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The Beauty of Rain

by Sam Dunham
Beauty of Rain

The Beauty of Rain

Something that it doesn’t do a lot of in the summer in Abruzzo is ; at the moment up here in province it’s tinder dry and fires have broken out, fanned by the hot breezes in Italian called Il libeccio or Il Garbino, southwesterly humid winds that nip at the hill villages’ ankles up to towns like Campli.  Hopefully this weekend’s expected “Bora” won’t fan them further and rather Abruzzo’s Apennine mountain climate will kick in and give everything a big soaking.

Gran Sasso Vapour Trails

For many -loving tourists that visit this unspoilt region of Italy and who understandably get no further than a very comfortable sandy strip, a lack of azure sky and turquoise green clear waters in which to bob and play spot the in can be further ruined by the idea of rain, but the beauty that it leaves behind is nothing short of wondrous for those who like watching the beauty of a lit cloud or mist opening to reveal a hidden mountain garlanded by hanging vapour trails.

My advice if it finally does get to rain is drive into either the Gran Sasso or with your camera, and a translation of  La pioggia nel pineto by Gabriele D’Annunzio.  Although I prefer the politics of Abruzzo’s other famous poet, Sulmona’s Ovid, to D’Annunzio’s title of “forerunner to Mussolini”, this poem is sublime.  You can’t avoid getting entangled in some pinewoods somewhere in the mountains neither can you avoid a light show that puts fireworks to shame.

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Peet 01/09/2010 - 01:31

let's hope that there's no serious fire damage this year. I'm liking the sound of the mists….!

LindyLouMac 29/08/2010 - 23:38

It looks like thanks to italytutto I have found another Italy blog to read:)
I have just had a quick browse for now but I will be back.

The little yellow planes have certainly been busy in the last few weeks.

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