TOURS

Our territory is a real open-air museum! Fascinating places stirring up intense emotions: mystery and spirituality, art and history, nature and   of course wine and gastronomy!

 We strive to preserve our traditions, our two thousand years old culture and artistic heritage from oblivion; your emotions and every memory of your travel will stay engraved in your memory, making it possible.

 Your pleasant recollection of Abruzzo will be the voice of our Land!

 Thanks!

 SEA AND TRABOCCHI

ORTONA- FOSSACESIA

 South of Pescara extends a sequence of beaches and Mediterranean scrub. Here there are the TRABOCCHI , unusual fishing machine made by wood. We will visit the Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere , a monastic complex in Cistercian Gthic style facing the sea. We will eat on the trabocco. In the afternoon the last stop will be in Ortona to visit the Cathedral of San Tommaso that keeps the holy relics of the saint.

May- September. The guide tour will be subject to the opening hours of museum and churches.

 

 

 

 

 

PESCARA - SILVI ALTA

 

A tour to discover the town of Gabriele D'Annunzio , Ennio Flaiano and Cascella's. Starting from San Cetteo's Cathedral we will visit the "old Pescara" making a stop at D'Annunzio Museum and at the Bourbon prison. In the afternoon a walk in the little medieval town of Silvi Alta to admire its sea view on the Adriatic sea.

January - December. The guided tour will be subject to the opening hours of museum and churches.

MAJELLA AND SPIRITUALITY

ROCCAMORICE – CARAMANICO TERME

In the heart of the Majella National Park there are many places of worship often hidden, but that deserve a visit for the beauty and  and for the history they represent. Near the Roccamorice, in the splendid valley, stands the hermitage of Santo Spirit: the complex winds along the entire mountain wall, connecting the different rooms and buildings through stairs and corridors. It is said that at dawn on 29 August 1248 something extraordinary happened in this place .... but you will discover when you come to visit it! The tour will continue with the visit of one of the most beautiful villages of the Majella National Park. Caramanico Terme, famous for its waters, its historic center and its sweets. We will also visit the church of San Tommaso, another secret jewel of the Abruzzi art that at sunset, thanks to the color of its stones becomes pink.

March - October. The guided tour will be subject to the opening hours of museum and churches.

 

 

SWEET SULMONA

 SULMONA-BADIA CELESTINIANA

 Sulmona, the most important center of the Peligna Valley, is famous for Ovidio, CelestinoV, its sweet confetti and red garlic. A beautiful city of ancient origins: the Peligni, the Roma Romans, the Swabians and the Angioinians have left traces in its urban structure. Starting from the Cathedral Basilica of San Panfilo, dating back to the eighth century, we will continue to the center of Sulmona to admire the complex of the Santissima Annunziata founded in 1320 and built on a Roman domus, the Domus di Arianna of the first century. a.C..In Piazza Garibaldi, one of the most beautiful and large squares in Italy, we will discover the medieval aqueduct. In the afternoon visit to the Abbey of Santo Spirito del Morrone. Founded by Pietro da Morrone, then Pope Celestino V, in 1256 you will be amazed by its monumentality and grandeur.

January - February; guided tours will be subject to the availability  of open places to visit.

UNDER THE SIGN OF SAGITTARIUS 
ANVERSA - VILLALAGO - SCANNO
In the heart of Abruzzo, not surprisingly called the green heart of
Europe, there are the Gorges of Sagittario. a tour that will touch
the three main centers immersed in a unique natural environment,
thanks to the Sagittario river and its lakes. The first stop in
Anversa: famous for its “literary parks”, here D'Annunzio set the
tragedy "La fiaccola sotto il moggio"; we will visit the Church of
San Marcello of the eleventh century, the remains of the Norman
castle and the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie dating back to
the sixteenth century. We will continue to Villalago, built in the
eleventh century; here we will visit the center with the old mill, its museums and the hermitage of San Domenico placed
on the homonymous lake. In the afternoon we will reach Scanno, famous for the goldsmith's art, the typical costume
of Scanno's women and the "catenaccio", immortalized by the famous photographer Cartier Bresson. We will visit the
Church of the Madonna del Lago. In the village we will cross the "ciambella", which is the classic route to visit Scanno,
the Church of Santa Maria della Valle, the Church of San Giovanni and the Wool Museum. Then you can taste the
typical sweets of Scanno.
January - December. The guided tour will be subject to the opening hours of museum and churches.

 

 

DISCOVERING THE ROMANESQUE ABRUZZESE

CASTIGLIONE A CASAURIA - ROCCAMORICE - CAPESTRANO - MANOPPELLO

 

The Romanesque architecture in Abruzzo covers a period of time that goes from the ninth to the thirteenth century, there are many places of worship on the Majella and not only. Ancient abbeys and monumental churches tell us about Romanesque art in their most beautiful and unique expressions . SAN CLEMENTE A CASURIA was the first abbey of Abruzzo in 872 built by Ludovico II, SAN LIBERATORE A MAJELLA was founded according to legend by Charlemagne, SAN PIETRO AD ORATORIUM was rebuilt in 1100 and already existed in 753 and finally SANTA MARIA D'ARABONA of 1208. 

