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This section contains helpful information and links for those who would like to visit the home of our ancestors, and stories about travels to the Cofrancescos' home land.
   
     
VISITING MASSA

The Charm of Staying in an Old Farmhouse

If you plan to visit the homeland of your Cofrancesco ancestors, consider staying at “Casolare Ceselenardi” in Massa di Faicchio. This ancient stone structure dates back to 1828. It is located at the foot of Mount Acero and is surrounded by olive, oak, and pine trees. It has been recently renovated, and offers all the amenities of a modern hotel. For more information visit the website:


 

Ceselenardi

Ceselenardi - Massa di Faicchio (Benevento, Italy)
   
TRAVELS TO ITALY

Since the start of our efforts to trace the Cofrancesco genealogy a number of Italian American Cofrancescos* have visited the homeland of their ancestors. Many have seen the towns where their ancestors lived, and met some of their Italian relatives. The following table lists those who have made the journey. Certainly the list is incomplete and we would welcome information about those who we could add. For those of you who may be planning your first trip, and are seeking information, you can contact those individuals who have registered as a Site Friend by clicking on their Yes answer and sending them an email. We are sure they will be pleased to answer questions you may have about travel to Italy.

 


Susan Cofrancesco Green and Michael Green in Italy

Susan Cofrancesco Green and Michael Green (MA, USA) visiting Italy on October 2008 together with Matteo and Pacifico Cofrancesco at Garlasco (Pavia, Italy)
 
Name Home ID No.
Recent visit Site Friend
Albert Cofrancesco and wife Phyllis
Connecticut I0101 2007  
Alberto Carlo Cofrancesco
Florida I1735 2000  
Anthony Cofrancesco Papandrea
New York
I2003 2008
 
Augustine Cofrancesco with wife Romily
Connecticut I1621
2005
Yes
Carol Cofrank** Swensen
Colorado I0238
2000 Yes
Francis J. (Buck) Cofrancesco
Texas
I0386
2004
Yes
Frank Morico
Connecticut
I290
2002
 
George A. Cofrank** and wife Pat
Colorado
I0359
2000
 
John A. Cofrancesco and wife Carol
Maryland
I1300
2005
Yes
Joseph Cofrancesco with wife Deborah
and son Joseph Jr
Connecticut
I1712
2006
 
Louis M. Cofrancesco, wife Kathleen
and children
Connecticut
I1830
2006 (?)
Yes
Michael J. Cofrancesco and wife Lori Ann
Florida
I1996 2005
 
Pamela Cofrancesco Manno Biller and daughter
Maryland
I0517
2007
Yes
Paul W. Cofrancesco
New Jersey
I0321
2005
Yes
Ryan M. Cofrancesco
Connecticut
I2001
*** Yes
Steven Cofrancesco
Arizona
I1978
2003
Yes
Susan Cofrancesco Green and husband Mike Green Massachussets
I1977
2008
Yes
Arlene Cofrancesco Willis and husband Michael Willis
Canada, Florida
I2034
2009
Yes
Arlene Cofrancesco Willis and her daughters Adrienne and Megan
USA, Canada
  2011
 
John Kaye (*)
New York
  2011
 
Steven Cofrancesco Arizona
  2012
 
Jo-Ann Cofrancesco Walter with her sister Arlene Cofrancesco Willis
New Jersey
  2012
 
Lucy Cofrancesco Papandrea and her son Anthony Papandrea
Massachussets
  2013  
* Born as Cofrancesco or whose mother was a Cofrancesco
     
** Name change from Cofrancesco to Cofrank
     
*** Now living in Rome, Italy
     


Papers


Cousins

Thanks a lot grandpa!
by John Kaye
Somewhere ‘twixt Naples & Foggia, or should I say between the rainbow’s end and beyond, lies the little village of Massa—or should I say, Shangri-La.

This little village in Italy, not far from Benevento, is home to around 600 people; about 500 of them are Cofrancescos or related to them, my mother’s family.  Two of her Uncles, Biagio & Giuseppe remained in Massa to head two prominent families living there today!

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Arlene at Massa
Our Trip to Massa to meet my Family
by Arlene Cofrancesco Willis
"I had been anticipating meeting Pacifico and Anna for over a year. Pacifico and I started corresponding after he found my Grandfather’s name on Ancestry.com"

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Susan Cofrancesco Green and Michael Green in Italy
Traveling to Italy... meeting Cofrancescos
by Susan Cofrancesco Green

I had the opportunity to travel with my husband Michael on a business trip to Italy. For both of us this would be our first time traveling to Italy. We flew into Milan and spent most of the ten days staying in Chiavari so that we would be close to his work, which was the boat show in Genova.

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Phyllis and Albert Cofrancesco
Our Trip to San Lorenzello
by Phyllis Masotta Cofrancesco

When I married my husband my name changed from Phyllis Masotta to Phyllis Cofrancesco.  I have always loved my marriage name but thanks to John Cofrancesco, Ivan Cofrancesco and others, I knew a lot about the Cofrancesco ancestors and little about my Masotta ancestors.  So my goal was not only to learn about the Cofrancescos but also to walk where my ancestors had walked and learn something about the Masotta family while in San Lorenzello.

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Basilica of St. Peter in Rome at midnight
A Travel Guide to visit
the Home of our Ancestors

by John A. Cofrancesco

If you are an Italian American who has never been to Italy you are in for a treat. Many people consider Italy to be among the most beautiful and historically significant countries in the world. And even if you have been to Italy before, there is nothing like a return trip to visit the birthplace of the Cofrancescos, San Lorenzello, and the nearby towns in the Province of Benevento, particularly if you have been fortunate enough to have established contact with a relative in the area. Take a look at A visit to the Home of our Ancestors by John A. Cofrancesco, on this web site to get an idea of what a trip can be like. Then look for information on our web site about San Lorenzello and the nearby towns under Our Towns.

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Walking around Massa

A Visit to the Home of our Ancestors
by John A. Cofrancesco

As the 19:50 Trenitalia from Naples approached our destination station of Telese-Cerreto my thoughts were of how it all began in 1994 with the purchase of a certificate providing a brief, and as I was to later learn, erroneous history of the Cofrancesco surname. This was the start of my efforts to learn more about my Italian ancestors.

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TO LEARN MORE...

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Italy Now
The Official Guide to Italian Tourism

A free 64 page guide to touring Italy. Contains descriptions and contact information for 18 firms that specialize in tours to Italy. Also features:

    Quick Facts and Essentials
    Climate
    Communications
    Art and Culture
    Festivals and Festivities
    Food and Wine
    Shopping
    Family Fun
    Outdoors and Sports
    Health and Beauty (Spas)
    Religion (Worship)
    Useful Addresses

Italian Government Tourist Board
http://www.italiantourism.com
   
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 December 2013 )
 

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