|The little family (part of it without two sons) walking in the main square of l’Aquila|
|Just some cards|
|First page of the population register regarding 1879|
|Old documents destroyed by the war in Scontrone regarding Tirilli Caterina|
Later in the afternoon we visited L’Aquila, the hometown of my great grandfather. I was struck by the beauty of the city and heartbroken by the devastation. I knew of the earthquake, I had read about it and seen some videos and programs on it, but there was no way I could fathom what had happened without seeing it in person. Still I have a hard time grasping the events. To see such a beautiful place in such a state, is overwhelming. I am at a loss for words.
|L’Aquila the Santa Maria della Misericordia little square where Domenico Cambio was born|
We were able to find the place where my great grandfather was born, very near the church Santa Maria di Misercordia. He was born in a charity home and given to the midwife who attended the birth. The midwife brought him to the Mayor of L’Aquila who gave him his name, Domenico Cambio. Domenico because he was born on a Sunday, Cambio because his history was to be changed. He was given to a woman, Antonia Rotilio who breast fed him and swore to take responsibility for his life. An incredible story.