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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.

Trail

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.)

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