If you plan to tour Europe, consider visiting the Abruzzi region of central Italy. This beautiful area might be your ideal vacation spot. You can see scads of churches, lots of Roman ruins, engage in winter sports, simply enjoy nature, eat well, and much more. While Abruzzi is close to Rome, it is definitely off the beaten path. Be sure to read the companion articles in this series that present eastern Abruzzi and the fabulous Gran Sasso National Park.
Teramo is a regional capital whose population is some fifty thousand. Piazza Orsini, the town center, hosts the Town Hall, the Fourteenth Century Palazzo Vescovile (Bishop's Palace), and the Romanesque Twelfth Century Duomo (Cathedral) of San Berardo. Southeast of the cathedral are the remains of a Roman amphitheater. The west front of the cathedral faces on to the Piazza dei Martiri della Libertà. There are several other churches worth visiting.
Montorio al Vomano is a town of about eight thousand people. Start at Il Colle (The hill) for a beautiful view of the valley below. Above the town you will see the ruins of the Fortress San Carlo, built in the late Seventeenth Century. Don’t miss the Sixteenth Century Church of San Rocco in Piazza Orsini, the main square. Look for painted wooden altars and beautiful tapestries.
Start your tour of the regional capital of L'Aquila at the central Piazza del Duomo containing the Thirteenth Century Cathedral of San Massimo. In the highest part of the town sits the Forte Spagnolo (Spanish fort) erected in the mid-Sixteenth Century and now home to the National Museum of Abruzzo. Nearby you can find Roman ruins (the important Roman city of Amiternum), ancient monasteries, and numerous castles. Rocca Calascio is the highest castle in Italy and one of the highest in Europe.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.Click to access the original, longer article on this Italian tourist location.
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