L'Aquila ... Avezzano ... Pietracquaria Sanctuary ... Tagliacozzo ... Valle Caldora-Prati del Sirente ... the Rocche Plateau ... and the Pezza Plain, Abruzzo, Italy, May 2002

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Renzo and I went to L'Aquila, the provincial capital and the administrative capital of the Abruzzo region; to Tagliacozzo, mentioned in Dante's Inferno, which has buildings from medieval and Renaissance times up through the centuries; and around the back of Monte Sirente. My English friend Julian came to visit from Pescara one Saturday.

L'Aquila

L'Aquila: Facade of the Basilica di San Bernardino with its Renaissance-era staircase.

L'Aquila

L'Aquila: Via Fortebraccio, one of the many buildings on this street that retains the ancient look.

L'Aquila

Again Via Fortebraccio. In the background is the medieval Porta Bazzano (one of the twelve gates in the ancient city walls).

L'Aquila

The same view.

L'Aquila

The facade of Palazzo Ardinghelli on Piazza Santa Maria Paganica.

L'Aquila

Another view of Piazza Santa Maria Paganica.

Panorama of Avezzano

Panorama of Avezzano at dusk, taken from Monte Salviano.

Panorama of Avezzano

The same panorama.

View from Monte Salviano

View from Monte Salviano at dusk, looking northwest. In the background are the Reatini Mountains.

View from Monte Salviano

Again looking northwest from Monte Salviano.

View from Monte Salviano

Looking southwest from Monte Salviano over the Palentini Plains. In the background are the Ernici Mountains and the peak of Monte Viglio (2,156 meters/7,066 feet).

View from Monte Salviano

Looking west from Monte Salviano toward the Simbruini Mountains.

Pietracquaria Sanctuary

The Pietracquaria Sanctuary.

Pietracquaria Sanctuary

Again the Pietracquaria Sanctuary, with the Simbruini Mountains in the background.

Pietracquaria Sanctuary

Sunset over Monte Salviano.

Tagliacozzo

Framed

Tagliacozzo: Piazza dell'Obelisco in the center of town.

Tagliacozzo

The lower part of Tagliacozzo, looking east. In the background is Monte Velino with its four peaks.

Tagliacozzo

The same view.

Tagliacozzo

The same view.

Avezzano Saturday market

Back to the Saturday market in the park of Villa Torlonia.

Avezzano Saturday market

Saturday market in Avezzano. Nice to shop outdoors amid the greenery!

Julian

My English friend Julian, relaxing at the Gran Caffè across from the cathedral in Avezzano after our walk through the market.

Julian

Julian finishing his coffee so we could go eat lunch. We ended up at restaurant Amarcord, so called because the pizzas are named after Fellini films.

Caldora Valley-Sirente Meadows

Caldora Valley-Sirente Meadows: A typical Appennine plain, richly forested and surrounded by mountains.

Sirente Meadows:

Sirente Meadows: A rest stop for holidaymakers, a place to have a picnic in uncontaminated nature.

Caldora Valley

Caldora Valley with the Pratiglio Forest and the rocky northern wall of Monte Sirente, which here reaches 2,349 meters/7,700 feet.

Mountain wildflowers

Mountain wildflowers.

Caldora Valley

Descending from the Caldora Valley toward the Rocche Plateau.

On the road

On the road to Rocca di Mezzo. In the background are Monte Rotondo (2,064 meters/6,765 feet) and the peak of Monte Cagno (2,161 meters/7,083 feet), and at the left one can see Monte Candele.

Rocche Plateau

Another view of the Rocche Plateau.

Ascending toward the Pezza Plain

Ascending toward the Pezza Plain.

Ascending toward the Pezza Plain

Again ascending toward the Pezza Plain. In the background is the northern wall of Monte Magnola (2,224 meters/7,289 feet).

The Pezza Plain

The Pezza Plain, a typical Appennine high plateau of glacial origin. On the other side of the mountain chain to the right is the winter sports area of Campo Felice. (I like the name; it means "happy field" or "happy camp.")

The Pezza Plain

Looking southwest from the Pezza Plain.

Da Pezza

Looking from the Pezza Plain along the road leading to Rocca di Mezzo.

L'Altopiano delle Rocche

Another high mountain meadow in the Rocche Plateau.

View from Rocca di Cambio

The Rocche Plateau (in the background the Sirente Mass) seen from Rocca di Cambio, the highest town in the Appennines at 1,494 meters/5,000 feet.

View from Rocca di Cambio

The same view.

Many thanks to Renzo, who drove me around to beautiful places and explained everything to me and fed me delicious food and helped make this trip a really special one! Thanks to Renzo also for the Italian captions!


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