View of Pescocostanzo
N, Pata and I spent a few days between Christmas and New Year’s in the town of Pescocostanzo, in Abruzzo. We went there hopeful for snow, but found very little of it, as days of heavy rains had washed most of it away before we arrived. But we had little choice in the timing of our trip, and we tried to make the best of it, (which wasn’t easy, considering that it continued to rain almost constantly while we there.)
On the only sunny morning, we drove up into the mountains and stopped at the first patch of snow large enough to pull Pata around in a sled.
Pata with the “no ball”
Don’t be fooled by her expression. That snowball (which is pronounced “no ball” if you’re wondering) was dear enough to her that it rode with us all the way to Sulmona, where I succeeded in prying it from her hands only because she had fallen asleep.
Pescocostanzo is an elegant town with an interesting history and some very fine architecture. Though I’d been there three times before, this visit was the first time I was able to get a good look at the town. The photos that follow would have benefited from blue skies but I was just delighted that it stopped raining long enough for me to get my camera out.
Sta. Maria delle Colle, fifteenth century, with sixteenth- and seventeenth- century additions
Street view toward Sta. Maria delle Colle
The town is full of interesting architectural details. These were two of my favorite:
Window with lintel engraved, “Chi sa” “Who knows”
Most of the town is a pedestrian zone, which is always a joy with small children, especially if you have a runner like we do. Pata enjoys going for a stroll, or passeggio, as she prefers to call it, but she doesn’t care much for holding hands. We’re working on that, but in the meantime it was a relief to be in a place where we didn’t have to worry about cars. And Pata, feeling free to be herself, had a great time.
Pata on the Strada Vulpes