Scenic view of Cocullo, Italy

This is a scenic shot of Cocullo, a town in the province of L'Aquila, located in the region of Abruzzo, in southern Italy. The town's patron saint is San Domenico and he is honoured yearly in early May. The people of this town are referred to as cocullesi. Cocullo was likely built around 10th C. A.D., on the ruins of an ancient pre-Roman settlement. The tower to the left used to higher but during the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake, the top third was badly damaged.

The view is of houses, a church, a lookout tower, and the vast mountainous landscape in the background.  The photo was taken in daylight and there is a foggy mist in the far background. It was taken from the viewpoint off of the main highway, approaching Cocullo. The photo was taken in late October 2000 by Kevin O'Grady while on a family trip with his wife, Sandy O'Grady (granddaughter of Leopoldo Mascioli), and their three daughters.  The family trip to Italy marked the couple's 40th wedding anniversary.

Cocullo is the hometown and birthplace of Leopoldo (Leo) Mascioli. At the age of 10, he travelled to the United States and Canada.  By 1940, he was living in Timmins, ON.  It was during this time, at the outbreak of the Second World War, that 64-year-old Leo was interned at Camp Petawawa.