Italy’s Oldest National Park

Italy’s Oldest National Park

With the Majella National Park practically on our doorstep, it probably seems a bit perverse to get into the car and drive 2 hours to the Abruzzo National Park. The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise – to give it its full title, and one of the three...
Villa d’Este – Tivoli’s Timeless Treasure

Villa d’Este – Tivoli’s Timeless Treasure

Maybe it’s because its treasures and antiquities are such an unremarkable and taken-for-granted aspect of Italian life, that this familiarity breeds if not exactly contempt, then a kind of curious, indolent indifference towards sharing them. The Villa...
Monte Cassino Abbey – From Ruin to Resurrection

Monte Cassino Abbey – From Ruin to Resurrection

There are no old buildings in the medieval town of Cassino, an hour south of Rome. No historic relics. No sign of its great antiquity. The town, along with its mighty Benedictine Abbey on the summit of Monte Cassino, was obliterated between January and May 1944 in one...
Five More Top Abruzzo Restaurants

Five More Top Abruzzo Restaurants

Time for five more Abruzzo restaurants which we can happily recommend to you. As with the other ten already blogged, the usual advice to treat the price guide as just that – a guide. The prices I mention are roughly what the two of you would pay for a couple of...