This Is The Best Of Italian Living—At A Bargain Price
As you ski lazily down a gentle slope, a ray of sunshine hits your face, and you look down to the coastline…
The sun is glittering on the Adriatic and has just illuminated the endless vineyards and olive groves that lead down from the mountains to the beaches.
The gently rolling hills are ablaze with blossoming cherry and peach trees, while lavender, daffodils, iris, and crocus are beginning to peek out after a short and temperate winter, punctuating the landscape like a colorful Renoir.
Arriving back down to the ski resort, you have a restorative espresso and meander back toward the coast.
An hour later, you’re enjoying fresh clams and white wine at a beachside café, to be followed by handmade pasta topped with today’s catch.
After a leisurely lunch, you take a walk on the beach, maybe settle into a quick nap on the sand, reveling in the warm springtime sun. Perhaps you take a quick dip, though the waters are still shaking off their winter chill.
This is April in Abruzzo, Italy.
Once one of the poorest regions in the country, Abruzzo had fallen off the national map until just a few decades ago.
Since the 1950s, however, it’s seen steady economic growth. In the 1990s, Abruzzo’s growth surpassed that of any other region; its per-capita GDP expanded to become the highest in the country. The construction of new highways made it Continue reading