This is why I enjoy visiting nearby Abruzzo during these months, to enjoy the sights, smells and climate of the autumns I miss.
Although the foliage isn’t as vibrant as the New England falls I grew up with, it is very beautiful in the mountains and never fails to put me in a good mood.
I’d been having a hard time managing a weekend out in Abruzzo this fall. Every weekend has been either a tennis tournament for my older son or a track meet for my younger.
Unfortunately, my son and I had the misfortune to wake up Sunday morning, 30 October with the whole house shaking. We quickly learned it was the 6.5 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter in beautiful Norcia, in nearby Umbria. For the rest of the day, there were aftershocks.
Sadly, this is a region of Italy that knows earthquakes far too well. Umbria, the Marche and Abruzzo and their beautiful, medieval mountain towns along Italy’s Apennine spine have experienced more than their fair share of earthquakes, particularly in the past two months.
I think we join everyone in hoping the current wave of tremors will stop and that these tiny mountain communities will no longer have to live with a constant sense of anxiety.
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, blue skies and bright sunshine, but ooh, that wind! It was fine when we were protected on the mountain loop trail, but biking against the wind from one town to another wore us both out.
As always, we spent a beautiful weekend recharging in this slice of mountain paradise. Mountain biking and fall foliage certainly make a perfect combination.
Soon enough, we’ll be back to admire these same landscapes covered in white, but this is a truly special time in Abruzzo. If you have the chance, don’t miss out on these autumn colors.