Since Trevi we have been passing two Americans back and forth. Finally we had chance to spend some time with them as we had our breakfast
George is from Kentucky and Jonathan from NY.
We like to keep our day shorter than 20 km, but unfortunately there was no way to shorten this walk by much. We left to pass by our first town of today’s walk, Labro, some 5 km away. We started climbing and soon left the lake behind.
At this historic town of Labro, we discovered things we had no clue about, courtesy of Susan and Armando.
They own a 500 year old house here and have lived here for 30 years. Susan is American, and her husband is from Chili. He studied at the University of Minnesota, and fortunately they both spoke English with us.
The town has 70 full time residents. It is marked as a historic site, so no new buildings can be built nor can anyone change the exterior. Houses can be remodeled inside. The town is as if frozen in time.
We could see the lake and the town we left behind this morning, as well as the valley of Rieti that we will head towards tomorrow.
We did find a shortcut that may have saved us about 600 feet of climbing, but we still ended up walking over 20 km and climbing 2000 feet.
Our first glimpse of Poggio Bustone where we are spending the night tonight.
Tomorrow we head down the valley to Rieti where there will be quite a few things to see.
“Tomorrow we head down the valley to Rieti where there will be quite a few things to see.” — and hopefully enjoy your birthday, Enayet. Many happy returns…
I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a 500 year old house for 30 years in a town with only 70 full time residents. Oh the stories you must have heard from them!
Wow how are the feet holding up?!
Much better. A nights rest always rejuvenated it.
the town is so pretty, I can see why they would want to “freeze” it for future generations to enjoy. is that a rainbow on the ground? yeah, it would be great to hear what they had to say about living in a town with just 60 people – how they spend their time all day, etc etc – would be good to know.