Abruzzo itineraries

The Home of Cooks, Villa Santa Maria

02 June 2011 Published in Abruzzo Itineraries
We recently visted the small Abruzzo mountain village of Villa Santa Maria in the Val di Sangro, province of Chieti. Just past Lago di Bomba as the valley starts to really climb, the amazing location is world famous for being the 'Home of Italian Chefs'. In fact, the very first professional culinary school was founded here as long ago as the 16th century by Prince Ferrante Caracciolo of the Kingdom of Naples. The Caracciolos came here to govern the territory and they wanted the kitchens of their palace to become a laboratory for local young people.And it still is after almost 500 years…
Last modified on 21 January 2017

Maison Petrosa, Caramanico Terme

11 November 2014 Published in Abruzzo Itineraries
Maison Petrosa is cozy and rustic bed and breakfast accommodation near Caramanico Terme in the National Park of the Majella. The exact location is the tiny hamlet of Riga which overlooks this wonderful thermal spa town in Abruzzo just 4 kilometers away as the country road winds its way to Demetra.
Last modified on 09 February 2017

Laperegina Organic Agriturismo, Abruzzo

18 November 2014 Published in Abruzzo Itineraries
L'Aperegina is an organic agriturismo located in the centre of beautiful Gran Sasso and Monte della Laga National Park, one of the three National Parks of the Abruzzo region. It is run by Marino and Elide who have restored and converted what was once the old shepherd's house into country accommodation still immersed in the woods and enjoying an fabulous uninterrupted view of both the surrounding mountains and the Adriatic coast in the distance.
Last modified on 08 February 2017

Caramanico Terme

09 September 2010 Published in Abruzzo Itineraries
Caramanico is a great place to base yourself for discovering the Maiella National Park, the province of Chieti and the south Abruzzo coast. The nearby ski slopes at Lanciano are one of the few in the world where it is possible to have a 'white week' in full view of the sea. Time it right and you can combine an early beach holiday with the final runs of the season. The town is built on a hill top spur at the top of which is the medieval walled area housing the 15th century churches of S.Maria Maggiore, S.Tommaso and S.Domenico.
Last modified on 30 January 2017

Majella Mountains

09 September 2010 Published in Abruzzo Itineraries
The Majella mountains in Abruzzo have always had a mystical atmosphere. They are not particularly high, not particularly extensive but the soul of Abruzzo can be found there. In ancient times this was the territory of the Goddess Maia. Through the medieval period it became a place of prayer and retreat. There were so many hermitages hidden away, poet Francesco Petrarca called the Majella 'Domus Christi'. Most can be visited today but do take care.
Last modified on 21 January 2017

The Transumanza in Abruzzo & Molise

09 September 2010 Published in Abruzzo Itineraries
The word 'transumanza' means 'crossing the land' and derives from 'transmundus' or 'crossing earth'. In effect, that's exactly what it is, the passage or migrations of the sheep twice a year from the high ground in the hills to winter pastures nearer the coast and vice versa. It was a way of life which originated as soon as men domesticated animals in Italy and is certainly pre-Roman. It celebrated its greatest period in Abruzzo during the 18th century when millions of sheep were led towards the Tavoliere Plain in Puglia.
Last modified on 06 February 2017

Odes of Transumanza from Abruzzo

29 November 2010 Published in Abruzzo Itineraries
'I offer you this flower for my love' - This ode to love and separation reached the groom who, consumed with love, was sitting gloomily in a small refuge on the Puglia plain. A few days prior to leaving for Puglia, the young shepherd would sing to his girlfriend encouraging her to sing for him the serenade of departure: the Spartenza. It was a sad song which, fortunately, did not wallow in pity but proposed in its verses a great faith in reciprocal love. 'De bonasera tante ne merdie / pe' quande so' le pècura che guarde' ('you deserve a…
Last modified on 24 January 2017