Abruzzo: Seeking Le Tre Sorelle
Driving east from L’Aquila, Pino and I were in search of “three sisters”, le tre sorelle.
After a wondrous trilogy of events, an elderly key-keeper – who welcomed us into his home – opened for us one of the three sorelle, a stunning Romanesque church.
And these photos capture memorable moments of our “tre sorelle” hunt:
Gran Sasso, Abruzzo mountain majesty
Majesty along our route: Assergi
S. Maria di Ronzone, one of the “tre sorelle” – closed!
Near Colledoro, a lunch stop where codfish reigns
Memorable codfish feast near a group all the way from Rome
I chose a pasta dish with codfish sauce
Three super Abruzzo cooks
S. Maria di Propezzano – the second “sorella” – closed!
S. Maria di Basciano – the third sorella (and we’d see it inside!)
Key-keeper elderly Signor Biagio will open S. Maria di Basciano for us
Signor Biagio welcomes us into his home
Signora Maria Pio and Signor Biagio open their home to us
Signora Maria Pia offers us her uccelletti cookies, typical of the area
Two stonemasons talk over the past
Signor Biagio tells us, “S.Maria di Basciano is dearer than my own home”
S. Maria di Basciano ceiling – like Maria Pia’s uccelletti cookies
The church – under restoration
Pino and Signor Biagio talk about the church’s structural issues
Majesty of S. Maria di Basciano altar
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Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)