Category Archives: Destination Spotlight

Photo essay of a particular place.

Day 2 of the Transumanza, the age-old tradition of leading animals on an annual migration to higher mountain pastures in the Apennines Mountains of Abruzzo, in central Italy. My 16 year old daughter and I had joined a group of mostly Italian people, and some Maltese, who had collectively joined a 3 day transumanza adventure […]

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It’s almost Thanksgiving…the time when we’re traditionally reunited with our families. Outside my window, cool winds whip through bare trees, and temps drop low enough to snow. But my thoughts drift to the shepherd and the flock of sheep that we left high in the mountains of central Italy this past summer. It’s certainly cold […]

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Something wicked this way comes… Mystery and intrigue are packed into the ancient stone walls of medieval Castel del Monte, a little village tucked into the hills of northern Abruzzo, in central Italy, where 450 people live. The setting is beautiful, perched on a slope overlooking the mountains and valleys of Campo Imperatore in the Gran […]

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Shhh…there’s a secret place, somewhere in a remote mountainous region of Italy, where you can tuck into an ancient stone village and transport yourself back into time. Medieval time to be exact.Abandoned homes scattered around a maze of narrow cobblestone streets, built centuries ago, have been turned into guest rooms for the intrepid traveler who […]

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