January - December; guided tours will be subject to the availability  of open places to visit.

 

 

DAMES AND KNIGHTS: THE CASTLES OF ABRUZZO

PACENTRO - PETTORANO SUL GIZIO

 The Abruzzo rich in history also includes several fortifications that stand out perfectly in our landscape. Starting from the Peligna Valley we will visit Pacentro, a village that for 70% of its territory belongs to the Majella National Park; the Caldora castle overlooks the labyrinth of small, narrow medieval streets. We will see the Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia of 1603, the Church of San Marcello and the small church dedicated to Santa Maria di Loreto. Pacentro is also famous for its compelling "race of gypsies" and for legends concerning drift, hidden treasures and witches.

In the afternoon we will move to Pettorano sul Gizio, included among the most beautiful villages in Italy; nestled on a hill offers tourists a spectacular and unique view of the Nature Reserve.

The visit will include a stop at the ancient water mills of the village which is now a testimony of industrial archeology.

 

 January - December; guided tours will be subject to the availability  of open places to visit. 

 

 

CAPESTRANO – ROCCA CALASCIO

 

 In the Tirino valley the ancient village of Capestrano, where the statue of the Capestrano Warrior was found nearby, preserves the Piccolomini castle which was also owned by the Medici.  We will then visit the Church of San Pietro ad Oratorium with its magic square. After a lunch of trout, crayfish and saffron we will move to the Rocca di Calascio, the highest fortress of the Apennines that offers the visitor a breathtaking view especially at sunset.

January December; guided tours will be subject to the
availability of open places to visit and weather conditions.

 

NATURAL RESERVES

THE LADY OF THE WATERS: POPOLI

 A day in Popoli, an ancient city full of waters, which gave birth to Corradino D'ascanio, the inventor of the Vespa and the helicopter, and for centuries, thanks to its strategic position, was one of the most important Abruzzo. The guided tour will start from the historic center. Piazza della Libertà, the Church of San Francesco in the late Gothic style of Abruzzo, Palazzo Paolini with its wrought iron balconies from the end of the eighteenth century, the Taverna Ducale the most famous and ancient building in the city, commissioned by the Cantelmo in the first half of the 1300s. We will climb to the Church of the Holy Trinity with its spectacular flight of steps and we will see the Church of San Lorenzo. We will proceed in Via G.Bruno to admire ancient gates and the particular Chiesa dell'Addolorata. Before lunch we will visit a famous winery to taste local wines and after a lunch with crayfish, in the afternoon we will visit the Reserve of Capo Pescara: established in 1986, 135 hectares wide. The waters come from the Campo Imperatore plateau and with a 30-day journey they arrive in Popoli. We will end the day by attending a falconry lesson, a unique and exciting experience.

January - December. The guided tour will be subject to the opening hours of museum and churches.

 

 

THE ANCIENT VILLAGES OF THE GRAN SASSO NATIONAL PARK AND MONTI DELLA LAGA

 

 CASTEL DEL MONTE – SANTO STEFANO DI SESSANIO

 

Located in the heart of park, the Castel del Monte it looks like a fortified village, built on an ancient pre-Roman settlement developed in the early Middle Ages: in the center of the village there are churches with Baroque furnishings. Ancient village of transhumance it hosts two museums dedicated to it and it is also known for its excellent dairy products. The Campo Imperatore plateau with its beautiful beech forests offers a magnificent experience in nature, with its spectacular rocky massif of the Gran Sasso. In addition, these places have hosted several sets for film productions. Some examples? "The name of the rose" and the films of Bud Spencer with his "spaghetti western". Located in the mountains Santo Stefano di Sessanio is a beautiful and characteristic village with stone houses and charming alleys of the 1400s and churches of the 1600s; its famous cylindrical tower, unfortunately collapsed due to the earthquake of 2009, today is represented by a stylized metallic structure. You will find craft shops, we will see to dye wool with wine and eat the famous Santo Stefano di Sessanio lentils!

March - October; guided tours will be subject to the availability of open places to visit and weather conditions.  

 

PERFUME OF SAFFRON 
NAVELLI - BOMINACO

Every year thousands of purple flowers donate a precious red gold to Navelli: saffron! This beautiful village was built on a place that was inhabited as early as the sixth century BC. from Vestini and it was one of the castles that founded L'Aquila in the XIII century. We will visit the Parish Church of the Rosary, the Church of the Campo and the Baronial Palace of Santucci. After a lunch of saffron, chickpeas and other local products of Piana di Navelli, an area that was crossed by the tratturo L'Aquila -Foggia, we will stop at Bominaco, a hamlet of Caporciano. In Bominaco there is the Church of Santa Maria Assunta of the eleventh century, rich in furnishings of considerable workmanship, the Oratory of San Pellegrino and in the highest part the castle. The Oratory of San Pellegrino will enchant visitors: the frescoes of three different masters represent one of the most beautiful pictorial cycles in Abruzzo.

