Places of Heart
Our favorite places are the first that we recommend you to discover in Abruzzo.
Pacentro (690 sml) is a small village in the Peligna Valley that is characterized by the beautiful historic center dominated by the towers of the Caldora-Cantelmo Castle.
There are several prestigious monuments to visit such as the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, that of S. Marcello Papa and that of the Immaculate, the numerous alleys that seem to form an embroidery in the central part are delightful.
Pacentro boasts of having given birth to the rock star Madonna.
In Pacentro the artistic craftsmanship boasts a centuries-old tradition and consists in the processing of the white Maiella stone, the terracotta figurines for the nativity scene, the crochet filet and the Abruzzese female costumes.
This name indicates a stretch of coast of about 130 km that extends from Ortona, a town immediately after our Francavilla, and Vasto.
The coast in this stretch is mostly high and rocky and is formed by golden shores, cliffs, pebble coves, while in the sea you will find the characteristic Trabocchi .
The Trabocchi are ancient fixed fishing equipment, resembling piles, placed perpendicular to the coast. Their structure is formed by planks and beams anchored on the rocks. On the beams rests a wooden walkway that leads to a platform from which light poles branch out, called antennas, at whose ends the corners of the net are fixed. The overflows are so light, almost airy, but very solid, able to withstand the weight of the sturdy fishing net and the stresses of marine storms.
And it is this very air of theirs that allows the trabocchi to interact with the forces of nature, resisting even the storms. woods used for their construction are: elm, fir and acacia. Fascinating is also the technique used by the overflowing for fishing: the wide nets are lowered to the sea with a revolving winch fixed in the center of the platform. From time to time, they are raised a little above sea level. The trapped fish, mostly mullet, sea bass, needlefish, and blue fish in general, remain suspended out of the water, in the hollow of the dense network, flickering in a sparkle of light, until they are pulled up with a landing net (the ” volega “).
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The Orfento River gives its name to the splendid valley that from the main peaks of the Majella massif descends to the town of Caramanico Terme; over millions of years, the water has dug a narrow gorge now covered by dense riparian vegetation on which willows, ferns and mosses stand out.
Starting from 1980 in the valley Cervi and Caprioli were reintroduced, which over the years, having reproduced, colonized the entire western side of the Park.
The valley today is crossed by an articulated network of paths with access points placed on both sides; from the town of Caramanico Terme the two paths depart for the Ponte del Vallone and for the Scalelle, while downstream of the village can be accessed from the bridge on the highway.
Ducal city dear to the Farnesi family, famous for its convents and monasteries, it was the ancient capital of the Vestini with the name of “Pinna virens” and lived a shining period both in Roman times. Penne rises on a very panoramic hill (438 m asl), in the high Tavo valley. The city center is characterized by the presence of splendid monuments and elegant eighteenth-century buildings, which tell its noble history.
To visit, among many others, the scenic Porta San Francesco, the main access to the city, the ancient cathedral of S. Maria degli Angeli and S. Massimo Martire, the church and the former convent (currently the municipal seat) of S. Domenico , the church of S. Giovanni Evangelista, the church, with the adjoining convent, of Santa Maria in Colleromano and the Palazzo Del Bono. To visit the Civic-Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art and the Archaeological Museum.
In this marvelous city of art the famous tailor’s shop Brioni is located, which dresses some of the most powerful and richest men in the world. A few kilometers from the historic center is the Nature Reserve “Lago di Penne”, which has an interesting Naturalistic Museum.
The village of Scanno is a small gem in the Abruzzo National Park and from its 1050 m slm it dominates the Sagittarius Valley. Famous for its famous lake and its excellence in the goldsmith’s art, in embroidery with lace making, in female costumes. The female costume was born between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, still a reason of luster for those who wear it.
The diffusion of costume is contemporary with the emergence of the wool industry and the art of dyeing. Even today, visiting the village it is possible to see women, especially older ones, wearing traditional costumes in everyday life.
The enchanting historic center is formed but a dense network of streets and alleyways, onto which old noble stone buildings with characteristic portals overlook, beautiful the two Baroque fountains, evocative the court of the Tanturri de Horatio Palace. Number of noteworthy churches such as the Church of S. Maria della Valle (12th century), that of Sant’Eustachio (12th century), the Chiesa delle Grazie (16th century) and on the other side of the lake the suggestive small church of S. Maria del Lago (XVII century).
