Abruzzo offers territories rich in history, traditions and artistic testimonies that never cease to surprise visitors. Between the mountains and the hills narrow valleys, natural historical paths, dotted with ancient villages are wedged. Full of charm are the small villages in the hinterland, the monasteries, the castles of the region that make up many different tour routes in the greenest region of Italy.
Arrival of the group in the late afternoon in the Abruzzo region. Accomodation at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 2 – Pescara / Badlands of Atri
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Pescara. Meeting with the guide and visit of the city center. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon, excursion to the Calanchi di Atri, the badlands of Atri. Also known as Dante’s Pits, they are landforms created by running water, eroding clay soils without forest cover. They form a surreal landscape that does not seem to belong to this planet. The barren badlands cliffs alternate with ditches and ponds, woods and cultivated fields in a wonderful color palette. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 – L’Aquila
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to L’Aquila. Arrival in the late morning for lunch in the restaurant. Meeting with the local guide, visit of the city center. Unmissable visit to the Basilica of Collemaggio which has just reopened its doors to the public after the post-earthquake works. It is one of the greatest architectural examples of Abruzzo and is located just outside the walls. Accommodation at the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – L’Aquila, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Navelli, Sulmona
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Santo Stefano di Sessanio, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, an authentic jewel of the Gran Sasso. The town is completely built in white limestone, whose whiteness has been made opaque by time. The roofs of the buildings made exclusively with tiles offer a harmonious overview to those who observe it from the top of the Medici tower. The village is considered one of the most beautiful in Abruzzo for its integral environmental values, for its architectural decoration and for its stylistic homogeneity. Continue to Navelli, one of the oldest villages in Italy, known for the cultivation of the so-called Abruzzo gold, saffron dop. Visit of the town and the characteristic staircase, of the alleys of extraordinary beauty, enriched by the presence of palaces, arches, small chapels, Renaissance loggias and ancient access doors to the village. Lunch in a restaurant and continue to Sulmona, known for the production of sugared almonds. Visit of the city and accomodation at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – Scanno, Lago di Scanno, Villalago
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for the excursion to Scanno, famous for its beautiful views immortalized by famous photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Mario Giacomelli. Guided tour of the village, inscribed in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy, characterized by palaces, arches, loggias, portals and city walls. Visit to the famous pastry shop that created the well-known Pan dell’Orso. Tasting. After the visit, lunch in a restaurant. In the early afternoon, stop at Lake Scanno. Then visit to Villalago, on Lake San Domenico. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 – Chieti and the Trabocchi Coast
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Chieti and the Costa dei Trabocchi, the stretch of coast characterized by the presence of “trabocchi”, old fishing machines on stilts. The trabocco is an ancient fishing tool, very common along this stretch of the Adriatic coast, which fell into disuse after the 1970s and is now converted into a charming restaurant that juts out into the sea. Typical lunch. In the afternoon, free time and visit of the ancient Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere. Accommodation in a nearby hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 7 – Roccascalegna
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Roccascalegna, one of the most beautiful castles in Abruzzo, located on a rock spur overlooking the medieval village of Roccascalegna. From the top of its towers you can enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. The Castle, which seems suspended between heaven and earth, is surrounded by mighty defensive walls. It was used until 1600 to then be abandoned in the following centuries, until, in the mid-80s, a skilful restoration was started that brought it back to its ancient splendor. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon, visit of Gessopalena. The ancient town built and excavated in gypsum stones was partially destroyed in the 2nd World War but its ancient beauty shines through at every corner and tells the life that took place in the rural villages within those tiny accommodations that annexed stables and cellars. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 – Return to your area
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure of the group and end of our services.