My ex husband is Italian, so my sons have relatives in Italy. Gianni, my eldest, has just returned from his holidays. He took his family to Italy and introduced his partner and little Izzy to all his family over there. The village they stayed in is the one his father was born in and is lovely. The countryside is quite beautiful and verdant. Rome is about eighty miles from Canistro, so a day trip can easily be fitted in. Here is a little information about Canistro:
Historical Background: Canistro is another important example of medieval village in Abruzzo. On the slopes of the Simbruini mountains, Canistro is well-known because of the near spring which produces mineral water. Immersed in the lush vegetation of the Roveto valley, the medieval village still preserves a structure which bears witness to the fortification building of the 11th and 12th centuries, as a consequence of the laws of agriculture and sheep farming.Worth a visit are the churches of St. Bastiano and Vecchiarelli Palace, dating back to the 18th century and the church of St. Giovanni Battista. In these last years the village is growing in importance in particular because of its mineral water.
I spent happy times in Canistro, during my married years and I find little has changed, when I look at photos of the place. Needless to say, my son and his family had a wonderful time.