Sprawling National Parks, white sandy beaches, and remnants of the Roman empire, Abruzzo, even with its beautiful sights, is often forgotten.
Despite the beauty it has to offer, Abruzzo is one of the quieter parts of Italy. Just a 1.5 hour drive from Rome, it has 3 richly forrested national parks and 38 reserves, making for fantastic hiking in any season. Lakes dot the region, with a chance to explore them on a raft or canoe. We take you to a reserve with natural springs where dips are invited, especially during the balmier summer months.
Rocca Calascio is one of the charming, medieval towns that are scattered throughout Abruzzo. Here sits Italy’s tallest watchtower, at an impressive 1,500 metres above sea level. The fortress around it is just as impressive, with rock and limestone making for fantastic photos.
Also dubbed “the greenest region of Italy”, produce here is fine, fresh and tasty. Particularly at the beginning of Autumn when the weather is warm and fruits and vegetables hang heavy from trees. Benefitting both from mountain and sea, Abruzzo’s cuisine stems from fishing and farming. The region has also produced its own kind of pasta for over 200 years which we can also try our hand at making—spaghetti alla chitarra, made with a guitar-looking contraption.
Abruzzo is also famous for its skiing. The mountains are rugged with its highest slope topping at 2,000 metres. This becomes one of the coldest regions in Italy, but almost one of the most beautiful, with lovely ski resorts to rest your head at the end of a long, wintry day in the snow.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
The majestic Castello di Semivicoli rises between the hills of Abruzzo. The Castle on the main floor features 11 elegant rooms and 3 suites uniquely decorated with antique furniture and elements of refined design, embellished with evocative fireplaces and particular chandeliers; at the bar of the property guests can then taste the wines in the tasting room, or indulge in the most beneficial leisure in the relaxation room or in the music room.
This unique property .... to conserve and revive Santo Stefano as an “albergo diffuso” involved a detailed plan to preserve the integrity of the village and its surrounding landscape. Working alongside local organizations such as the town mayor and the national park, we proposed special laws to prohibit any new construction. Our aim was to bring the village back to life and to welcome tourists,but without sacrificing Santo Stefano’s identity. To retain Santo Stefano’s local character all modern technology is hidden. We searched out original architectural materials, and our furniture and textiles are authentic items from the Abruzzo mountains. We have preserved traces of bygone countryside life in the fabric of the buildings – symbols of hardship which evoke the spirit of ancient rural life.
A 16th-century former monastery in the Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, transformed by a bold and at the same time understated restoration. Materials that capture the eye, refined decor, all surrounded by the spectacle of nature. The estate covers 6 hectares, at an altitude of 860 meters, and includes an experimental vineyard, a grove of fruit trees and a garden of aromatic and wild herbs. This is the home of the restaurant Reale***, 9 charming guest rooms, and the culinary academy “Niko Romito Formazione”.