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Loreto Aprutino Abruzzo Italy

Southwest of Pescara, among hills of olive trees, Loreto stands out against the sky with its imposing Palazzo Chiola (a formerly medieval castle) and the Church and the belltower of San Pietro Apostolo, and promises the visitor a wealth of artistic and historical treasures, along with its peculiar traditional Feast of San Zopito, the Patron Saint of the village. The area is renowned for its olive oil production.
Italic necropolis at Colle Fiorano and Farina-Cardito show that the area was already inhabited in the VI century B.C. Later on, in the early Middle Ages, it was known under the name of Castrum Laureti and was the capital of a countdom. Its importance in the medieval period is reflected in the many works of art which embellished the rich medieval centre. Later on it belonged to the D'Aquino Family and in the 16th century was first under the D'Avalos and finally the D'Afflitto.
The design is a modern response to the site context. The palette of materials used was deliberately restrained in response to the domination of the site.