#1 Trabocchi coast
The route for who loves the sea and the wonderful beaches of seaside Abruzzo.
15 km South of our B&B there is Vasto Marina, touristic place very popular in Summer time because of its large beaches and its full service seaside venues. Going on to the North you can get in the majestc Riserva Naturale di Punta Aderci in which you can find the well-known Spiaggia di Punta Penna. With its limpid water and its big sea stack it is very popular among young people and families.
It continues with the Libertini’s beach of pebbles , Punta Aderci beach and Mottagrossa. The itinerary keeps on towards North, to discover the Costa dei Trabocchi, the traditional wood structure used by fishermen to fish, now tunerd in to restaurants. Is very recommended to stop somewhere near San Vito Chietino to eat a delicious Brodetto di Pesce (traditional Fish Soup) and visit Eremo Dannunziano, the summer house of the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio.
Coming back to South you can pass through an old no longer used railway transformed into an intinerary between nature and Trabocchi, alongside the sea. Near Fossacesia there is the beautiful Abbazia di S. Giovanni in Venere and, keep going towards Torino di Sangro, you can visit a British Second World War graveyard.
#2 TIBET D'ABRUZZO
For those who loves the mountain, the clean fresh air and discovering the origins of world’s best pasta.
Venturing down the Sangro river you can have the wonderful opportuniy to admire breathtaking landscapes and visit typical small villages full of historical traditions.
In Roccascalegna, at the top of a promontory, takes place an imponent and suggestive Medieval Castle, from where you can admire an astonishing view. A few
km far, on the east side of Mount Majella there is Gessopalena, a village situated over crystal massifs, in which you can visit the Chalk Museum, full of many types of crystals.
Keep going a few km inlands there is the Parco Fluviale delle Aquevive (Aquevive’s Fluvial Park), in Taranta Peligna, where it’s possible to visit the wonderful Grotte del Cavallone (Cavallone Caves). This is a naturally rich area, well to visit also for the several world wide famous pasta factory like De Cecco and Delverde.
More towards the inside you’ll find a popular ski town called Roccaraso and, going towards the Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo e Molise you’ll meet Villetta Barrea, a small town of 650 inhabitants where, in the city centre, it’s possible to see ancient artefact dating back from the 1300 a.d. and also elegant palaces from the XVI and XVII century.
Tibet D’Abruzzo – Gran Sasso National Park
For many people, visit Abruzzo means visit the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso (National Park of Gran Sasso), surrounded by mountain ranges, rivers and characteristic fauna. In it you will walk in the middle of nature and learn many interesting fact about the natural heritage and how to preserve it.
Inside it you will find Rocca Calascio with his Castle and his medieval historic center, actually unihabitated. In the nearby you can find Castel del Monte and Santo Stefano di Sessanio, two little town included in the association “The best historic town of Italy”.
For snow-lovers always in the nearby of the National Park of Gran Sasso there is Campo Imperatore, the first skii station of Appennini.
#3 VILLAGES AND GASTRONOMY
Abruzzo is very big compared with the population that actually live in it: this is the reason why it’s not hard to find a big variety of habits and traditions in the innumerable villages and small town scattered in the whole land.
Vasto is the second most populated city in the province: his ancient history begin from Latin’s settlements in the ancient Histonium and goes on until today. In the historical city centre there is Palazzo D’Avalos, residence of the lord since 1500: in the inside, nowadays, there are the Civic Museums and the wonderful garden with a stunning view on the Vasto’s gulf.
Specially during Summer time is very recommended to visit the inland villages as Tufillo and Torrebruna, wellknown for traditional “Sagra dei Cavatelli” (Cavatelli is a delicious kind of pasta) or “Sagra del Tartufo” (Truffle Festival), that from a long time attract thousand of visitors intent on discover the typical products of the Abruzzo’s wine ad food culture.
Carpineto is a very beautiful village. In addiction to his historical city centre, in it you can visit the Museum of Ventricina, one of the most famous food of our land, now under the safeguard of Slow Food.
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#4 SPORT E RELAX
Abruzzo offers many possibilities for those who love hiking, enjoy healthy relaxation and extreme sports.
About 10 km from B&B Rosa Dalfonsina, next to Punta Penna Beach, there is Vasto’s port: from here in Summer time it’s possible to ship to the Tremiti Island, the “Pearls of the Adriatic Sea”, in a beautiful landscape of pure water and wild nature. We also suggest the tour around the archipelago to visit the numerous caves.
The biggest aquatic park in the South Italy, “Aqualand del Vasto“, is easy to reach too: it extends for more than 100.000 mq, offering a big number of pools, water-slides and relax areas.
For the lovers of high-altitude sports, we suggest “Abruzzo Rafting“: located in Civitella Messer Raimondo, near to the Majella National Park, it offers rafting trips by the river Aventino, for young and adults.
Or, even close to Majella National Park, around Fara San Martino there are the Gole di Fara, perfect for climbing!
Abruzzo maintains an enviable artistic-religious heritage that deserves to be visited for its beauty and variety.
From the nearby Casalbordino you can visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Miracles, dedicated to the apparition of the Virgin in 1576 and now a destination for visitors and pilgrims from around the world.
We suggest you to visit also the Church of St. Dominic in Cocullo (in the province of L’Aquila) where the 1st May takes place the famous “Festa dei Serpari“, an old tradition dating back to the ancient people of the Marsi and later taken up by San Domenico. Also in the province of L’Aquila you can find the Hermitage of Our Lady d’Appari built in 1300 by the inhabitants of Paganica: damaged by the earthquake, was safe garage and open to the public from 2011.
Founded in 1288 by Pietro da Morrone (crowned a few years later as Pope Celestine V), the Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio is the symbol of Abruzzo’s religious architecture. Currently under renovation, it will reopen to the public in 2017.
Castiglione a Casauria (near Pescara) hosts the monumental complex of the Abbazia di San Clemente that since 872 A.D. hosted the relics of Pope Clement I. Today, it is also a museum in which are preserved religious artefacts and works of art.
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