Vacanza  In     Abruzzo   10-08-1999 




Every year, Luciano, my brother   gives me a lift for a long trip

       around Abruzzo Region,  usually in the Summer time .....








Lago Capotosto







Grotte Beatrice Cenci

We left Chieti early in the morning (7:00 am.) and went  to Sulmona..... The trip begins in Sulmona ( 403 mts above sea-level ), a town situated in the heart of the Peligna valley. The town, which is well-known as the birth-place of Ovidio, the poet of love, is known nowadays as being the land of confetti (there is also a museum of confetti). Its many fine monuments date back, mostly, to the economic and cultural heyday of the town, during the XIV and XV centuries The Natural History Museum of the Mountain Community, with its entomological section containing almost 7,000 examples of local insects, is worth a visit. The next stop is the town of the snake-catchers, Cocullo, whose residents have combined the millenary Marsican traditions with the Christian devotion to S. Domenico. From here the trip continues on the provincial road to Ortona dei Marsi, going through a karst depression area. Then it reaches Bisegna passing through the lovely Giovenco valley, and from here it ends up in the heart of the National-Park, i.e.  the town of Pescasseroli. 


Still proceeding along the Sangro valley, the tour touches Opi and afterwards the town of Villetta Barrea, whose artificial lake hears the

same name. The tour starts back from the lake of Barrea and, following the S.S. (State Road) n. 479, it climbs the mountains through the woods of Scalone up to the pass of Monte Godi and then it descends to the town and lake of Scanno.

Here it is worth making a stop and taking a walk in the narrow streets, many of which contain the typical fights of steps. In this way you can admire the characteristic women's clothes of oriental origin that some elcerly women still wear, especially of holiday. 

And you can also do some shopping in the goldsmith's shops. After leaving Scanno, the car goes through Villalago and, at the end of the Sagittario Valley, Anversa degli Abruzzi, the town where D'Annunzio's play "La fiaccola sotto il moggio" is set. After driving 50 more kilometres the trip ends back in Sulmona.