Boville Ernica is one of the local hill towns in our region so we often go there when we're in Italy. During this last time in Italy we went there several times in the evenings with my husband's sister and husband. Being so high up there are spectacular views and beautiful sunsets.
The traditional Abruzzese copper water container has now become an iconic regional item that can be seen in many public places. Artwork in different metals is well known in the area. The only one I have is a pottery ornament as it's a popular gift that reminds us of former times when a woman obtained water from a local spring and would transport the container full of water on her head.
This is the local public washing area where the townsfolk would gather to wash their clothes in the water tanks of running water.
The town has very strong fortifications and there are three rows of surrounding walls and eighteen watch towers. The entrance gate to one of the palaces opens up into a small courtyard and this leads to other, well-lit, narrow streets and the main square.
There are cafes and little rustic-style eating places many with small garden courtyards. and one of these has become a favourite with a very friendly owner and staff. Il frantoio is an olive oil press and there was one inside the cave-like restaurant with its thick stone walls.
There was a selection of little dishes of breads, olives, salads, cheeses, fish and cooked meats to start with, then home made pasta or pizza followed by fruit and traditional local biscuits (ciambelline) - chocolate flavoured and very crispy. Afterwards we went for an espresso coffee in a nearby cafe.
This gelateria (cafe/ice cream shop) is set in the outer walls of the town and there are views of the surrounding countryside from the top road and terraced areas around the outer wall.