One of the oldest cities in Italy, so much so that its historical origins are confused with mythology. Chieti is a centre of considerable artistic and cultural importance. It is in a panoramic position between the Majella mountains and the Adriatic. It was the capital of the Italic population of Marrucini. Later it was a Roman city with the name of Theate, whose signs, such as the Roman Theatre (second half of the second century AD.), the complex of Roman Temple (remains of sacred buildings), the cistern of the ancient Baths, are still visible in the city.
The village of Campli is located in the province of Teramo and is a real "treasure chest" kept in the heart of the Teramo hills. An enchanting city of art where history and culture, tradition and religious worship come together to create a unique mix. Inhabited since pre-Roman times, as testified by the necropolis found in nearby Campovalano, Campli knows its greatest splendor in the Middle Ages, when under the control of the Farnese became a meeting place for painters and artists from schools of masters such as Giotto and Raphael, to name but a few.
Atri, the ancient Hatria Picena, is located on a clayey hill at 442 m. above sea level in the province of Teramo. Many historians claim that Atri took its name from Adranus to whom the Apennine wolf was sacred. In the pre-Roman period it was the capital of the South of Piceno and in 290 B.C. it became the Municipuim Foederatum of Rome, when this decadence Atri had a dark period under the domination of the dukes of Spoleto, of the Franks and of the Count of Loretello.
It rises at the foot of Mount Amaro and at the foot of the Majella National Park, Lama, whose name reveals its ancient origins by recalling the term "lamatura", which means "land where water stagnates". In the village, to see is certainly the Renaissance Church dedicated to St. Nicholas and St. Clement and the two white stone sources of the Majella that welcome travelers at the entrances to the country, a hospitality that starts from the material itself to involve everything.
Fara San Martino is known as the village of water and pasta. It is located in the Majella Nationalpark near the river Verde. The medieval village is very nice and well-finished. The ancient district of Terra Vecchia is worth a visit and the access is through the Porta del Sole. Other attractions are the Naturalistic Museum and the Majella National Park Visitor Center.
Getting to Civitella Alfedena, one of the smallest villages in Abruzzo, means letting yourself be fascinated by the harmony of its architecture and the atmosphere of the center, among narrow streets and old stone houses, tell stories of past centuries and invite you to get lost in their archaic magic. But if the country enchants with its ancient beauty, the territory that surrounds it amazes for its rich nature, colors and scents: behind Civitella stretches the amphitheater of Chamois, at its feet the beautiful lake Barrea.
There is a time of day when the sun illuminates the picturesque village, reflecting on the blue waters of the lake of the same name, and perhaps it is there that Barrea expresses all its magic, its being a mountain village, one thing with nature that surrounds it. Perched on a rocky spur, is part of the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise and the landscape that surrounds it is so beautiful as to look like a postcard: mountainous peaks, beech forests, clear waterways, all this makes Barrea an ideal destination for lovers of hiking.
The village of Aielli, whose territory is part of the Regional Park Velino-Sirente, is a treasure chest to discover. Lying on a calcareous rocky spur, it is surrounded by two streams: this position, easily defensible from enemy attacks, has made it for centuries the ideal place for defense and observation of the territory.
Archi is also known as the "Terrazza sul Sangro": the village rises on a rocky spur and from there the view dominates both the Aventine Valley and the Val di Sangro. Its climate, fertile land, the patience of the farmers, all this has allowed the village to become a large center for the production of extra virgin olive oil, so as to be included in the Oil Itineraries.
At an altitude of almost 600 metres, at the foot of the Colle Rotondo, lies Bugnara, surrounded by hills and woods, which dominates the entire Peligna Valley from its position. Bugnara is an ancient village, which developed especially in the Middle Ages and has seen the succession of noble families who have left in the town traces of great architectural value: the symbol of this past is the Castello Ducale, which with its ruins seems to control still today the whole territory.