Falconara Albanese, Calabria, Italy
i've been on the go - Egypt, Greece, Italy - and this was really the highlight of the trip.
Falconara Albanese is in the mountains in the South of Italy, in Calabria. it sits on the side of a mountain. it has been there for 700 years. it was founded by Albania exiles in order to protect themselves from Turkish invaders that pushed them out of their land in Albania.
it is also the town in which my maternal grandparents were born before immigrating to the U.S. about 100 years ago.