Abruzzo is off the beaten path for many travelers in Italia; that can be a delightfully, good thing.

Sharing a northern boundary with Marche (Ascoli Piceno, Urbino, etc.), an eastern coastline with the Adriatic Sea, a southern boundary with Molise (once a province) and to the west, Lazio (Roma, Viterbo, etc.), Abruzzo (L'Aquila, Ortona, Lanciano, etc.) is a classic opportunity for those travelers seeking timeless, authentic Italia.

Featuring cities and villages pleasantly insulated from the pace and distraction of modern urban life, Abruzzo offers some of Italia's best preserved Medieval and Renaissance hill towns.

Nestled amongst these truly authentic surroundings are jewels of great natural beauty. The beaches around Silvi Marina are among the best in Europe.

The coastal city of Ortona has archeological treasures dating back to the 6C. BC, but much of that early history has been lost to the Adriatic Sea.  What remains is a fine collection of Medieval and Renaissance coastal fortifications, such as the Aragonese Castel built in the 15th C. by King Alfonse of Aragon and the Palazzo Farnese (16th C.)

For a classically romantic sunset stroll in Ortona the Passeggiatta Orientale, a walkway directly overlooking the port of Ortona, is hard to match.

 

The Gran Sasso mountain range is that portion of the Apennines surrounding the charming thirteenth century city of L’Aquila; an Abruzzo locale named for the many rivers flowing through this important trade center. The city center is graced with L’Aquila’s best known monument, Fontana della 99 Cannelle, a fountain with ninety-nine spouts to commemorate the city’s 13 C. founders.

            L’Aquila is well known for lace making; an art form originally introduced there by Benedictine nuns in the 1700’s. Custom gold-work and made-to-order lace products are special handcrafts of the small villages Scanno and Pescocostanzo, located just south of L’Aquila. In the village of Castelli locals have been famous for handcrafting ceramics for more than 400 years.