Santo Stefano di Sessanio
Santo Stefano di Sessanio (1,251 m asl), an ancient fortified village of about 120 inhabitants located in the Gran Sasso-Monti della Laga National Park, is one of the pearls of Abruzzo. The evocative historical center, of medieval origin and of incredible beauty, is entirely built in white limestone, darkened by time, and is dominated by the imposing cylindrical tower, called “Medicea” for the
Outside the inhabited center you should visit the cemetery church of S. Stefano and, on the edge of the small lake at the foot of the village, the suggestive little church of the Madonna del Lago (XVII century), which rises outside the walls, on the green lines of a pond. Near S. Stefano di Sessanio, in the territory of Calascio, there is the suggestive castle of Roccacalascio (1.512 m asl), one of the highest castles in Europe. Famous for their rare and ancient quality, Santo Stefano di Sessanio lentils are famous throughout and used by the best chefs
Guardiagrele (town population about 9.500 inhabitants), the “city of stone” stands on a high hill (576 m asl), from which you can enjoy a magnificent panorama. The municipal area is included in the area of the Majella National Park, which has its registered office in Guardiagrele .
The town, of Roman origin, was probably fortified by Bellisario and had a mint in the Middle Ages. Of the ancient fortifications, with towers and city walls, the Adriana Tower, near which the spectacular Porta S. Giovanni and the Torrione Orsini open. The cathedral of S. Maria Maggiore, made of Majella stone, has a bell tower from the end of the 14th century, a portico on the right side with a monumental fifteenth-century fresco of San Cristoforo, and a portico on the left side with a fresco of Madonna del latte ”is baroque and was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1706.
Other monuments of notable interest are the churches of S. Francesco, S. Nicola, S. Chiara. The city of Guardiagrele it is famous for the art of wrought iron and for a singular cream dessert called in dialect “Le sise delle monache” a large and fluffy cream puff with 3 points which is a must to taste in the history of the shop along the course of the town.
La Piana del Voltigno is an enchanting plateau of karstic origin located in the eastern part of the Gran Sasso, in Abruzzo, at an altitude of about 1400 meters, and extends between the provinces of L’Aquila and Pescara. The valley is almost entirely part of the territory of Carpineto della Nora and is also part of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park. Furthermore the Piana del Voltigno constitutes, since 1989, together with the Valle D’Angri, the regional reserve “Voltigno and Valle D’Angri”.
The whole plateau is full of very suggestive landscape views. The flora and fauna are those typical of the Abruzzo Apennines. There are woods of beeches, firs, birches, poplars, badgers (taxus baccata), maples. There are also many species of flowers such as gentian, primula, anemone, orchid, martagon lily, peony, atropa or belladonna. The area is also very rich in terms of fauna. Bears, wolves, hares, deer, foxes and chamois live there. Excursions in the Piana del Voltigno are very fascinating both in winter and in summer. In the colder months it is possible to practice cross-country skiing, thanks to the presence of groomed slopes, or try snowshoeing (or snowshoeing) on snowshoes. In summer it is possible to make wonderful excursions or turn the valley on a mountain bike. There are numerous “gates” from which you can access the Voltigno plain. One of the most wisecracks, located on the Pescara side, is that of Carpineto della Nora. From this village it is in fact possible to walk to the plateau with a very long walk of several hours. More convenient is the access to the plateau from the abbey of S. Bartolomeo di Carpineto, always following the indications for the Voltigno. Another access point to the Piana del Voltigno from the Pescara side is that of Villa Celiera. Bartolomeo di Carpineto, always following the indications for Voltigno. Another access point to the Piana del Voltigno from the Pescara side is that of Villa Celiera. Bartolomeo di Carpineto, always following the indications for Voltigno. Another access point to the Piana del Voltigno from the Pescara side is that of Villa Celiera.
Sulmona is a medieval city with Roman origins set between two mountain massifs, that of the Majella and that of the Morrone, in the heart of the Abruzzo region .. Its unique position on the axis of the two main trade routes has ensured its richness and growth beyond two millennia of history.
Besides being widely recognized as the homeland of the candy, Sulmona is also the birthplace of the poet Ovid, the place where Celestino V – Pope of the great refusal – sought relief in the thirteenth century, and finally the production center of the famous Red Garlic of Sulmona .
The city hosts an impressive calendar of events throughout the year, which reaches its peak during the summer with the Giostra Cavalleresca of Sulmona and in the Easter period with the rites of the Procession of the Holy Friday and of the Madonna that runs away to the Piazza.