a tale of a few cities

Abruzzo

Posted in italia by petercombe on November 11, 2008


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The first leg of our trip this past October was spent in the mountainous region of Abruzzo. The photos above were taken from our rental car as we sped through the region on our day trips to different towns and villages.

Many foreign travelers prefer the “picture postcard” beauty of the north, but to travel to Abruzzo and other southern regions is to witness an age-old Italian lifestyle that has not changed for centuries. Here you’ll find ancient beechwood forests inhabited by wolves and bears, century-old pathways still used by colorfully-attired shepherds and their flocks, ominous castles which now guard nothing but desolate stretches of wilderness where the only sign of life might be a soaring royal eagle or a lone family of mountain goats.

Italians traditionally think of Abruzzo as a remote, mountainous region, here and you will indeed encounter hills, which rise quickly to become the infamous Abruzzo mountains, dotted with some of the least visited hill towns in Italy.

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