He buys his grandparents’ village to revive it: the story of Siaka, Scotland from Siocaria

He buys his grandparents' village to revive it: the story of Siaka, Scotland from Siocaria

The population of ancient villages, especially those hidden in inaccessible or inaccessible places, is unfortunately a feature of the Italian hinterland, a phenomenon that in recent years has led to the abandonment of wonderful squares and the closure of historical activities, but It has also given rise to new forms of economy. and with suggestive operations to restart areas based on tourism, widespread hospitality and the restoration of rural traditions.

A symbolic case is that of the Scottish businessman Cesidio Di Ciacca, who was born in a fishing village near Edinburgh, Cockenzie, but was strongly associated with our country because of his Siocirian origins. Not satisfied with buying a single house, Di Siacca decides to actually buy an entire village – now almost uninhabited – precisely with the aim of bringing it back to life.

Born into a family where all 8 children had an English name, when the mother had to choose her own name, she decided to break the rules and called it with her grandfather. There is a coincidence that perhaps even then the deep bond was preserved between the Scottish lawyer and Italy, the country of origin of the grandparents, who came from Siacca, in the municipality of Picinisco (fr), Lazio of the National Park of Abruzzo. side inside.

From this 1500 village, Sesidio and Marietta set out a century ago in search of fortune for Scotland, and just in Siacca, for the carrom of fortune, the story begins.

The childhood of the Scottish lawyer was actually marked by several holidays in the land of his grandparents in Italy. Summer after summer the grandchildren were brought to Ciociaria to search for the family’s origins, at a time saving on travel, but despite modest economic resources, Italy was not abandoned.

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Fifteen years ago, inspired by nostalgia and respect for their origins, Cesidio and his wife decided to buy a house in the historic center of Siaca, renovating an entirely dilapidated building to turn it into a beautiful hotel. Was looking for myself in a short time to do. , even awarded by the Touring Club Italia Stanz d’Italia.

The first step that blows the fuse: why not revive the entire country? Among other things, the region seemed perfect for the production of wine and therefore had all the conditions for creating a thriving economic activity that was able to feed and support itself.

“Nostalgia”, “Soto le Stell” and “Matrimonio” are names of three wines that, by recovering ancient local vines, today the Scottish entrepreneur and his wife produce in the area and the village of Siaka has been house-to-house, undergoing renovation. Post renovation, bought by them and brought back to life in the name of extensive hospitality. Proof that, when the entrepreneurial spirit is met with authentic love for the field, everything is possible.

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