A travel journal
to Abruzzo by Taurusgal
Quote: San Leonardo, Italy: population 1,500 -- Not a Hilton Hotel in sight and the only McDonald's ever built in this area went out of business in under two years. Rome may have the Coliseum, but this town has soul to spare.
Allow me to make a poor comparison: if Roma and Milano are the NYC and Washington, DC of Italy, then Abruzzo is the entire Great Plains. It’s the bread basket, milk, goat cheese, grapes, and heart of Italy. Drive west and within 20 minutes you can go hiking or skiing in the Abruzzo Mountains. Bike or climb down the rocky cliffs of Acqua Bella (city of Ortona) and a tiny private rock beach on the Adriatic Sea is all yours.
During the Second World War, brave Canadian and New Zealand divisions battled German squads up and down the streets of Ortona and San Leonardo. The house next door to my grandmother’s is still a wreck from the war, and many middle-aged residents easily recall childhood days of playing out in the fields and discovering leftover shells.
There are no hotels in San Leonardo or in the other tiny villages that dot the area around Pescara, but there are plenty of resorts and accommodations in places like Pescara, Lanciano, Chieti, L’Aquila, and others — as well as fantastic campsites throughout Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo.
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