Leaving Casa Pietra, we drove inland towards the Appenines and another hilltop settlement, Carunchio. The landscape was quite rugged, the mountains looming in the distance playing hide-and-seek in the clouds.
You can see the dryness of the grass, but the land is still remarkably green and the trees tell the story of reasonable levels of groundwater.
There were groves of olive trees everywhere. I believe everone who has land in this area must grow olives on some of it.