with having rice instead of any kind of pasta.

Antonio’s sister Rosina and her son Alessio will meet-up with Michael on his next trip to Calabria.  In just a little over a year, thanks to the family history project and this blog, Michael has connected to Antonio Aiello, the nephew of his beloved paternal Grandmother, the late Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro.  Michael has also met Antonio’s children and is in touch with them, too.  What was also good was that Peter Muro got to meet Antonio during this trip.

To read about how we all came together in such an unplanned and amazing way please see our previous postings listed after Michael’s photos from his visit to Calabria.

Photos from Michael and Peter’s day in Calabria

Peter Muro w Aldisa and Antonio Aiello Calabria May 2018

Left to right:  Peter Muro, Alidisa Aiello, Antonio Aiello.

Michael Muro Calabria May 2018 B

At Il Pirata, left to right around the table:  Michael Muro, Aldisa Aiello, Antonio Aiello.

Calabria May 2018-Michael Muro-Near Restaurant

View of the beach from Il Pirata restaurant.

Previous Postings about the Aiello Family

42a-Muro Family in America-Rosina Aiello Marasco of Martirano

46g-Aiello Family of Calabria-Connecting with the family of Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro

Summer 2017: Michael Muro’s Trip to Italy, Part 3-A visit to the Aiello Family




Summer 2017: Michael Muro’s Trip to Italy, Part 3-A visit to the Aiello Family

Updated on 8-13-2017:

Thanks to Antonio Eugenio Aiello this posting is updated with the name, address and screen shots of the restaurant where Michael and the Aiello family had lunch.  The caption for the fifth photo was corrected.  Updated info is in italics.


Cousin Michael Muro vacationed in Italy this July. He stayed in Agropoli with relatives including Giuseppe Carnicelli.  Giuseppe accompanied Michael when he travelled south to Calabria to visit Antonio Eugenio and Aldisa Aiello.  Antonio’s daughters Stefania and Sandra were also in town.  This was such a good development for Michael and Giuseppe.

It looks like the day in Calabria included lots of good food, good scenery, good company, and good conversation! Uncle Sammy and I are very happy that Cousin Michael had a chance to enjoy La Dolce Vita during this trip to Italy.

We introduced Giuseppe Carncicelli in two earlier postings.  Please see links in the Related Postings section.

Relationship Notes

Antonio Eugenio Aiello is the nephew of Michael’s paternal Grandmother Rose Aiello Marasco Muro.

Michael and Antonio connected after Antonio’s son Amedeo Aiello contacted me earlier this year. It is a beautiful thing to have facilitated the introduction through this blog and watch the relationship grow.

Ristorante Pesce Fresco

The Aiello family, Michael Muro and Giuseppe Carnicelli dined at the Ristorante Pesce Fresco.  The following screen shots from Google Maps provide the location and street view. 

Aerial view from Google Maps.  The orange dot denotes the restaurant location.

Street view from Google Maps. 

Michael Muro’s Photo Album: A visit with the Aiello Family of Calabria, July 2017

The white strip you see running across the sand on this beach is a concrete walkway. People can walk along it to avoid the hot sand.  When you reach a point where you want to be you can then go onto the sand.

At the beach (left to right): Antonio Eugenio Aiello, his wife Aldisa, Michael Muro, and Antonio’s daughters Stefania and Sandra.

The restaurant where Michael and the Aiello family had lunch is located near the beach. Around the table from left to right are:  Michael, Antonio Eugenio, Aldisa, Sandra and Stefania.

Michael enjoyed the meal which started with this dish of marinated fish, tuna and pink marinated onions.

The next course consisted of a choice of pasta with fish, spaghetti with claims and ravioli with scallops. Here are the raviolis.  Is anyone getting hungry?

Michael described the third course for me when I asked about how this fish was prepared. He told me that “There was a choice of swordfish or fish that was cleaned of the bones and split open with seasoning and breadcrumbs and baked in the oven. This fish was served with the head which I had the waiter remove. Sorry but I don’t remember the name of this fish. But it was very good.”

At home with the Aiello family.  Left to right: Antonio Eugenio, Aldisa, Michael Muro, Sandra and Stefania.

Michael’s beautiful day in Calabria concluded with Antonio asking for some photos of the family members back in the U.S. And so the relationships will continue to grow and, we hope, flourish.

Related Postings

Summer Break 2017: Michael Muro’s trip to Italy, Part 1

Summer Break 2017: Michael Muro’s vacation in Italy, Part 2


Family Story: The Carola Hotel

Title:  The Carola Hotel

Location:  Agropoli, Salerno, Campania, Italy

Occasion:  Visit to Muro and Serrapede Families in Our Ancestral Hometown

Time:  Summer 1976

My Maternal Grandparents, Josie (nee Muro) and Sam (Sabato) Serrapede, took me on a three week trip to Italy in the Summer of 1976.  The main purpose was to celebrate my Grandmother’s retirement and to reconnect with the family in Agropoli.  Both my maternal Grandmother and Grandfather were born in that town which is near Salerno in Campania Province.

