47 – Morning of Wednesday 8th April

On our way to Atina, we decided to first take  Mike and Mary to see the spectacular Abbey of Montecassino and then proceeded to drive on through Caira and up towards the village of Terelle.  Near here we halted for a tasty  little picnic, blessed with panoramic views of the snow-capped Abruzzi mountains and the wide expanse of the verdant Cassino valley that stretched below.

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Terelle

Terelle

We began to make our gradual descent, passing through Terelle’s magnificient chestnut woods which are said to be the most beautiful in all of Lazio. The largest chestnut tree has a circumference of 12 metres and the oldest is 800 years old. On the second Sunday of November a well-known Sagra delle Castagne or Chestnut Festival takes place in Terelle. Here there is the opportunity to eat the local roasted chestnuts and desserts and cakes made of them and sample other such delicacies such as wild boar, local hams, sausages, cheeses, bread, polenta, beans, mushrooms, and try a sip or two of the local Cesanese wine.

We continued our descent passing beautiful vistas of the picturesque village of Belmonte Castello which appears to cling to and wind its way around the rock spur on which it stands.

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Belmonte Castello

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One thought on “47 – Morning of Wednesday 8th April

  1. Oh! If I could transport myself to any of those places this morning………….I MUST find a way to get to Lazio! And the Abbey would be wonderful……………I actually drove past Monte Casino years ago on the freeway below a ways……..from and to Roma – I looked up as we passed by – wow! Who has not heard of Cassino?? So I have that image in my mind…………..Terelle – all of it sounds wonderful – and that is your daily fare! gad…….lora

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