The construction of the Casone and the structure of the estate are due to the initiative of di Loreto family, dedicated to sheep farming and agriculture since the seventeenth century and still owner of the places. The Casone was built in the mid-1800s, as a partial alternative to sheep farming, in support of a trout farm that was planted by building three ponds inside the property, called fishponds, which exploited the waters of the Colleciglio stream, coming from the mountain.
The twentieth century
With time, the trout farm went into disuse, one of the fish farms was drained and in the early 1900s the Casone di Colleciglio increasingly took on the role of a farm, closely linked to sheep farming which , in the summer months, it brought the numerous flocks of the family from the Tavoliere to the mountain pastures of Barrea. It should be noted that the estate, before the creation of the lake, extended into the valley below, also including an ancient monastery now submerged by the waters of the artificial basin.
The earthquake of 1984
The earthquake that struck Abruzzo in 1984 caused considerable damage to the Casone which, in the early 1990s, was entirely restored in full compliance with the original forms and structures. Since 1999, the restored Casone di Colle Ciglio, offers guests an authentic stay in the beautiful unspoilt nature of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park.