In days of old, people in Gagliato sat in front of or around ‘u focularu (the fireplace) to share moments of family and friendship. It was a means to connect; it was where few and many gathered to discuss the events of the day; where elders passed on knowledge, advice, and folklore; and, it was where a person could reflect quietly about life.
Today, the reality is that the majority of gagliatesi are scattered throughout the world. They have, for varied and justified reasons, rooted themselves and their families in adopted communities. Most lead very complicated and focused lives. Most have excelled in their endeavours. So, Gagliato is not and should not be expected to be a dominant force in their lives. However, despite that fact, many gagliatesi harbour a quiet emotional connection to Gagliato – to the place or the concept.
The idea and effort has always been to make this site the on-line version of ‘u focularu, to attempt to connect our scattered world community.
- Imagine a meeting and sharing place for anyone knowledgeable about Gagliato and those who have or may have a connection, ancestral or touristic, to that charming small town in Southern Italy!
- Imagine a focus on facts, history, traditions, genealogy, news, and the sharing of experiences in Gagliato and of gagliatesi!
- Imagine the accomplishment if future generations could visit a (this) site to access knowledge that the dispersed gagliatese community of today deposited for them!
Unfortunately, despite significant and repeated effort to date, this site has not achieved it’s potential and likely never will because the unpleasant reality is that the community at large remains fractured.
However, as long as I can continue, this site will be kept active so that everyone can use whatever has been created thus far as a resource. I remain hopeful that others will someday join my endeavour.
Nicola Gareri (Toronto, Canada)