Freely, with your own car, or by booking an organized excursion at the reception, by G.T. and tourist guide. In Abruzzo there is a paradise to discover.
To spend the holidays, in our beloved beautiful country, there is no “Naturally” more equipped land than Abruzzo, considering its many parks, which have crowned it the green heart of Europe.
The Gran Sasso d’Italia, the villages, the historical vestiges, the archaeological excavations, the hermitages that bear witness to an ancient mystical sentiment, make the region an open-air museum.
The hills are the good living room, where tourists are invited to drink a good glass of Montepulciano, in the cellars scattered along the numerous Wine Routes and to taste the excellent production of extra virgin olive oil.
Traditional cuisine is its most representative business card. You are not afraid of comparisons, even citing just one dish, you can imagine his delicacy, for example the famous Spaghetti alla Chitarra with pallottine.
The local population has a strong attitude to welcome, characterized by human warmth, genuineness, enthusiasm: who does not know the saying “Abruzzo strong and kind”?
With these premises, we suggest some day trips.
Civitella del Tronto
The Spanish Fortress of Civitella del Tronto is the most majestic monumental architectural work of Abruzzo. It was the last Bourbon bulwark to fall under the Piedmontese troops in 1861, while the Unification of Italy was taking place. The village with its 13th century churches, such as that of San Francesco, and many Renaissance palaces, is also evocative. (km. 35)
The Sanctuary of San Gabriele
It is dedicated to the Patron Saint of Abruzzo, it is located at the foot of the Gran Sasso, in a suggestive scenery. It receives millions of pilgrims every year. It bears witness to modern styles of sacred architecture, you can also visit the ancient sanctuary and buy religious souvenirs. (km. 50)
Il Gran Sasso d’Italia
Called “The Sleeping Giant”, it boasts the highest peak of the Apennines with its Corno Grande, 2,912 meters high. In Prati di Tivo, winter ski resort, in summer you can go for walks and ride the cable car.
Province town and city of art, in the historic center stands the Cathedral named after Santa Maria Assunta and San Berardo. There are numerous archaeological sites that testify to the splendor experienced by Abruzzo, and especially Teramo, at the time of the Romans, especially during the empire of Hadrian. (km. 24)
Art town in the Gran Sasso-Monti della Laga National Park, one of the four naturalistic parks of Abruzzo, is famous for its production of ceramics since 1400. Its precious objects can be admired in international museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum in London, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and the Metropolitan in New York. To visit are the Museum of Ceramics, the Institute of Art, the rock church of San Donato that with its majolica ceiling of 1500 was defined by Carlo Levi “The Sistine of majolica”, the countless workshops where handmade pottery is produced and painted and where you can buy objects of high craftsmanship. (km. 60)
Among the most beautiful villages in Italy, we also find the town of Atri in Abruzzo. One of the oldest, with a historical and cultural heritage of great importance, embellished with churches and palaces. Situated on a hill, it offers wonderful views both on the coast looking at the Adriatic and towards the suggestive vision of the Gran Sasso d’Italia.
Town of art within the Gran Sasso – Monti della Laga National Park. Pope Clement XVI, in 1772, attributed to this town the supreme privilege of the Scala Santa. Located next to the Church of San Paolo, the staircase consists of 28 wooden steps, to be climbed on your knees and with your head bowed, praying according to the will of the Pope and asking forgiveness for your sins. The reward for the faithful is the Plenary Indulgence, with the same value as that obtainable by praying on the Holy Stairs of Rome and Jerusalem.
Among the most important monuments we remember the Church of Santa Maria in Platea and, in the hamlet of Campovalano, the Church of San Pietro and the ancient necropolis. Camplì is also famous for the traditional production of the exquisite porchetta.
It is situated in a privileged panoramic position in Val Vibrata, from where you can see the Adriatic Coast from San Benedetto del Tronto to Pescara. It is called the Piazza di Spagna d’Abruzzo because of the imposing staircase that leads to the historical centre. Colonnella is located in the centre of a flourishing commercial valley where, above all, agricultural products such as wine, oil and cheese are of excellent quality. (km. 15)
In addition, outside the region, but always in the day, you can make excursions both free and organized to:
Assisi, Cascia, Isole Tremiti, San Giovanni Rotondo, l’Aquila e Roma.