Also known as the Hermitage of Fra' Nicola, it has a modest appearance and does not show the sacred character of the construction. The tiny little church, built by the last Hermit of Gran Sasso, which spent its days there in meditation, is almost set in the rock, leaning against a wall that rises just over the hamlet of Pretara, along the Ruzzo stream.
The hermitage of Sant'Onofrio is located a few km from the centre of Serramonacesca, in the Majella National Park, at about 725 meters above sea level. The small complex, Romanesque in style, was built by the Benedictine monks under a large rocky rock, probably as a place of spiritual retreat for the monks of the nearby Abbey of San Liberatore a Majella.
It is one of the most spectacular and famous Celestinian Hermitages of Majella. The building stretches out in a dry landscape, under a rocky ridge that completely covers it, so much so that it camouflages in the rock. It was built in a period prior to the year 1000 and later restored by Celestino V around 1250 and used by him for the many Lenten to which he was subjected.
It rises on Mount Porrara at almost 1300 m asl, on a cliff that makes the building impenetrable on three sides. It was probably the first place where Pietro Angeleri lived as a hermit before taking his vows. Here the future Pope Celestine V, once reached Majella, stopped in a cave and began the hermit's life.
The Regional Nature Reserve of Punta Aderci, with its homonymous rocky promontory, protects one of the most evocative and spectacular stretches of the Abruzzo coast, which alternates wide and sandy beaches with natural cliffs with bays and coves of suggestive beauty.
Beautiful town in the province of Chieti, Vasto enchants with a charm of yesteryear. Overlooking the gulf of Trabocchi, it has ancient origins and collects the remains of three thousand years of civilization, testified by ancient towers, fortifications, churches and palaces. There are still visible traces of the Roman amphitheatre, the remains of the cisterns of Saint Chiara, the ancient thermal baths dating back to the II-III century AD, where precious mosaic floors representing the god Neptune and other marine scenes have been found.
The small and characteristic medieval town of Casalbordino, in the province of Chieti, is located on a hill at 201 metres above sea level. between the rivers Osento and Sinello, a short distance from the Adriatic coast and a few kilometres from Vasto. The historic centre preserves a tower, which is part of the medieval walls, and the eighteenth-century church of San Salvatore. In the main square dedicated to Umberto I stands the imposing civic tower, inaugurated in 1901.
In the province of Chieti, in the heart of the Costa dei Trabocchi, Torino di Sangro is a quiet seaside resort with a coastline of about six kilometres evenly divided between the sandy beach of "Le Morge" and the pebble beach of "Costa Verde". Its beautiful seafront promenade is ideal for long walks. The town has hotels, campsites, B&Bs and holiday farms located not far from the sea.
Lying on gentle hills overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Fossacesia is in the province of Chieti, in the heart of the Costa dei Trabocchi. Its territory develops north of the mouth of the river Sangro, where the coast is particularly jagged with bays and inlets alternating beaches of pebbles and sandy beaches. A rich Mediterranean vegetation is a frame, dotted with broom and sea fennel, with orange groves and olive groves that almost reach the sea.
Along the Costa dei trabocchi, between Ortona and Fossacesia, San Vito Chietino dominates the Adriatic Sea. The town, defined by D'Annunzio as "the country of the brooms", rises on a rocky spur and from its balconies you can enjoy a wide panorama that ranges from Majella to Gargano, and than to the Tremiti Islands. The village, perched overlooking the sea, tells its medieval past with the remains of the defensive walls and its beautiful churches.