Barrea Travel Guide

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  • Barea and its lake
    Barea and its lake
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    Barrea
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Barrea Things to Do

  • Stone Houses

    Most of the houses are built out of the local stone, the pots of flowers and freshly laundered clothes brighten up the dark alleyways.

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  • Deserted Village

    We wandered around the cobbled streets in virtual solitude - almost like a ghost town.Some of the houses were pastel coloured and here you can see the steps are so old and worn with the moss growing in them.

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  • Spot the locals

    There supposed to be about 900 people living here but we mainly saw a couple of workmen repairing stone steps. I reckon we saw these 2 locals and 2 other dutch tourists..and it wasn't even siesta time ;-S

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  • Letter Boxes I

    One of the details in the village that fascinated me was the letter boxes - pillar box red this one but set right into the stone wall of a house.

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  • Fountain

    The typical village fountain can be found in the town square .....just wish I could have got rid off that digger at the side. Many repairs were being carried out in the village during the day we visited. Many steps were cracked and broken - the result of several earthquakes in this area - the last one I think was in 1984.

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  • Old Town

    Wander the narrow cobbled alleyways of Barrea old town and just admire the rustic architecture. Listed below are some of the sights which can be seen:The building, used today as the library, was in the VII century a Benedectine abbey, rebuilt by the monks of Cassino in the year 1017. Such a monastery is called today "Studio" (study) and it appears...

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  • View from the bar

    Here's the view we enjoyed whilst we had a drink here. The town in the distance on the bottom right hand side is Villetta Barrea and the village in the hills on the left hand side is Civitella Alfedena where the wolves are protected.

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  • Barrea's Bar

    This bar didn't look much from the outside but there was a covered bar inside with a great view over the lake -a nice place for a cool drink after traipsing those cobbled steps.Just across the road was a pizzeria - but unlike most they didn't heat the pizza :-(

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  • Rocky Barrea

    The Via Castello leads up to the castle but you can't actually get in it - instead take a turning to the left and you will come to a viewpoint. Not only lovely views of the surounding hills but also a good view of how Barrea is built on the rock.

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  • Viewpoint

    Ok better have a look at the view we climbed to the top of the town for ;-) Here you can see how Barrea really is right in the midst of the Park

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  • Barrea's Hills

    Barrea is surrounded by the hills of the Meta Massif to the south and Monte Greco to the north. The village itself is on an eastern rocky promotory. Don't be confused by the town of Villetta Barrea - this is a larger town by the river at the other end of the lake - so be careful where you get off the bus!

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