One night stand

26 May
Ric on the trail. Bellissimo!

Ric on the trail. Bellissimo!

Like a beautiful dream, one night in the mountains of Abruzzo left us wishing for more: One night was simply not enough to satisfy. On our way back to Rome from Puglia, we decided to spend a night in Ornano Grande, in the shadow of the tallest peak, the Corno Grande. We sped our way north from Polignano a Mare arriving in time for lunch and an afternoon hike. Not a soul was in sight in the high meadows, only a little horse to greet us looking for apples or carrots.  Once again the food was amazing, the wine abundant, and we spent a peaceful, restful night. There are myriad little towns and hamlets, and many mountain trails to explore. We’ll go back for the 4th-of-July weekend as it is only 2 hours from Rome.

I’ll leave you with additional photos of this magnificent place. In fact, it is much like Oregon, but the food is better.

Forca di Valle

Cute trattoria in Forca di Valle where we feasted before the hike.


The trail we hiked across a mountain meadow near the Corno Grande.

Horse in meadow

The only soul we encountered while hiking was this little horse, who was certain we had an apple for him. Next time!

This is the view from our room that greeted me upon rising: Sunrise on the Corno Grande.

This is the view from our room that greeted me upon rising: Sunrise on the Corno Grande.

Castelli, Abruzzo

The little town of Castelli, ranks as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy. (Yes, there’s an official list.)

16 Responses to “One night stand”

  1. Kim at 18:00 #

    How beautiful! I was waiting for Ric to break out in a Julie Andrews song.


  2. Sharon at 16:12 #

    How beautiful Laurel! I love, love, love hearing about all of your marvelous adventures! I hope we can muster the Femmes to Italy to visit you and experience some of the places – and food – you have experienced!!


  3. Anita HIlmoe at 03:09 #

    Oh wow, it is truly beautiful there! I would love to live in a little town as beautiful as that.


  4. Lorri at 02:22 #

    Wow Laurel! So beautiful! My favorite wine is a Montepulciano Di Abruzzo. I know that there are many great wine regions in Italy and I’d love to try them all! Thank you for the wonderful posts.


  5. Susan at 01:09 #

    Bellissima! Would love to go there when we visit next summer if we can!


    • gooddayrome at 04:40 #

      Absolutely would love to take you there! Can’t wait to see you guys!


  6. Cid at 00:19 #

    What a beautiful experience….it really is pristine. Go back and take more photos!!!!


  7. Will McAllister at 23:54 #

    Not much I can add but to second Terah’s comments. Thank you!


    • gooddayrome at 04:41 #

      Well someone has to go out there and suffer the beauty. Glad to through myself on the sword.


  8. Terah at 21:44 #

    I can’t tell you how excited I am every time you post! It’s like a special gift when I open my email and see GooddayRome in the subject! Thank you for sharing your wonderful adventure with us.


    • gooddayrome at 04:42 #

      Wow, guess I will have to keep experiencing and writing. My “public” demands it so I will suffer. 🙂


  9. Carolyn at 21:31 #

    Oh, what a beautiful location! And a night’s sleep in mountain air always is so refreshing! Don forget apples when you return for the 4th of July!!!! :o) I know you won’t! Love ya, Carolyn


    • gooddayrome at 04:44 #

      Grazie, Carolyn. We so fell in love with the mountains and the sea during all those years in Portland. Hard to believe we were “flatlanders” for so much of our lives. We’ll bring the pony some treats for certain. Love ya back!


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