January December; guided tours will be subject to the  availability of open places to visit and weather conditions.  

WALKING TO CHIETI AND GUARDIAGRELE
The ancient Teate, once the capital of the Marrucini people, is one of the oldest
and most beautiful cities in Abruzzo. Rich in Roman remains, it offers the
visitor art and history of every century. The route will wind up from the
Cathedral of San Giustino, we will visit the Marrucino, one of the oldest theaters
of Abruzzo, and we will continue along the main street full of palaces and
churches. from the Roman temples to Villa Frigerj which houses the National
Museum of Abruzzo with its Capestrano Warrior. In the afternoon we will visit
the Guardiagrele "Abruzzo terrace". Surrounded by towers and walls we will see
Porta San Giovanni, Torrione Orsini and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore;
you will not miss a visit to the shops of the city famous for metalworking.

 January - December; guided tours will be subject to the availability

of open places to visit and weather conditions.

 

 

 

HIGHLANDS OF ABRUZZO

 

THE TERRITORY OF THE CINQUEMIGLIA HIGHLAND PESCOCOSTANZO - BOSCO DI SANT'ANTONIO

 

Inserted among "The most beautiful villages in Italy", Pescocostanzo is a small jewel for its simplicity and beauty. We will visit among other things, the Church of Santa Maria del Colle rebuilt in 1456, the oratory of Santa Maria del Suffragio of the sixteenth century, Palazzo Fanzago of 1624 with its wooden shelves. In the afternoon we will dedicate it to the relaxation and silence that the Bosco di Sant'Antonio offers us with its unique and secular trees.

 

January - December; guided tours will be subject to the  availability of open places
to visit and weather conditions.




THE HERMITAGES OF ABRUZZO
RAIANO - ROCCAMORICE - SERRAMONACESCA - SULMONA

Stories of men who have become saints who have left us a legacy of places
of great beauty, not only artistic, but above all spiritual. For those who want
to discover the hermitages of Majella, an indispensable path.
 March - November; guided tours will be subject to the availability of open
spaces to visit and weather conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

THE FIRST CAPITAL OF ITALY

 

CORFINIO

 

A day in the ancient Corfinium, a city that had its splendor with the Social War (91-88 BC), when it was proclaimed capital of the Italic League, that is the alliance between all the Italic peoples who claimed from Rome the recognition of the rights of citizenship . Fortified village in medieval times passed under the Swabian, then Angevin and finally Aragonese.

 

An area rich in history where you can still visit places belonging to the Roman era, the beautiful De Nino museum located in the historic center of Corfinio, the Cathedral of San Pelino and its splendid Oratory.

January - December; guided tours will be subject to the availability of open  spaces to visit and weather conditions. 

THE CASAURIENSE TERRITORY: ART, WINE AND FOOD

 

CASTIGLIONE A CASAURIA - PIETRANICO

 

 

A day at the Gole di Tre Monti, in the territory of Castiglione a Casauria.  The tour will begin with a visit to the Abbey  of San Clemente a Casauria,  a splendid example of Romanesque style in Abruzzo and then continue with the visit and tastings at a historic winery. Lunch will take place in an unexpected setting ... that we will not reveal ... but you will taste local products, with typical dishes and a short lesson on local gastronomy. In the afternoon we will visit Castiglione a Casauria and then move towards the last destination of the day, Pietranico from where you can see the Adriatic sea!

 

 

 

 January - December; guided tours will be subject to the availability of open spaces to visit and weather conditions.

 

 

 

 

THE NATIONAL PARKS AND THE NATURAL RESERVED AREAS

 

SAN VALENTINO IN ABRUZZO CITERIORE

CARAMANICO TERME

PACENTRO

PETTORANO SUL GIZIO

PESCOCOSTANZO

SANTO STEFANO DI SESSANIO

CASTEL DEL MONTE

CAMPO IMPERATORE

 

The small towns of the National Park of Majella and the fascinating nature of Abruzzo.

 

FESTIVALS , EVENTS AND  SYMBOLISING TRADITIONS

 

Popular  traditions and country festivals of distant origin to discover usages and customs of the inland areas.

 

SAN DOMENICO DI COCULLO -COCULLO

LA MADONNA CHE SCAPPA IN PIAZZA - SULMONA

LA GIOSTRA CAVELLERESCA - SULMONA

IL CATENACCIO - SCANNO

LA CORSA DEGLI ZINGARI - PACENTRO

IL BUE DI SAN ZOPITO - LORETO APRUTINO

IL VENERDI' SANTO - SULMONA

IL VENERDI' SANTO - CHIETI

SANTA GEMMA -GORIANO SICOLI

 

 

All of the above tours usually run for a half or a full day; it is possible to agree or to modify the tours according with the guests’ requests.

 

You will discover fascinating art cities, during daytime as well as at night, wrapped in intensive atmosphere.

 

Feel free to contact us for further explanations about cities, monuments and admittance ticket prices, either e-mail or by telephone.  

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