On our way to Rome from Sulmona, we took a short detour to visit the archeological park at Alba Fucens, just north of Avezzano. It's free to visit and there is plenty to see in this largely ignored site. Besides the Roman site, there's a medieval site, an amphitheater, castle ruins, and a very interesting Basilica built over a temple dedicated to Apollo and built reusing its columns. Around 191 BC, the community became a municipium. Its location on the crossroads of Via Tiburtina Valeria, an ancient Roman road that linked Rome to the Adriatic Sea, and an important route between the regions of Etruria and Campania, meant that the town was a strategically important town to control. Fascinating to walk freely there, almost alone, and touch the ruins without guards or barriers.