Scenes from Abruzzo Photos from Adam Gollner's road trip to the Italian countryside Published Apr 27, 2015 6:43 PM Travel Corso Gabriele Manthone in Pescara, home to both Taverna 58 and the museum in the birth house of the poet Gabriele d'Annunzio. Michael James O'Brien SHARE 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. Michael James O’Brien MIdday snacks turn into hours-long feasts when you visit the Cataldi Madonna winery. Michael James O’Brien The town of Torano Nuovo. Michael James O’Brien Winemaker Emidio Pepe in his cellar, inspecting a bottle of 1990 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. Michael James O’Brien Rosa Pepe and Chiara Pepe, Emidio’s wife and granddaughter, preparing stuffed olives (oliva scolana). Michael James O’Brien The labels for back vintages at Emidio Pepe winery. Michael James O’Brien Marcello Spadone and his wife Bruna at La Bandiera restaurant in Civitella Casanova. Michael James O’Brien Maccheroni la chitarra on a traditional stringed wooden box used to slice pasta (which has strings like a guitar). Michael James O’Brien Pecorinos and other cheeses aging at La Porta dei Parchi. Michael James O’Brien A typical cobblestone street found in the many medieval hillside towns dotting Abruzzo . Michael James O’Brien Corso Gabriele Manthone in Pescara, home to both Taverna 58 and the museum in the birth house of the poet Gabriele d’Annunzio. Michael James O’Brien The wine cellar in Taverna 58. Michael James O’Brien MORE TO READ RELATED How Learning to Butcher in France Made Me Rediscover Myself Meat and mentorship with the pioneer of seed-to-sausage charcuterie. READ NOW RELATED Seared Halibut with Artichokes à la Barigoule Wine-braised artichokes and carrots—a classic vegetable dish from Provence—are a simple and soothing pairing for crispy white fish. RELATED Best Thing I Ate This Month: Springtime Artichokes at Charleston’s Chez Nous Chef Jill Mathias waits all year for spring vegetables. The thorny artichoke, when paired with a crispy seared halibut, promises brighter days to come.