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  • Where to Stay in the Italian resort of Pescasseroli in Abruzzo

    Where to Stay in the Italian resort of Pescasseroli in Abruzzo

    In the heart of the Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise and close to the Apennine Mountains Pescasseroli in the Italian region of Abruzzo is ideally situated for both summer and winter holidays. The accommodation available is as varied as the activities visitors will find in the surrounding area Walking and horse-riding are very popular in the summer and, of course, skiing is top of the list in the winter. Of the fifty-three hotels in and around Pescasseroli sixteen of them are currently part of the Associazione Albergatori e Operatori turistici del PNALM …

  • Barrea on Lake Barrea – a Unique Italian Medieval Settlement

    Barrea on Lake Barrea – a Unique Italian Medieval Settlement

    Barrea, a unique historic settlement, straddles a rocky ledge above Lake Barrea in Abruzzo a region of Southern Italy. This region encompasses the beautiful beaches that fringe the Adriatic Coast, the mighty Apennine mountains and the fertile plains between the two. It is home to over three-quarters of the Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo. Lazio e Molise generally shortened to PNALM. I visited Barrea, part of this park, while staying in Pescasseroli the capital of the park, a short distance away ...

  • Sport Hotel Daniel in Pescasseroli, Abruzzo in Italy

    Sport Hotel Daniel in Pescasseroli, Abruzzo in Italy

    Sometimes it is not the splendour of the place or the attractions around it but one small act of kindness that is the dominant memory of a visit. And so it was regarding my stay at Hotel Sport Daniel. The breakfast buffet here featured a good variety of fresh fruit including my favourite, cherries. On my last morning there were no cherries and when I asked the waiter he explained that as the previous day had been Sunday and no deliveries there were none left. It was not a problem as there was plenty of other fruit to choose from. I forgot all about and went out for the morning. When I returned for a light lunch prior to leaving for the airport I was presented with a plate piled high with cherries. They had remembered my request that morning. I was so impressed ...

  • Pescasseroli, the Heart of the National Park of Abruzzo

    Pescasseroli, the Heart of the National Park of Abruzzo

    Pescasseroli in Abruzzo is the heart of the National Park of Abruzzo but more than that it is also the capital of this amazing park. It was here that Erminio Sipari, an inhabitant of the town, developed the idea of the national park to protect the landscape and the wildlife. It was the first national park in Italy and one of the earliest national parks to be created in the world. Wild animals including wolves and two animals that are not found anywhere else the Camoscio d'Abruzzo (chamois) and the Marsican brown bear roam freely here ...

  • A Journey Through Abruzzo

    A Journey Through Abruzzo

    I started my journey through Abruzzo in Italy at the seaside resort of Tortoreto Lido. An early morning stroll revealed a seemingly never-ending stretch of golden sand sliding gently into the blue sea. Waves lapped softly on this vast sandy plain banded with the colourful beach furniture of the private sections. For those who did not want to pay for the luxury of a sun bed, umbrella and changing facilities there were also public areas of bare sand. After taking a long walk along the promenade which is divided into two tracks to accommodate both walkers and cyclists I stopped for a coffee at one of the private beaches ...

  • Hotel Villa Elena in Tortoreto, Abruzzo, italy

    Hotel Villa Elena in Tortoreto, Abruzzo, italy

    The Adriatic coastline of province of Termano in the Italian region of Abruzzo is one long sandy beach stretching for forty-five kilometres. A ribbon development of seven traditional Italian seaside resorts, known as the seven sisters, offer accommodation of all varieties and standards for sun and sand seekers …

  • Giulianova in Abruzzo, Italy - the Ideal City?

    Giulianova in Abruzzo, Italy - the Ideal City?

    The inhabitants of the small region of Abruzzo in Italy share a passion for their region and their home town and none more so than my guides in Giulianova in the province of Teramo. I met my first guide, Francesca, in front of the cathedral, Duomo di San Flaviano on the edge of the old medieval city reputedly designed to be the ideal city ...

  • Vytautas Mineral Spa – My Favourite Hotel in the Spa Town of Birštonas in Lithuania

    Vytautas Mineral Spa – My Favourite Hotel in the Spa Town of Birštonas in Lithuania

    From the outside the Vytautas Mineral Spa resembles a long-armed space ship that has carefully set itself down on earth beside a lake surrounded by luscious green parkland. It was hard to believe that I was within five minutes' walk of the centre of Birštonas a pretty spa town in Lithuania ...

  • Water and Whales in Birštonas, a Spa Town in Lithuania

    Water and Whales in Birštonas, a Spa Town in Lithuania

    The pretty spa town of Birštonas in Lithuania nestles in a loop of the River Nemunas. it owes its prosperity to the mineral waters that flow beneath it. It guards these precious waters through the belief that they are protected by a mythical whale ...

  • A Day Trip to Sandoy One of the Faroe Islands

    A Day Trip to Sandoy One of the Faroe Islands

    Sandoy, one of the Faroe Islands, is relatively flat and very green. It was named after its large beach and sandy soil. It is the only island with dunes - black basalt sand dunes. Birds congregate in large numbers on the cliff face of its headland and tourists seeking an adrenalin rush can replicate the hunting techniques of the islanders by rappelling an activity similar to abseiling ...

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