“You should visit Abruzzo, it has both mountains and the sea”, my friend said. This was the response I got when I asked about the perfect place that blended active exploration with cultural immersion.
“It’s right in the center of Italy”, my companion went on.
Having traveled all over Italy, it was the very first time I had ever heard of Abruzzo. For my family and me, this was another good reason to visit that ever-tempting country again.
We set off from Bologna on January 6th, the day when the Bolognese were celebrating the Epiphany. Reaching Abruzzo when it was dark, we only saw a hill sprinkled with lights. Our imagination was not able to fully draw out the landscape around us. As we entered our hotel on top of the hill, we were left wondering about what tomorrow had in store for us.
Opening the window shutters first thing the next morning, we couldn’t believe our eyes…
For the whole day, we traveled the winding roads along the coastal ridges and descended into valleys, stopping where the road would allow us. We marveled at the breathtaking scenery, unable to contain our astonishment.
Well preserved rural houses, towns on hills that beckon with their medieval towers, shimmering lakes, perfect multi-colored patches of land, vineyards and olive plantations – the beauty of this rural pastoral landscape unfolded against the backdrop of the bulking grandeur of Gran Sasso. Meanwhile, the azure strip of the sea peeking out from behind each hill gives this bewitching spectacle its depth and definition.
We no longer had any doubts. We had found the place.
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