Grandma Josie was firm that we were going to stay at the hotel because she wanted the comfort of all the modern conveniences.  I did not understand her emphasis until after we arrived in Agropoli.

The Carola was situated at the foot of the Old Town, a slight distance from the high hill upon which the Old Town is located.  There was a view of the beach from our room.  It was especially beautiful at sunrise.  I remember how the water looked bronze and the side of the hill began to light up from the base to the top as the sun climbed higher in the sky.  At night we could see the night fisherman out in their rowboats carrying lanterns.  I was told the light would stun the fish and make them less likely to escape from the nets.

The weather was very hot and on some days slightly humid, on other days dry.  I ended up taking two showers a day, frequently washing my hair.  The hotel did not have air conditioning at that time.

My Grandmother and I shared a room while my Grandfather had a large room to himself on the floor above us.  We could hear him from the terrace right above ours as he talked to friends who passed by on the street below.  Our room was very simple by American standards.  There were no rugs or fancy drapes or slip covers.  I’m glad there weren’t because the room would have felt too closed in during the hot weather.  The walls were smooth and painted a neutral color, beige or sand.  The furniture was very simple, too.  Everything was very neat, well-ordered and very clean.  Given how bright the sunlight could be and how hot the long days were, I found that simplicity and order all I needed to be satisfied with the comfort the room offered.

I didn’t appreciate just how much the conveniences at The Carola Hotel meant to me until we visited Grandpa Sam’s sister Italia.  She lived in a very, very old Pre-WWII building right at the foot of the stairs leading up to The Old Town.  It was quite an accomplishment that Italia’s family had gotten running water up to her apartment.  The toilet, though, was still a shared facility.  It was situated in a little room in the hallway of the floor where she lived.  Other tenants on the floor also used that toilet.  There were times a bucket of water had to be thrown down to ensure everything got flushed away.

I wasn’t aware that the Carola Hotel was owned by the family from which Mary Angela (née Carola) Muro’s father was born into.

Mary Angela was my Grandma Josie’s sister-in-law.  We always called Mary Angela by her nickname of Angie.  Angie was married to Grandma Josie’s younger brother Peter Muro.

On February 13, 2014 Claudia Muro, daughter-in-law of Angie and Peter Muro, told me the Carola Hotel was closed some time ago.  Claudia is married to Angie and Peter’s son, Robert Muro.

Claudia told me that the Carola Family operated the hotel and its restaurant separately.  She knew one of the cooks who worked at the restaurant.  He wanted very much to work in America and he loved Wilmerding, the Muro’s home town in the U.S.A.  He was unable to complete the process, though and could not come here to live and work.

As much as I loved visiting all the relatives, I was thankful we had the hotel room to retreat into each night while we were in Agropoli.  I enjoyed the quiet company of my Grandma Josie and the view of the beach each morning and night.  I needed that quiet time after all the sightseeing and visiting each day.

EmilyAnn Frances May

May 14, 2014

Summer Break 2017: Michael Muro’s vacation in Italy, Part 2

I received a few photos and an update from Michael Muro today.  The weather in Agropoli continues to be very hot and very humid.  Michael is staying with the family of Giuseppe Carnicelli, the cousin I met during our May meet-up in Brooklyn Heights.


July is a festive month for Giuseppe and his brother Vincenzo.  They both celebrate birthdays this month.    Vincenzo will turn 23 on July 29th.  This photo of (left to right, Vincenzo, Michael and Giuseppe) was taken at Nero Cafe in Agropoli.  I love the bright, upbeat colors in the décor.

Giuseppe’s birthday was on July 11th.  The combination of birthday cake and champagne is irresistible!   Uncle Sammy and I wish both brothers a very good year ahead.


A festival was recently held during the time Michael has been in Agropoli.  Here we see the Piazza all lit up.  I love the way the colors of the lights are so vivid against the night sky and the old buildings surrounding the piazza.


Michael also had time to visit another cousin from the Carnicelli family, too.  Michele lives in Santa Maria which is about 20 minutes from Agropoli.  His mother is from the Carnicelli family.  I think I see some resemblance between Michael and Michele.

Giuseppe continues to take courses online with the school in Pittsburgh where he studied English conversation, reading and writing this past Spring while he was in the U.S. visiting Michael.  On Saturday, July 25th Michael and Giuseppe head to Calabria for another get-together with the newly discovered relatives of his Grandma Rose.  Eugenio and Aldisa Aiello and their children will spend a day with Michael.  He’s promised more photos along with all the details.  Eugenio is Rose’s nephew.

Uncle Sammy and I wish Michael safe travels, sunny weather and the continued pleasure of good company during this last phase of his vacation in Italy.


