Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center


Ain't No Mountain High Enough: Cusano Mutri 2014


Fresh funghi from the forested slopes of the Benevento region

Cusano Mutri: Fall 2014

From September 26-28th, 25 students found themselves discovering the beauty of mushrooms, Campania, and the essence of the Italian sagra. In its 12th installation, the Cusano Mutri study trip took students hiking through valleys in Civitella Licinio, cooking with local Cusanese chefs, scaling slopes at the Bocca della Selva, and touring the Paleolab of Pietraroja to discover the Cretaceous fossil history of the area. Students were lodged at the beautiful agriturismo La Calvarusio, located in the hills above Cusano Mutri. At 1000 meters high, students ate freshly baked cornetti from their host, Clementina, and built campfires by night for s’mores and community building. Throughout the weekend students ate lunches and dinners at Lo Svalgo, a local restaurant with a stand at the Sagra dei Funghi. Students were also able to interact with local academics like their guide for the entire weekend, Angelo Zollo, and their paleontological expert, Sergio Bravi who visited from the University of Naples Federico II. By the end of the trip, students were able to understand the beauty of a true Italian sagra, discover the importance of Campanian geology, and learn about the sacredness of each to the local community of Cusano Mutri.