Off the beaten Abruzzo tourist track, here’s a tiny beach-side Nature Reserve known only to locals. And now, you…...read more
Abruzzo has quietly assembled a record of its past which is so astonishingly good, and so accessible and well-presented....read more
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…...read more
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....read more
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.
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....read more
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....read more
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....read more