During my last holidays in Italy I decided to retrace some of the stages of Wandering Italia to revisit places and, mostly, to meet again those people who made my experience even bigger and unforgettable.
Nothing physical this time, specially because the freezing cold of this winter in Italy, just some road trip by car, one day at the time, to don’t be apart from my beloved.
I had to re-start from the beginning, meeting Angelo di Mambro who, with two other members of CAI (Italian Alpine Club), faced with me the first stage, from Val di Canneto to the village of Opi, in the middle of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park.
It has been a real pleasure to meet him again, to talk trying to explain in just few hours all the memories, emotions and feeling of my long journey, while from the city of Cassino we were traveling to Opi, crossing Forca d’Acero pass.
The day was perfect: mild temperatures, blue deep sky, the mountains covered by the snow at the top and then the beechwood with their purple reflection; and then the grass, yellowed by the frost, between the characteristic white rocks which make this land, Abruzzo Apennines, even more wild, harsh and charming.
It has been really emotional, I can’t deny it, finding again these places and then mentally going over again everything I’ve done and faced since the beginning of the journey, the 15th of May 2018.
From these mountains I started my journey, to them I came back: I have been a part of them, they will always be an important part of me…