What to say of L’Aperegina?
One could say that there aren’t words to describe it, but that would be an easy escape, because to describe the reality of this small and magical place thare are words indeed: just close your eyes a moment and give in to memories, sensations, emotions….
We can still see Marino who, like a wise storyteller, in the evenings with a glass of good nocino, tell us of the curiosities and anecdotes of this land still foreign to most. How can one not be charmed by his words? His own story is one of corageous choices and ideals of perseverance despite obligations and sacrifices.
But if we think of Marino we must also imagine the sweet smile of Elide, her attitude at once discrete and playful, the delicious treats her able hands prepare to delight the guests from the moment they awake.
Now let our troughts more a bit to the marvels that this place holds and that crave to be seen by those who decide to abandon the crowded coasts to go to where the land rises up towards the sky. How can we not think of the limitless praries of Campo Imperatore, from which, like an elegant castle of stone, rises up the majesty of Grans Sasso: looking at it makes one think of the home of a prince who has chosen to take refuge there in order not to surrender to the frenzy of a crazy world. But every prince has a beautiful princess at his side, and so there is closeby La Maiella, land of shepherds and hermits: it’s rugged, mysterious, great valleys, so rich in water and life, it’s lonely hermitages hollowed into the stone, which seem to invite silence and prayer, its ancient beech trees, in whose shadow it wouldn’t seem out of place to see gnomes and fairies skipping.
But also I think of the man who has always had the fortune to live in this natural paradise (it doesn’t often happen); his traces are the towns clinging to the hillsides, as if in a great cradle, its narrow houses one close to the next, as if to defend themselves from the cold winter winds, its fortresses situated on seemingly inaccessible rocky peaks, senties ignorant of the passage of time. How absurd and far away the chaos of the city seems!
So, talking about L’Aperegina means talking about all of these things, and not only because its situated at the center of them, but also above all because it’s a throught-out place, having been created and grown throughout the years in comlete harmony with the land on which it rests. To do this requires a great deal of work. And for this we cannot but thank you, to have been received with such warmth and friendliness, for almost becoming a part of your family, and for creating unforgettable days for us.
Unfortunately, as of yet not many days, but we hope there will be more in the future!
Paolo and Silvia