Summer Break, July 2017

Update July 5, 2017:  I have received many positive responses here and by email to the inclusion of the YouTube clip featuring the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Scene from the 1977 film “Saturday Night Fever”.  The film was shot entirely on location in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Bensonhurst and other nearby neighborhoods.  It tells the story of a young Italian-American named Tony Manero.  The story is about coming of age and coming to terms with the serious issues of what he wants to do with his life.  Stephanie Mangano, his dance partner, has the ability to both enchant him and bedevil him which makes for a believable and ongoing tug and pull between them.  She is the only one who challenges him to become  more than what he is when they meet, to work on becoming good and having a direction.  Even with her flaws, Stephanie just might be the right woman for Tony.   Below I have included another link to the clip featuring Tony and Stephanie at the disco dance competition.  After the bridge scene, this is my favorite.

Greetings to all our WordPress friends, subscribers, readers , relatives and paesani!  The weather here in Brooklyn, N.Y. is absolutely perfect right now.  Warm, dry, bright and slightly breezy at times with the bluest of skies all day.  It is the perfect time for long walks and being outdoors.

Today I walked along Shore Road all the way up to John Paul Jones Park.  From there I walked down towards the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to take photos.  The bridge was named after the early 16th century Italian explorer, Giuseppe da Verrazano.  He was the first explorer on record to sail into New York Harbor.  The bridge was opened in the early 1960s and was an occasion of great excitement and a mark of progress for residents of Brooklyn, and Staten Island.  Prior to the bridge’s opening, the only way for Brooklynites and Staten Islanders to access each other’s boroughs was by ferry.  The bridge also offers another way to travel to New Jersey via Staten Island.

The Verrazano-Narrows bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.  It is also famous for being featured in the movie “Saturday Night Fever.”  Here are some photos from my walk today.


The bike and walking path continues along the Narrows all the way up to the 90s Streets. In the background is Staten Island.


The view in the distance is in the direction of the lower numbered streets where my walk began.



These large ships dwarfed the pleasure boats that zipped past before I could focus to get a good photo.


View of the Brooklyn side and Tower of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.


This close-up of the Staten Island Tower and side of the bridge was only made possible by the use of a 35mm camera.


Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Saturday Night Fever 1977 Verrazano-Narrows Bridge movie scene

Saturday Night Fever – More Than A Woman (Bee Gees)





36a-Summer Break: Uncle Sammy & Aunt Kathie’s Vacation in Italy

We’re going on Summer Break for the month of August.  The continued heat and humidity do not encourage reading and discussion of family history.  Instead it is a time to live through each day as leisurely as possible.  It’s also a time to dream away the hot days.  An afternoon nap after a swim or cool shower is a good way to pass the hottest hours in the afternoon.

During this Summer Break we’ll post photos of travels, day trips or staycation activities.  There may also be photos from our family album along with some pleasant memories to share.  The content of our postings will be more visual and not require much on the part of our readers.  We hope they will provide a few minutes of escape from the heat and a prompt to remember pleasant vacation  and summertime memories from your own family life and travels.

Uncle Sammy and Aunt Kathie are currently on a tour of Italy.  Here are some of the photos of the places visited in the last 10 days.



The nave of St. Peter’s Basilica.


The Vatican Museum.

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Baltimore June 10-12, 2016

I was in Baltimore, Maryland for the first time from June 10th through 12th. The occasion was the wedding of Aunt Kathie’s son Michael Lingle to Katy Knipp.  The wedding was a beautiful weekend affair that spanned all three days.  Michael waited a long time for the right woman to be his lifelong partner.  We are all delighted that he married Katy.  She is his perfect complement.  The wedding ceremony took place in a ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel overlooking the Inner Harbor.

The Inner Harbor is a beautiful example of old and new.  The sight of the boats moored on the water or sailing past offered many photo opportunities.  Tourists can walk to scenic Fells Point  very easily from Inner Harbor.  Along the way you’ll meet many friendly and helpful residents.  The atmosphere is urban and yet a touch of the past remains in the restored 18th and 19th century homes and cobblestoned streets of Fells Point.  On my way to the Hilton Garden Court Inn where I stayed the taxi driver told me Baltimore is called “Charm City”.  After enjoying the Inner Harbor and Fells Point I could understand why.

I hope you’ll enjoy these photos from my stay in Charm City.  I loved my stroll through Fells Point.  I put the camera away because I wanted to immerse myself in each moment I was there..  Many artists live in Fells Point yet the atmosphere is so different from the trendy, hipster vibe one gets in Brooklyn, New York these days.  I attribute this to the people themselves.  They are so open, so relaxed and so without pretense.  That is part of the appeal to Charm City.  The farmers market in Fells Point offers a tempting variety of sweets, baked goods, fresh vegetables, jewelry and other hand made items.  My favorite spot was the Café Latte’da where I bought a pound of coffee for my Cousin Jackie’s housewarming gift.  Café Latte’da donates a portion of their sales to help a local charity  that works with rehabilitation and adoption of dogs.  There’s a wonderful mix of people of all ages in this cozy little café.

Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland


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