If you ever happen to be in Abruzzo, make sure you do not miss a visit to Campo Imperatore, a high plateau between between L’Aquila and Teramo. Sometimes called the Little Tibet of Italy, it is here where Italy is as outdoorsy as it gets south of the Alps.
The peaks here are not as peaky as they are at the Austrian border but the landscape has its own charm – rough, windswept and weather-beaten. And unless you visit on a busy Sunday morning, there is a distinct sense of remoteness too.
In summer, there is hiking and in winter, there is skiing and snow-shoe walking to keep you busy up there at the campo. To get there from the L’Aquila side, you can either drive all the way up, or you can take the cable car from Fonte Cerreto. If you bring your own car, you can combine your visit with a short trip to Castel del Monte or stop to eat arrosticini in summer. In winter, you may find the roads blocked by snow though, like I did last weekend. I didn’t mind at all – the fresh snow and the sun that came out for just a few hours made for a good opportunity to practice taking pictures of snow. The two winter images at the left and at the bottom were both taken with the white balance set to “sunny” and they are my contribution to my very own “Tech of the month” event.