0507 …and then another mountaintop discovery (Ita 032—new)

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It looks like I should be able to make it to the next town on foot by following a jogging path on a rugged coastline with only the rail line, the road and steep mountains on the other side.  There is a freeway, but it’s actually high up in the hills and seems to be nothing but tunnels and bridges the whole way.  I hate to think of how much that freeway must have cost to build--  but I guess if they had built it right down on the coast, it would have destroyed this entire coastline…

 

As I approach Cuppra Marittima, I can see already that there’s another hilltop castle waiting for me... so I quickly look for a side road that might take me up there. I soon find one and start winding my way up to the top. 

 

There I find the ruins of a castle that is cool, but not spectacular… But I then discover that the Old Town is actually on the next ridge and I have to make a big loop to get there…

 

It’s actually a pleasant little walk.

Up here is a completely different world from the rugged coastline below.  Here is a vast plateau with gently rolling farmland… Various little villages dot the horizon... each one look like it’s worth discovering… It almost feels like I could keep on discovering Italy forever and ever…

 

Finally I make my way back to a charming little old town with alleys that wind their way past old brick homes of various shades… through arches and past the ruins of little castles and ancient chapels.  As with all these Italian hilltop old towns, this one is well maintained and kept alive by locals who are determined to continue living here despite the inconveniences… As I am told later, Italians tend to be very attached to the homes of their ancestors… Which I think is a good thing--  these villages are definitely worth preserving, even though you don’t see a lot of tourists coming to see them…

 

I head on down the hill to the modern town of Cuppra Marittima.

 

Energized by my two cool discoveries, I felt like I could just keep walking town to town like I did yesterday.  But as I reach the edge of town, the threatening storm clouds and common sense get me to turn around.  Hiking in the rain is not something I find particularly appealing…

 

Sure enough, as soon as I get back to the train station it starts raining…

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