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Old 09-05-2011, 08:01 AM   #1
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Eek Central italy tour

As I’m finally alone in the week of the 15th August (National holiday in Italy) I decide to make a ride through the Central Italy. 3 days without any reservation nor a clear destination.
More or less my plan is to visit part of Abruzzo, than drive North to the Region Marche and come back.



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The heat is very strong even at 1730pm, at this time I leave the village in which I use to spend some vacations.



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Old 09-05-2011, 08:03 AM   #2
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Driving through the Appennini mountains is always a great experience, without stopping I pass many villages and bigger towns like Rieti and l’ Aquila. South to l’ Aquila, when the road starts to come up to the “Gran Sasso d’ Italia” Massif I find my first destination.



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The Castle in the picture above is located at about 1460m on the sea level, and is probably the higher Italian manor. The site was used during the filming of “Lady hawke” (1985). In the area was filmed also “The American” (2010).
The place is named “Rocca Calascio”, early in the morning I take some pictures (630 am)




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Old 09-05-2011, 08:09 AM   #3
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Later I spend some time driving all around.



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Old 09-05-2011, 08:18 AM   #4
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The road brings me to “Campo Imperatore”, a great mesa just South East of the Massif. Landscapes are great, I drive both on asphalt and dirt roads stopping to take pics and look around.



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At this time of the year attention to the “Holiday drivers”: they use to drive with both mirrors closed having a slow-dangerous- oscillating guidance.





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Old 09-05-2011, 08:23 AM   #5
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Looks like a nice trip, would love to ride in Italy someday, I have family in Gubbio and Padova
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:25 AM   #6
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Driving to north I reach the “Campotosto lake”, the biggest artificial basin of the Region Abruzzo.



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Two hours later I’m in the Marche Region, in the hearth of the “Sibillini State Park”



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Once I’ve found a rather basic accommodation, I start visiting the neighborhood. First destination is the “Fargno” Lodge. This bolt-hole is located about 2000 meters above the sea level, there’s no electricity-water and is possible to reach only by a mountainway. The place is beautiful, I’ll spend more time here next time, maybe some days. At the moment I drink some hot water (electricity……) and I keep exploring the place.




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Old 09-05-2011, 02:13 PM   #7
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:53 PM   #8
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love this thread
very nice pictures
thanks for sharing your ride with us
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:07 AM   #9
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........................................... exploring around the "Fargno Lodge" (see above)



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Later I’ll get fast asleep.



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Old 09-06-2011, 08:16 AM   #10
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The day after starts my way back, across the “Valnerina”, a narrow North-to-South valley. Main amenities: the river and the abandoned railway.
As the railroad tracks were removed is allowed to run by motorbike.



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The railroad was open around the 20’s on a project of some years before and closed in 1968.
When I found the road blocked I make a walk.



Within few hours I’ll back home.
3 days, about 700 km’s, a nice experience
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:36 AM   #11
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Thanks!

I may take a ride through the Abruzzo region this summer.. any suggestions?

That refugio looks damn cool.
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