The story of Discover Ciociaria is a family story of search and discovery. While searching for birth records of her paternal grandfather in Italy in 2006, Nancy instead discovered members of her extended Italian family, relatives of her father and descendants of the Grilli family, who were still living in the villages of Serrone & Piglio where her grandmother had grown up.
One second-cousin-once-removed, Giulio Tirinelli, spoke English, and he and Nancy began communicating regularly. After a couple of subsequent visits to Italy with her husband Mike, Nancy and Giulio thought it might be fun to invite others to discover this part of Italy, in the form of a painting workshop, and in 2011 Discover Ciociaria…Scoprire La Ciociaria was born.
Nancy Campbell has been painting the landscape of the Catskills/Upper Hudson Valley of New York State for more than 30 years. She has owned a gallery, served on her local town council, and was Executive Director of the Woodstock School of art from 2010-2015. She now serves as Vice President of the school’s Board of Directors. In 2014 she was awarded an artist residency in Ireland, at the Cill Rialaig Arts Center in Ballinskelligs, County Kerry. Nancy lives in the Village of Saugerties with her husband Mike. They have 3 sons, Ben, Jon and Mickey.
Giulio Tirinelli has a Doctorate in Psychology, Psychophysiology & Personality from the Universita’ di Roma – Sapienza. Originally from Serrone, Giulio lives with his wife, Cinzia de Fazio in the village of Serrone. They have two children, Aurora and Sebastian.
Giulio and Nancy are descendants of Antonia Angelisanti and Giacinto Grilli, who lived in Piglio, in Ciociaria, from 1893 until their deaths in 1926 & 1940. Nancy’s grandmother Annunziata Grilli, and Giulio’s great grandmother, Francesca Grilli, were sisters. Annunziata and Francesca were daughters of Giacinto and Antonia.