In the heart of the Abruzzo region, set amid limestone rocks and leafy woods crossed by streams, rises the town of Capistrello, not far from the Monte Salviano nature reserve. The town is divided into districts connected by cobbled streets, and is a pleasant place for a quiet stroll, listening to the sounds of the birds and the wind in the trees that surround it. Visitors with an interest in architecture can admire the splendid buildings dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries, constructed in the main by Benedictine monks. Capistrello is a town that remains very much in touch with its history: this was a place of torture and executions carried out by German troops during the Second World War, and in 2004 it received the Gold Medal for Civil Merit for not allowing these horrors to be forgotten.
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