One other unique memory of the trip was a lunch stop our group made in a small hill town in southern Italy. The town was called Celano, and it's located in the province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo. I gather they don't receive too many tour groups, as the Bus was quite an attraction when we entered the main Piazza, and the sight of 30 (or so) people disembarking must have been a welcome sight to the local merchants! We were given a couple of hours to have a look around town and also tour the Castello Piccolomini if desired. Most of the group scattered to a variety of local dining establishments, however a group of about ten of us ended up together at Ristorante Cittadella where we enjoyed an excellent lunch!
Apparently, the town has a somewhat interesting history. It's located on a hill that once overlooked Lake Fucino, the largest lake in central Italy, which was drained in the latter part of the 19th century. Construction of the Castello Piccolomini was started in 1392 and completed one century later, and was used as a residence for the Counts of Celano.
The view from the town into the surrounding valley was incredible, but unfortunately it was a bit hazy that day so the photos weren't as spectacular as I would have liked. I'm not sure why this particular stop was so memorable, but I think of it often.
You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.