"Hiking the hills of Abruzzo is a stroll through a fine menu, writes Andrew Bain."
Two-thirds of the little-visited region, which claims to be the greenest in Europe, is mountainous, and it's protected by more national parks - than any other region in the country. Bears and wolves roam its mountains, which are the highest in Italy outside the Alps.
It's a region best seen on foot and I've come to hike, which is really an excuse to eat. Abruzzo's food is as undiscovered as its lands, with the region's historical isolation reflected in its cuisine, which is far from typically Italian.[...]