MICHAEL JAMES O'BRIEN
Travel

Scenes from Abruzzo

Photos from Adam Gollner’s road trip to the Italian countryside

The hillside above Anversa degli Abruzzi, a fortress-hamlet built into the cliffs in such a dizzying fashion that M.C. Escher actually came here to draw it.
MIdday snacks turn into hours-long feasts when you visit the Cataldi Madonna winery.
The town of Torano Nuovo.
Winemaker Emidio Pepe in his cellar, inspecting a bottle of 1990 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo.
Rosa Pepe and Chiara Pepe, Emidio's wife and granddaughter, preparing stuffed olives (oliva scolana).
The labels for back vintages at Emidio Pepe winery.
Marcello Spadone and his wife Bruna at La Bandiera restaurant in Civitella Casanova.
Maccheroni la chitarra on a traditional stringed wooden box used to slice pasta (which has strings like a guitar).
Pecorinos and other cheeses aging at La Porta dei Parchi.
A typical cobblestone street found in the many medieval hillside towns dotting Abruzzo .
Corso Gabriele Manthone in Pescara, home to both Taverna 58 and the museum in the birth house of the poet Gabriele d'Annunzio.
The wine cellar in Taverna 58.

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