Italy (Abruzzo region)
Almost two-thirds of this area are covered by the mountains
Three National Parks
‘Home of Chefs’
What makes the Abruzzo region so special?
East of Rome, and easily accessible from the airport, this medieval and renaissance region is full of surprises! Located in the ‘green heart’ of Italy, Abruzzo boasts national parks, lush mountains and valleys as well as an Adriatic coastline. Famed for authentic cuisine and traditional hilltop villages, the beauty of this region is tucked away from the common tourist trails. Here you will find a mountain range covered in olive groves, which seemingly drops off the face of the earth and into the Adriatic Sea. If you’re looking to craft your own adventure, embrace age-old traditions, and take a step into the past please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
The Abruzzo region in a snapshot
Abruzzo is a mostly mountainous area which stretches to the Mediterranean Coast.
When to go
Late April to mid-May is the best time to visit; it is relatively quiet and nature is coming to life.
Staples of Abruzzo cuisine include bread, pasta, meat, cheese, and wine.
Abruzzo is known as the ‘Home of Chefs’ whereby since 1560 some of world’s best Chefs have been learning to cook for Royalty and the top restaurants worldwide.
Explore the History & Culture of Medieval Italy
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A Medieval Gem on the Coast
Venture off the grid and explore Vasto, a charming Medieval village dating back to the 15th century which overlooks the Adriatic sea. Wandering the narrow alleyways is like taking a step back in time. The historic old town boasts Caldoresco Castle, while lowland white sandy beaches stretch along the coast. This stretch of coastline is an unspoilt haven of tranquility. In the summer months the crowds increase, but this corner remains a relatively unknown gem. Along the coast you will find ‘Punta d’Erca, also known as the Punta Aderci – an untouched area of rugged coastline popular with divers. The area is a protected nature reserve, and you can witness ‘trabocchi’ here – traditional fishing platforms traditionally used for fishing along this stretch of coast. Another ‘must-do’ in this region is to visit the olive oil mill La Selvotta. An integral part of Italian cooking, roam the olive groves, witness the production of this ‘green gold’ and enjoy a tasting!
Untouched History & Nature Await
Dating back to 1240, L’Aquila, the capital of the Abruzzo region, is a picturesque and walled medieval town rich in history and culture. L’Aquila’s narrow streets and quaint squares are like something from another age. The Province has long desired its independence and places great pride in preserving its natural attractions, including the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park, the oldest park in Italy! Another source of pride for the region is the church of San Bernardino di Siena, a beautiful Renaissance church, as well as L’Aquila’s well-preserved 16th-century castle which houses the National Museum of the Abruzzo. While you’re here, don’t forget to visit the famous Fountain of 99 Spigots, representing the unification of the 99 castles surrounding L’Aquila.
Majella National Park
Experience Life Like the Locals
Majella National Park is one of three national parks of the region. The park is a brilliantly preserved ecosystem, with 100 square miles of stunning landscape to enjoy. Opt to hike one of the many trails or learn how to cook like the Italians with a cooking, wine and walking tour. This wild untouched landscape offers breathtaking views and remote tranquility. Meet with the locals, get a sense of the traditional way of life still employed here, and sample the freshest ingredients straight from the farm! Surrounded by lush rolling hills and untouched nature, Marjella National Park is a truly off-the-grid authentic Italian destination!