We’ve always wanted to visit San Vito, located just 40 minutes from the Panamanian border in the south of Costa Rica, at 3,268 feet elevation. It was only a 2-hour ride from Sierpe. The roads were great; no potholes or traffic, and it was so beautiful. In fact, riding through the whole Southern Zone was like that.
The attraction for us here is that the town was settled in the 1950’s by a group of Italian immigrants. Since all four of my grandparents are from Italy (Sicily), we were especially interested in learning more about the history of this town.
We stayed at the beautiful Cascata del Bosco (which means “waterfall in the forest” in Italian). See our full review below. We ate several meals at the hotel restaurant and found the food, prices, and service to be very good. Other than thoroughly enjoying our cabin and the surrounding grounds, there were two other high points for me.
The first was our interview with Eugene Crota. Eugene, now 78 years old, and his family were one of the 170 families who originally settled San Vito in 1952:
The second high point, for me, was eating lunch at Pizzaria Liliana, located in downtown San Vito. (Unfortunately, it’s the only Italian restaurant in San Vito.) We ate a delicious Pizza Margarita and a Caprese Salad. Delicious!
We were also able to take a look at a homemade book that the grandmother, Liliana, and her family had put together about the history of San Vito. Liliana and her family came from outside of Milan and were one of the 170 families who founded San Vito.
Here are a few of my favorite pics from their book (circa 1952):
Men at work in San Vito, cutting down trees, carrying them, cutting them to make wood to build houses and buildings:
The first wedding in San Vito:
Translation for the following picture: The horse and the first buildings with the men, who in those days, were always working — familiar faces, wise men, and work as testimony to their manliness.
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