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Art, Faith and Culture

A mountain that offers breathtaking views and that strongly marks the nature of Abruzzo. But the Apennines is also the mountain that, enclosing this territory, has led it to preserve in itself a huge heritage of art and culture. An ancient culture that has settled over the centuries, a search for faith that man has led for millennia, inspired by the solemnity of these landscapes. Today you can still fully experience this cultural and spiritual dimension in contact with our region, austere and therefore so authentic, among hermitages, churches, castles, villages and cities of art, on a journey of discovery that eventually leads to a more deep with oneself.

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Hermitages
Castles and Forts
Museums
Abbeys and Churches
Archaeological Sites
Traditional rites
Popular culture

Travel Proposals, Itineraries & Ideas

Whether you decide to spend only a weekend or a entire holiday in our region,
here you will find ideas and suggestions on the most fascinating places, activities, villages and paths to discover the most authentic Abruzzo!

Highlights

Curiosity, suggestions, travel stories: information and news to get to know Abruzzo and the many experiences to be experienced in our wonderful region.

Abruzzo Set Cinematografico
23 Jul 18

Behind the mountains, the squares, the castles, the towns, the cities, the farmhouses that we see in some scenes of famous films can hide our land: Abruzzo.

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Civita D'Antino
23 Jul 18

In the Valle Roveto, on a plateau overlooking the wide valley crossed by the river Liri, rises Civita D'Antino.

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Redazione Abruzzo Tursimo
17 Feb 18

Campli, despite the appearance of a quiet town in the Teramana countryside, was a village of great traditions and of this illustrious past today preserves, jealous, splendid testim

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Barbella Art Museum - Chieti (Ch)

Barbella Art Museum is situated in the historical center of Chieti inside the seventh-century Martinetti Palace.
The collection is divided in five sections: paintings from the XV to the XIX century; Barbella's sculptures; cartoon; paintings of the Michetti Prize; ceramics from Castelli.

Cascella Municipal Museum- Pescara

The building had been for half a century a center of graphic ad artistic production and a meeting place for intellectuals and men of letters such as D'Annunzio, Pirandello, Grazia Deledda, Ada Negri, Guido Gozzano, Umberto Saba, Vincenzo Bucci, Federigo Tozzi, Goffredo Bellonci, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Giovanni Pascoli, Salvator Gotta and others.

Celestinian hermitage of San Bartolomeo in Legio - Roccamorice (PE)

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.

Eremo celestiniano della Madonna dell'Altare - Palena (CH)

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.

Eremo celestiniano di Sant'Onofrio al Morrone - Sulmona (AQ)

It is the Celestinian hermitage best known for its spectacular position, perched on a huge rock face of Morrone, overlooking the Peligna Valley. Here Pietro Angelerio, future Pope Celestine V, spent much of his life.

Eremo celestiniano di Santo Spirito a Majella - Roccamorice (PE)

The Hermitage of the Holy Spirit in Majella is the largest and most famous of all the Mother Mountain, a small Monastery built among the rocks. Although it has undergone several transformations over the centuries, it still retains the charm due to its wonderful position in the homonymous valley.

Eremo di Fratta Grande di Pretara - Isola del Gran Sasso d'Italia (TE)

Also known as the Hermitage of Fra' Nicola, it has a modest appearance and does not show the sacred character of the construction.

Eremo di S. Onofrio - Serramonacesca (PE)

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.

Eremo di San Domenico - Villalago (AQ)

Today it is reflected in the clear waters of the reservoir of the same name created in the 1920s with a dam on the Sagittarius. The hermitage consists of a cave, the sacred speco, where the Holy Taumaturge found himself in penance around the year 1000, and the church in front of the portico.

Eremo di San Michele - Pescocostanzo (AQ)

Rock church of the XII/XIII century (rottoes and hermitage) opens at 1,266 m asl at the foot of a cliff that overlooks the Fourth Great, on the slopes of Mount Pizzalto, in front of Colle Riina where Lombard tombs have been found.

Gabriele d'Annunzio's childhood home - Pescara

Gabriele d'Annunzio's childhood home is on the main street of the ancient city of Pescara, and it was contained in a military fortress which was demolished when the poet was a child.

Grotta Sant'Angelo - Palombaro (CH)

At the edge of the small village of Palombaro, at almost 800 meters above sea level, in a very suggestive naturalistic context within the Majella National Park, is the Grotta Sant' Angelo.

Holy Art Museum - Celano (Aq)

The museum was founded in 1992 and set inside Piccolomini Castle. It contains very precious sacred art-works and sculptures, connected to the elegant and renowned liturgical art production which distinguished the area of the Marsica between the VI and the XVII century.

