I’ve been away for a few days without an internet connection. And I realized that I didn’t miss it at all! This is all thanks to the lovely time I had in the Italian region of Abruzzo.
This is one of those few regions in Italy that even Italians don’t really know much about. It’s not famous as Tuscany, Sicily, the Riviera or Rome. I won’t be surprised if you never heard of it before, but as an Italian I really want you to discover its authentic beauty.
I had the first impression on Abruzzo last year, when I drove all the way from Apulia to Liguria and when I was crossing this region I found myself “wow-ing” a lot. Then I went to the Italian Alps for work, and met someone who became a great friend of mine, Anna, from Abruzzo. She invited me to visit her, so that’s how it all happened!
In this post I aim to show you the beauty of Abruzzo through some photos I took during my stay. I hope you enjoy the tour! And why not, maybe next time you travel to Italy you may as well consider Abruzzo as an alternative destination.
Wine tastings with Cantine Aperte
Every year in Italy we have an event called “Cantine Aperte” (Open Cellars) where wine cellars open for two days and with a symbolic admission of €5 per day you can taste all the wines of as many cellars as you want (if you can handle it!). This is a nationwide event, I experienced it in Piedmont before, and this time I had the pleasure of exploring the cellars and vineyards of the Chieti and Pescara provinces.
Me and my friends visited 3 cellars in total, not many if you consider that there were more than 40 in the area, but it would be impossible to see them all… and drink all that wine!
Abruzzo is a region with a great variety of landscapes. They have the Adriatic Sea on the eastern side, hills in the center and the Apennines Mountains on the west. The highest mountain is called Gran Sasso, with its 2912 meters of altitude, and even on summer the summit is striped with snow.
Made in Italy
All things typical Italian that I saw during my stay in Abruzzo: a friend’s mother with her tombolo, a FIAT car rally, and of course all the wine I mentioned above!
Last but not least, how can I write a post about Italy without mentioning food? Well of course this is not gonna happen!
I am pretty sure that the most typical food in Abruzzo are the “arrosticini” – it literally means “little roasted things” and they are smoked skewers of lamb cut in small cubes. Yes they are oily and yes they are yummy! And be warned, one leads to another.
End of the day – the sunset
End of the day and end of the post – here is the sunset over the vineyards of Abruzzo.
I had a great time in Abruzzo, it was the perfect destination to relax after a pretty hectic time! Also it was very easy to reach it thanks to direct buses that go there from all the main Italian cities. So what are you waiting for? Check it out!
So how did you like the photos and Abruzzo? Who’s been there?
Dear Giulia, thanks for your post! I’ve been in love with the Abruzzo since I was a child. My parents used to carry my sister and me in Roccaraso and then in Rivisondoli (not too far from l’Aquila) for spending some of the most loving augusts of my life. We bought a little house in 1986 in Rivisondoli as well, so we keep on going there and spending one or two weeks every year. In the future, I hope you could have the chance to visit a very special place, Pescocostanzo (just 3 km far from Rivisondoli), a little and precious pearl, attested as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Besides, there are a lot of other stunning places, full of castles (one of the most famous is Rocca Calascio), beautiful mountains, some nice lakes (like Scanno and Gole del Sagittario). I don’t know much the coast and sea in Abruzzo. If you like, I can show you some photos of those places of mine on flickr. Thanks again for giving me some minutes in my Abruzzo.