At the beginning of the month, we returned to Pacentro in Abruzzo for la festa del maiale (basically a big feast, more description in a future post that you won't want to miss). On the 6 hour drive (5 hours if your name is Massi and you drive like an Italian male) to central Italy, we decided to stop at Castello di Gradara which is a gorgeous castle perched high on a hill in the city of Gradara. We spent about an hour touring it's innards which were completely refurbished and reminiscent of the early 1900s even though it supposedly dates back to the 15th century. If you're not able to visualize this, it might be enough for me to say I felt like I was at King's Landing in Game of Thrones. It's a tad on the tacky side, complete with touristy shops selling fake swords, so perhaps avoid if you are an intense Italian history or architecture aficionado. Otherwise, the view from the CAMMINAMENTI DI RONDA (the walkway around the walls surrounding the fortress) is worth the trip- especially if you're like me and get your kicks out of pretending you're the princess of a far away land...
Jasmine is a former pharmacist turned freelance writer, foodie, and fashionista from Alberta, Canada living "the sweet life" in Bergamo, Italy.
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