ACCIAROLI, ITALY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2018: A woman walks by the Hotel La Scogliera, where Ernest Hemingway stayed in 1951, in Acciaroli, a small fishing village in the municipality of Pollica, Italy, on September 14th 2018. During his stay in Acciaroli, Ernest Hermingway drew inspiration for his masterpiece "The Old Man and the Sea".
To understand how people can live longer throughout the world, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have teamed up with colleagues at University of Rome La Sapienza to study a group of 300 citizens, all over 100 years old, living in Acciaroli (Pollica), a remote Italian village nestled between the ocean and mountains in Cilento, southern Italy.
About 1-in-60 of the area’s inhabitants are older than 90, according to the researchers. Such a concentration rivals that of other so-called blue zones, like Sardinia and Okinawa, which have unusually large percentages of very old people. In the 2010 census, about 1-in-163 Americans were 90 or older.