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Check Out Sylvester Stallone’s Ancestral Hometown of Gioia del Colle

Sylvester Stallone struggled in his early days as an actor, arriving in New York City in 1964. He started his career as an actor finding work as side characters or extras. He got his first critical role with Stanley Rosiello in "The Lords of Flatbush." In 1976, Stallone broke out into the acting scene with "Rocky." While born and raised in Manhattan, New York, his ancestral Italian home is in Gioia del Colle, in Puglia.

Here are some fun facts about Stallone's ancestral Italian hometown of Gioia del Colle:

  • Gioia del Colle means, “Joy of the Hill”
  • It is famous for its fresh mozzarella and local red wine
  • Sylvester Stallone’s father, Francesco “Frank” Stallone Sr, was born in Gioia del Colle
  • Frank Stallone immigrated to the United States in 1923 and became a barber
  • Sylvester Stallone won 3 Oscars for his iconic film, Rocky

Check out the video below for an exclusive tour of Sylvester Stallone’s ancestral hometown of Gioia del Colle.