National Archaeological Museum - Campli

Campli's National Archaeological Museum is situated in the ancient convent of Saint Francis (XIII century). It preserves and exhibits the finds from the prehistoric necropolis in the site of Campovalano. Made up of four sections, the material on display narrates the historical phases of the area, from the earliest settlement of the Picenians, dated to the XIV century B.C.

Santuario Beato Nunzio Sulprizio - Pescosansonesco (PE)

On the slopes of Mount Picca there is the charming village of Pescosansonesco, where the Sanctuary dedicated to the Blessed Nunzio was built, a boy born of a humble family in 1817; Being an orphan, he was raised by his grandmother, then by an uncle, despite being well built, led him to the hard work as a blacksmith.

Santuario Del Miracolo Eucaristico - Lanciano (CH)

The Church of San Francesco, in the center of Lanciano, was built in 1258 in the Burgundian-Romanesque style on the site of the Church of San Legonziano (VII / VIII century); it was rebuilt in baroque style around the middle of the 18th century.

Santuario del Volto Santo - Manoppello (PE)

Inside the Shrine of Manoppello is enclosed, in a case, what is recognized as the true Face of Jesus Christ. A legend tells that in 1506 a pilgrim presented himself to the physicist Giacomo Antonio Leonelli and gave him the precious gift.

Santuario della Madonna d'Appari - Paganica (AQ)

It is situated on the path that connects the two villages of Paganica and Camarda, on the road that from L'Aquila goes up to the Gran Sasso, in a suggestive position inside a gorge.

Santuario della Madonna dei Miracoli - Casalbordino (CH)

The Sanctuary stands on the site of the miraculous apparition of the Virgin. Legend has it that on 11 June 1576 a farmer from Pollutri, reciting the rosary, went to his camp to see the damage of a violent hailstorm. Hearing the sound of the bell announcing Mass, he knelt to pray.

Santuario della Madonna dell'Elcina - Abbateggio (PE)

The Sanctuary of the Madonna dell' Elcina is located on a rocky hill, a short distance from the old town centre. The local stone church, in its present form, is recently built but of ancient foundation and has a remarkable historical, artistic and religious value for the whole valley.

Santuario di Maria Santissima della Libera - Pratola Peligna (AQ)

All the mountainous and rural Abruzzo refers to his devotion to the Madonna della Libera, Protector of the Peligna Valley, whose cult developed around an image of the Virgin miraculously found in 1456 and attributed to the liberation of the territory from the plague.

Santuario di Maria Santissima Incoronata - Vasto (CH)

The church, originally dedicated to San Martino, was built in 1738; subsequently, following a miraculous event that ended a catastrophic drought, it was consecrated to the Crowned Madonna. In 1860 it was enlarged and the Capuchin monastery was annexed.

Santuario di San Camillo De Lellis - Bucchianico (CH)

The Sanctuary of San Camillo is located in the city centre, next to the convent he built. Among the undisputed protagonists of the Abruzzo spirituality, he was the founder of the Order of Clerics Regular Ministers of the Sick and is patron of the sick, hospitals, doctors and health workers.

Santuario di San Domenico - Cocullo (AQ)

In the lower part of the village of Cocullo stands the famous Sanctuary of San Domenico, rebuilt between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century on the site of an older church, which was built in the seventeenth century. It has a rectangular plan with a beautiful Renaissance portal reassembled on its side.

Santuario di San Gabriele dell'Addolorata - Isola del Gran Sasso (TE)

The foundation of the Convent according to the legend would be linked to the presence of St. Francis; for centuries it was entrusted to the conventuals who had to abandon it after the suppression of religious orders by the French. In 1847 it was entrusted to the Passionist fathers.

Santuario Madonna delle Grazie - Monteodorisio (CH)

Located at the entrance of the village, it occupies the area where there was a sixteenth-century chapel dedicated to the Madonna delle Grazie. Its construction began in 1886 following a prodigious event: during the restoration of the church, a crack had begun to gush from the water that had inexplicably healed a sick child.

Santuario Madonna dello Splendore - Giulianova (TE)

The Sanctuary of the Madonna of Splendour was built on the spot where the Virgin, on April 22, 1550, appeared in a luminous cloud to a peasant named Bertoldino. Also on the hill came a miraculous spring, still alive.

Santuario Romitorio di Maria Ss della Portella - Rivisondoli (AQ)

The Sanctuary preserves a miraculous image of the Madonna and Child (stone bas-relief). It was erected at the end of the 16th century in the place where, according to tradition, the effigy of the Virgin, transported from distant lands, became so heavy that it could no longer be removed.

Santuario Santa Maria dei Lumi - Civitella del Tronto (TE)

The sanctuary and the convent, built in 1466, stand on a hill in front of the village, a short distance from the road that leads to the center of Civitella. Their foundation is attributed to San Giacomo della Marca; their history is linked to that of the village, not only for religious and cultural aspects, but also for civil and military ones.