Punta Aderci – Abruzzo’s Tiniest Treasure

Abandoned 'trabocchi' along the sea wall of Vasto's harbour alongside the Reserve

Off the beaten Abruzzo tourist track, here’s a tiny beach-side Nature Reserve known only to locals. And now, you… more

Exploring Abruzzo’s Antiquities

The Capestrano Warrior

Abruzzo has quietly assembled a record of its past which is so astonishingly good, and so accessible and well-presented. more

Abruzzo’s Roman Past

Columns which originally formed part of a temple

Perhaps I’ve become so used to Abruzzo being a bit off-the-beaten-track, I’d maybe assumed the Romans had never discovered it either… more

Vasto ?

Sunbed City on the beach at Vasto

We went to Vasto for lunch last Thursday. It was closed… more

A Day in the Gran Sasso

Monte Piano - still snow-covered in mid-June

Touring the Gran Sasso, Abruzzo’s biggest National Park more

Majella National Park – Our Scenic Backdrop

The Majella National Park forms a constant backdrop to our wraparound views.

And with the first snows of Autumn forecast for the highest of the mountains this weekend, it seemed a good idea to take advantage of one of the last truly glorious days of Summer and take a long drive to enjoy the Park’s magnificent scenery. more

Italy’s Oldest National Park

With the Majella National Park practically on our doorstep, it probably seems a bit perverse to get into the car and drive 2 hours to the Abruzzo National Park.
Thanks to the fact that it’s tucked in away in Abruzzo’s remote south-west and crossed by only one main road, the Park’s remained relatively untouched, making it the last stronghold of the rare Marsican Brown Bear. more

Villa d’Este – Tivoli’s Timeless Treasure

The gardens of the Villa d’Este aren’t renowned for their magnificent plants.

No. You come to the Villa d’Este for the fountains. From the tiniest trickle to the most powerful, towering, thunderous plumes of water, all – incredibly – gravity-fed as they always have been, with not a pump in use. more

Monte Cassino Abbey – From Ruin to Resurrection

There are no old buildings in the medieval town of Cassino, an hour south of Rome. No historic relics. No sign of its great antiquity.

The town, along with its mighty Benedictine Abbey on the summit of Monte Cassino, was obliterated in one of World War II’s epic battles. more

The Vatican Museum – More Than Michelangelo

Doesn’t happen too often – but how good is it when it does – that something so exceeds your expectations that the dull thud you hear on experiencing it all is the sound of your own jaw dropping to the floor.

The Vatican Museum has joined that elite personal collection.

That rarity – a Museum trip that thrills. And there’s so much more than Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling to see. more
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