0496 One last hilltop town (Ita 021—new)

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I’ll almost at the Adriatic Coast and the end of the first stretch of my journey of discovery here in Italy.  As far as transportation, things have worked like clockwork so far… Trains are fairly frequent and I’ve only paid a Euro or two between towns.  Tivoli, Roviano, Tagliacozzo, Celano… I’ve made some really cool discoveries on this stretch…

 

And now I’ve got just one more hilltop castle town… Chieti…

Chieti is actually two towns: one modern town in the valley along the rail line and another on top of the hill--  but they’re considered one town… I guess Italy is sort of the opposite of France in that respect.  In France, they like to dice up their towns into as tiny pieces as possible, whereas here they like to streamline their beaurocracy and turn two towns into one…

 

I could catch a bus up the hill, but I figure, what the hell… who knows when I’ll have another chance to hike up to a hilltop castle town… It’s a long windy hike, but there’s a sidewalk the whole way so it isn’t too bad.

 

Hilltop Chieti has an interesting old town with a huge cathedral and a bustling pedestrian strip.  All the around the perimeter of the town you can hike around enjoy the valley and rolling hills below at 360 degrees…

 

Halfway around the edge I come on a very unusual cluster of Roman ruins.  There walls are various layers of brick and tile  laid at different angles… sections of the walls are concave… and the entrance leads to a series of inner chambers…

 

Luckily there’s a plaque with a explanation to satisfy my curiosity.  Apparently this is the corner of a great Roman entertainment complex, part indoors and part outdoors.  Much of it has been destroyed over the years, but this corner still give a bit of a glimpse into this structure.

…Definitely suitable for a video clip…

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