In America’s “national pastime,” the game of baseball, any batter, from sandlot to the major leagues, who hits a fair ball that doesn’t clear the fences, but races around the base paths and crosses home plate without being tagged out by an opposing player, is credited with hitting an inside-the-park home run.

Inside the park Home Run | ©Tom Palladio Images

Now, this is not a post about the bat-and-ball sport modernized by Alexander Cartwright, but it is a post about a home run of a different sort: the spectacular views from INSIDE the Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini (National Park of the Sibillini Mountains) that are worthy of a Ruthian trot around the base paths at Yankee Stadium.

Inside the park, which straddles the border between the Umbria and Marche regions in Italy’s central Apennine mountain range, visitors flock to gaze upon some of the most spectacular, postcard-ready panoramas.

It’s no wonder that the Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini is called the “rooftop of the Apennines.”

©The Palladian Traveler

Borsalino w/ props SMALL | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

27 comments

  1. Very inspiring shots, Tom. Today we are driving through the Mt. Ranier area as our last jaunt in the Great Northwest. I hope to get some nice photos.

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