The village pictured below is Rocca di Mezzo, Abruzzo. In summer this pastoral scene is typical but in winter this village is frequently cut off by snow.
Abruzzo is a wonderful region, full of diverse landscape and wonderful people. While it is situated near the middle of Italy, it is considered part of the south and thus a disadvantaged area. The principal city is L'Aquila, a location that made the news headlines in 2009 for suffering a massive earthquake. Most of mainland Italy sits on major fault lines, and earthquakes (terremoto) are not uncommon.