We had looked up this little medieval Abruzzo town located 1067masl, just 12km outside L’Aquila in the midst of the Gran Sasso National Park, and been promised 6 ancient fountains and a Cardinal’s house, and chapel of the “Madonnella”, all which sounded quirky enough to pay a visit to. What we found on arrival was a hotch-potch of largely disused houses unless you count them being used for the animals, peeling paint and old balconies (turning the most intriguing colours), sheep skulls.
If you are an architect and want to get dirty with medieval building techniques – this place is worth a visit for sure – it’s great too for the contrast of textures and fading colours if you are into that sort of thing for your photography. We failed to find the fountains (possibly through lack of endeavour on our part), though we did find a cattle water trough.
However, the journey there was a beautiful surprise! Having taken the Assergi exit off the A24 and headed down through Assergi and Camarda, a small road off to the right took us through rolling fields of bedazzling red poppies, an incredible sight and well worth a visit for this alone. It’s the best array of poppies and Apennine flowers that we have seen in Abruzzo, so if you are an artist or photographer it’s not to be missed. Best times of the year to make this Abruzzo road journey is mid-May to mid-June before they cut the wheat and of course the poppies too.
Poppy – Papavero