It’s not often that you can rave about a motorway with a view, but Abruzzo’s autostrada A24 that leads from Teramo to Rome is one of those special roads with enchanting views, even though it has the reputation for being one of Italy’s most expensive in the sense of its tolls.
My favourite stretch is from Colledara (San Gabriele) in the lead up to entering the 10km stretch of the Gran Sasso Tunnel, along past Assergi where you jump off for Campo Imperatore (Abruzzo’s Little Tibet) and out through to L’Aquila Est. The mountain and clouds formations on this stretch are always wonderful and as psychedelic as you want them to be; during our last car journey we witnessed mousey! It’s a way to sample Abruzzo’s different climes, often what you experience either side of the Corno Grande itself and the tunnel is hugely different and not even part of the region’s official 2 maritime and mountainous climates.
Sam is a very lucky midlife mamma to A who is 5 and works as a freelance travel and food web content manager and copywriter. She is currently writing a book 'Abruzzo: Folk and Food', its release date is Winter 2017.
She is the co-founder of the social enterprises: The Abruzzo Blogger Community and Let's Blog Abruzzo.