The territory of Valle Castellana is located in the center of the Abruzzo Apennines, on the northern slopes of the Monti della Laga, immersed in the large and lush Abruzzi woods at 625 m above sea level and 41 km from Teramo. Splendid is the natural landscape with typical villages, abandoned water mills, ancient oaks and the lake of Talvacchia that every summer collects thousands of tourists dedicated to tourist-mountain walks. In this area, chamois, roe deer, peregrine falcons, owls and golden eagles and the rare Italian geotritone are at their ease. Among the architectural evidences we ca
Set on a rocky spur of the Majella, if we look at Pretoro from a distance we seem to see a village that is the continuation of the rock itself. Once reached, we enter the heart of the town and we find ourselves breathing the ancient atmosphere of this town built around 1600 after the destruction of the Castle of Pretoro, perched on the end of the rock and called "Castrum Pretorii de Theti". Here, between very narrow streets and intertwined with each other like a precious embroidery, we wander until we find ourselves before the majestic panorama that surrounds the village.
Scanno is a show that begins before the boundaries of the village. The road that goes up to hairpin bends and leads to the village is splendid: the journey becomes an experience of beauty, while the gaze is lost in the landscape, on the Sagittario Reserve and on the lake, and then settle on the village and meet a place of magic and enchantment.
Part of the history of Tagliacozzo is contained in its name: according to scholars, in fact, the toponym derives from "cut in the rock" and would indicate the slit that divides the mountain where the village has developed. Other chapters of this story are intertwined with the remains of the medieval walls that once protected the village along with the castle, now in ruins. But the story of Tagliacozzo is also made by great episodes: here Corradino di Svevia was defeated by Carlo D'Angiò and the fact is also remembered by Dante in the XXVIII canto of the Inferno.
Perched at almost one thousand meters above sea level, the village of Villalago stands out against the sky, dominating the landscape and the Valle de Lacu, named for its five lakes. Its history has its roots in distant times: the town as we know it today arose in the eleventh century by the Benedictine monks and, in the late Middle Ages, underwent the domination of several feudal families.
Caramanico Terme is part of the club "Most Beautiful Villages of Italy". The town of Abruzzo, of Lombard origin, still retains its medieval layout consisting of remains of houses-walls, ancient doors and evocative interweaving of alleys along the town, which is enhanced by some imposing mansions arose in the Renaissance period. Here the Abbey of Santa Maria Maggiore and the church of San Nicola (XI and XIV sec.
The best time to get to Pacentro is at sunset, when the lights of the village start to light up and compete with the last lights of the sky, creating an enchanted and timeless atmosphere. The village lies on the slopes of the Morrone Mountains, perched, with the mountain that protects it and the eye to control the Valle Peligna.
Guardiagrele, the "city of stone" narrated by Gabriele d'Annunzio of the "Triumph of Death", is a village with ancient history: colonized by the Benedictines who built a monastery on the site, it had its maximum splendor around the twelfth century. The town planning and the architecture of the center bear traces of this past: millenary towers, churches, old houses and narrow alleys, the village enchants with its story of medieval atmospheres.