Situated in the region of Lazio, the town was destroyed by the earthquake which devastated central Italy on August 24, 2016, killing almost 300 people.

Amatrice was one of the 25 sites chosen by the WMF from a list of 170 nominations.

The WMF is a private, international, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic architecture and cultural heritage sites around the world through fieldwork, advocacy, grant-making, education, and training.

Founded in 1965, the organisation is based in New York, and has offices and affiliates around the world, including Cambodia, France, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

In addition to hands-on management, the affiliates identify, develop, and manage projects, negotiate local partnerships, and attract local support to complement funds provided by donors.