Sulmona and Scanno
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Now we entered Abruzzo.This involved three trains to take us via a small part of Lazio and L'Aquila where we would be staying with our friends to reach Sulmona. This was the place of the Roman poet Ovid, whose nickname was 'Naso' because of his big nose - strange that on his statue the nose seems an ordinary size. One very large square in this city is bordered on two sides by an old aqueduct but we just sat there and ate an ice each - it was too hot for walking.
Eventually it was time for the bus to Scanno, where we had booked accommodation. I had been there before (though not stayed a night) and on that occasion the bus driver spotted a wolf from the bus - it had gone by the time I knew where to look. Both wolves and bears are to be seen in the more wooded mountains but we had to be content with horses and cows.
The bus terminus was in a wide, well surfaced street. To the left were the narrow and picturesque streets of the old town. Only two buses leave it; one to Sulmona of course and the other to Rome!
What a friendly place! We asked a man the way to our accommodation and he insisted on taking us most of the way. In a narow road next and paralel to the bus road, a real horde of small boys with sundry relatives of all ages were playing football.
In the morning we left for a very convoluted trip to Opi in the centre of the Abruzzo National Park. What a pity crows don't give lifts - it would not have been far.