https://trentinogenealogy.com . My father was born in the hamlet of Duvredo in the parish of Santa Croce del Bleggio in Val Giudicarie in 1919. On my first trip to my father's homeland, I discovered our Serafini had their roots in a different part the Giudicarie, in in a in a village called Favrio, which is the original and most ancient 'zone' within the present-day town of Ragoli (also considered part of Preore in the past).
It was not until 1685 that one Marco Serafini left Favrio to marry a woman named Pasqua Painelli from Duvredo, effectively starting a new branch of the family in the Santa Croce parish. In this 23-minute video, I document our day in Favrio – called 'Freri' in local dialect – sharing the discoveries we made. You'll learn a local legend about the plague of 1630, see breath-taking views of La Chiesa the San Faustino, Monte Irone and Monte San Martino, discover the 'sorgente' (or source) of the mountain spring that gives life to this ancient village, learn about the practice of 'filò' and visit fascinating mountain houses – with their tiny wooden doors and rounded stone archways – built in 1571.
You'll also hear me huffing and puffing, as this mountain village is just never stops going up, up, up! But most of all, I hope you'll be able to feel what I felt when I walked the same streets and visited the same houses my ancestors would have seen (and possibly lived in) over 400 years ago.
This video was just the beginning of my exploration. But even though I have learned a great deal since this video was made, there is nothing like the moment of first discovery. This video will always be a record of those precious moments for me.