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Excursions in Abruzzo

Come and discover all the beauty of Abruzzo, the “green region” of Italy.

Many places to explore and landscapes to discover: mountains, beaches, hills and historic cities.

Teramo

The city of Teramo has ancient origins and in its golden years the thermal baths, the theater, the amphitheater and other monuments submerged by the new city were built.

We suggest a visit to the suggestive Cathedral dedicated to San Berardo and Santa Maria Assunta and to the statue of Sor Paolo at Largo Proconsole who knows everything about the city because here “notes” were hung about the work of the municipal administrators and also mocking letters for the cheated husbands!

In addition to visiting the streets of the center between shops and churches, we recommend a stop at:

     
  • San Domenico, a single-room Gothic church, a very common model across the Alps, but rare to find in Italy;
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  • Madonna delle Grazie, former ancient monastery of the Benedictine nuns of 1153 with a beautiful garden dedicated to the Teramo singer Ivan Graziani
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  • Castello della Monica gorgeous during the day but very suggestive with night lighting

Campli

Campli is located on a hill between the Teramo valleys. It is a country rich in history and architectural monuments. It houses the headquarters of a section of the National Archaeological Museum. The Parliamentary Palace, located in front of the Cathedral of S. Maria in Platea from 1300, which has a Romanesque bell tower, deserve a visit. The Scala Santa is also famous, so called because, after 1776, the custom of granting indulgence to those who walked on its knees spread.

Civitella del Tronto

The fortress of Civitella del Tronto is one of the most impressive military engineering works in Italy, all its bright history is linked to the strategic position it has had. The fortress that can still be visited today was the very last Bourbon stronghold to bend to the nascent unity of Italy. Also visit the streets of the inhabited village of La Ruetta, the narrowest street in Italy.

San Gabriele

Located at the foot of the Gran Sasso, the sanctuary is dedicated to a young Passionist Saint today a destination for over two million faithful from all over the world

The fame of San Gabriele exploded in 1892 when his mortal remains were exhumed and the first amazing prodigies happened on his grave. In 1920 he was proclaimed a saint and in 1959 Pope John XXIII declared him patron of Abruzzo.

In addition to the ordinary sanctuary where on the upper floor there are corridors of vows and gifts for the Saint, today you can also visit the new church located just opposite where you can pray on the saint’s remains.

Castelli

Located just below the peaks of the Gran Sasso it is known all over the world for the famous ceramic masters who already in the Middle Ages served the kings of Naples and the princely houses of Rome. Known above all for its artisan workshops, Castelli has been renamed “city of ceramics” and owes its fame precisely to this art, whose origins date back to around the thirteenth century. Since then, this fine art has been handed down from father to son in the small, but characteristic village at the foot of the Gran Sasso.

Madonna dello Splendore

On April 22, 1557 a farmer while collecting the wood, saw the Virgin Mary surrounded by a great light and the sanctuary dedicated to her was built right there. The Madonna as proof of the miracle at the base of an olive tree caused a source of pure water to flow, which still exists today. Whoever passes through the village can visit the source of the miracle and bathe himself by marking his forehead, so he will be blessed by the Madonna.

Atri

Atri was a city of great prestige in the ancient world.

In the 11th century it was thanks to its port in the Adriatic that it was characterized as a great trading center and it was the only city on the coast to coin money before Rome, hence the thesis that the name of the sea itself derives from the ancient Hatria.

The city experienced its heyday with the Dukes of Acquaviva, still today many archaeological finds speak of them.

Definitely worth visiting are the Cathedral and the Roman cistern, the small Roman Theater still functioning and called “the bomboniera”, the Church of S. Francesco and the Capuchin Communal Villa to enjoy a breathtaking view. It will be very easy to extricate oneself between the characteristic paths and just follow the 7 of bell towers to visit a perfectly preserved medieval town.

Gran Sasso National Park

Abruzzo also called the “lung of Europe” preserves some of the largest and most valuable protected areas in Europe including the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park. You can be enraptured by the magic of the forests, by hidden springs and waterfalls, hermitages and fortresses, by highlands and dizzying peaks where numerous species of protected animals live, such as the brown bear, the wolf, the Abruzzo chamois and the golden eagle.

L’Aquila

Ancient city of art and culture famous for its countless artistic beauties and for the 2009 earthquake L’Aquila offers treasures to be discovered such as the Basilica of S. Maria di Collemaggio, the Fountain of 99 Spouts, the Cathedral of S. Massimo and of S. Giorgio and the beautiful Renaissance Castle-Fortress, built by the Spaniards in the 16th century.

Stiffe caves

The Stiffe caves are born from the overwhelming force of an underground river that finds its outlet here and for thousands of years has molded the rock creating magnificent plays of lights and colors creating different environments on different levels where it is pleasant to dive. Open all year round. Tel +39.0862.86142

Santo Stefano di Sessanio

This characteristic village completely built in white limestone, whose whiteness has been made opaque by time and all the roofs of the houses are covered by
tiles that make the view even more suggestive for those who observe it from the top of the tower that rises in the center of the village.

San Benedetto del Tronto

It is the most important and well-known town on the Riviera delle Palme which offers entertainment and curiosities as well as a nice walk through the shop windows of the center. It has the largest fishing port in the Adriatic which can be admired from the long walk on the pier. It is also easily accessible by train or bus.

Ascoli Piceno

Its historic center built almost entirely in travertine is among the most admired in central Italy, by virtue of its artistic and architectural richness. It preserves several noble and bell towers and for this reason it is called the City of a hundred towers. In the center you can admire the Piazza del Popolo, considered among the most beautiful squares in Italy and in summer a comfortable train will accompany you through the streets of the center to admire its beauties. Tel +39.0736.336339