In the medieval village of Casoli, Italy, a 220-year-old palace is getting a complete makeover - and becoming a shared holiday home for 126 lucky owners. Casoli is a classic medieval town, sitting on a hilltop in the heart of the Abruzzo region of Italy. Named one of the best places in the world to retire, it's known as "the green lung of Italy" du...

The first evidence of olive growing in Abruzzo date from the period of Roman domination, when the protectionist measures adopted by Rome favoured an expansion of olive-growing and the olive oil industry.  Virgil speaks of olive trees in the Marsica, near Lake Fucino, while Ovid documents their production in the Peligna Valley. With the fall of the...

Casoli officially enters the list of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Learn about historical spots, majestic nature reserves, renowned olive growing and murals scattered around the city. Thanks to a long and significant project of revitalising the historic centre started in 2017 by the municipal administration, the Abruzzo town of Casoli (in pr...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is excited to celebrate its 46th Anniversary Gala at the elegant Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, October 23. This year, NIAF will salute its 2021 Region of Honor, Abruzzo, Italy’s most abundantly natural and “greenest” region. NIAF will also celebrate five distinguished honorees...

You may have never heard of Capestrano, yet this village in Abruzzo was home to what has become the symbol of the whole region: the Warrior of Capestrano.  The Warrior of Capestrano is a statue found by chance in 1934 by a local farmer as he was planting a vineyard. The statue, which also goes by the name of Nevio Pompuledio, dates back to the mid-...

Sometimes it happens that I find out about the story of a person who personifies exactly the message that We the Italians has been representing for 10 years now: when Italy and the United States come together, the result is wonderful. Other times I have the pleasure of interviewing people who embody one or more positive symbols of Italy. Still othe...

Welcome to the Hobbits’ Shire… of Abruzzo.  In the countryside of Bucchianico, near the town of Chieti, Nicolas Gentile is building his Halfling’s Shire, inspired by JRR Tolkien’s fictional Middle-earth described in the wildly popular novel and films “Lord of the Rings.” A geology and pastry chef, 37-year-old Gentile is planning to recreate the Hob...

Italian premier Mario Draghi travelled to L'Aquila on Tuesday morning to inaugurate a park in memory of the 309 victims of the earthquake that devastated the Abruzzo capital in 2009. Describing the earthquake as a "deep wound inflicted on the community", Draghi said: "We cannot and must not forget," hailing the victims as "309 angels." Draghi said...

Located in south-central Italy, the region of Abruzzo stretches from the heart of the Appennino mountains, to the Adriatic Sea, on a mainly mountainous and wild land. Between the rocky slopes and pristine peaks arise tourist resorts and well-equipped skiing facilities and Winter Sports, like at Roccaraso. There are numerous nature reserves, like th...

Atop a small, rolling hill in Italy’s vast forests in Abruzzo, sits a big, stocky tree—the Pontone beech tree. This beech, however, is deceiving: It is not one but up to seven coexisting beech trees fused together through their bark, forming a broad, bulging base. Its thick, tentacle-like branches reach nearly 70 feet into the sky; its dense networ...