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Montereale is a small town in the mountains of L'Aquila province,east of Rome in the Abruzzo region of Italy.

The decline of Abruzzo’s agricultural economy in the first half of the 20th century inadvertently saved parts of Abruzzo from modern development, so today the region has some of Italy's best-preserved medieval and Renaissance hill towns.

A number of them now lie within regional and national parks, so their further preservation is all but assured.

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