Rocky mountains, vast forests, soft hilly landscapes and magnificent sandy beaches all go into characterising the Abruzzo region of central Italy. Abruzzo is the most protected region in Italy, with 28% of its territory designated as park land: the Abruzzo National Park, the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Parks, the Majella National Park, and the Sirente-Velino Regional Park.
Among its interesting features are the ancient villages, which are often portrayed in the works of Escher, that famous artist of the impossible. The region is known for strong flavours and strong hospitality.
Peperoncino (hot red pepper) is used to flavour many dishes, and a favourite is pasta with aglio, olio, and Peperoncino (garlic, olive oil and hot red pepper), strong enough to burn a hole in the stomach. This first course is often followed with “agnello all’arrabbiata” (angry lamb) that can be heavy going for those not accustomed to such hot dishes.
Abruzzo is also sought out by horse lovers. With the adjoining region of Le Marche, it offers Italy’s longest horse-riding trail (the Ippovia Italia) of 840 kilometres which is equipped with staging posts for the horses and accommodation for the riders. At Campotosto lake, sporting types can canoe while nearby they can ski, rock climb and hang glide.
In our Accommodation in Abruzzo we feature and promote a wonderful hotel which is an amazing restoration project of the once abandoned village of Santo Stefano Di Sessanio. All the old methods and artisan techniques are being used on this unique project with beautiful results which you can view under Accommodation Santa Stefano. We can highly recommend staying in this exquisite place. Have a look.