DISCOVERY TOUR.

Discovery the Art and the Gastronomy of Loreto Aprutino

Loreto Aprutino is one of the oldest types of ity settlements that were generally for urban areas located on hills overlookin surrounding area. The old city centre of Loreto Aprutino has typical defensive characteristics and was built around the Castle and the church of San Pietro. The original centre was built on the upper hill in the 9th – 11th century, with the lower hill developments following in the 13th & 14th century. The tour will start in the historical centre of Loreto where you will visit the Chiola Castle that is really a prestigious Hotel. In front of it, at the end of the road, there is the mother Church of San Pietro. Inside there is a chapel dedicate to the Patron Saint of the town. Near to the Church is the Museo Acerbo della Ceramiche di Castelli – the excellent Ceramics collection on display in the rooms designed by the famous architect Palladini in the private gallery of Baron Giacomo Acerbo. It features more than 570 ceramic pieces including ancient plates, amphorae, & vases dating back to the golden period of the Castelli school from the early 16th century. Outside of Loreto is the elegant church of Santa Maria in Piano. It is the most interesting monument of Loreto Aprutino for its unique and extraordinary fresco cycles. In the counterfacade of the church is characterised by an original painting: last judgement. The tour will end with a Oil tasting and the typical products in one of many farms in the area.

Gran Sasso Tour

A breathtaking day trip to the eerie peaks of the Apennine range with a lunch stop-over. From this point, at the top of the highest mountain in Italy, you can gaze west to the Mediterranean and east to the Adriatic. You will visit the ancient old town centres on Gran Sasso, with their Medieval atmosphere intact like: Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Rocca Calascio with its splendid fort and Castel del Monte. During the way you will stop in Campo Imperatore and to look at the magnificent views and have a coffee break. Then onto Castel Del Monte and then to Santo Stefano di Sessiano, an impressive medieval town in the Gran Sasso which is dominated by an austere castle that, started in 1579 belonged to the Medici family of Florence. The trip will then take you through the most unspoilt scenery to Rocca Calascio which is located at a height of 4750 feet/1470 meters at the top of the Gran Sasso Mountains. Rocca Calascio is overlooked by the ruins of its castle, an ancient fortified tower whose origins go back to the early middle ages. This splendid medieval centre has been the location for many films such as ‘Lady Hawke’ with Michelle Pfeiffer, and is in the heart of the Gran Sasso National Park, an area known not only for its natural beauty but also for archaeological sites and historic settlements. At Rocca Calascio you will eat in a typical restaurant that serves simple, hearty food like Chitarra pasta, gnocchi, zuppa di legumi, wild boar, hare and lamb from the region. After lunch we walk up of the top of the fortress and look the wonderful view. Return back

The Coast of Trabocchi.

Trabocchi are old stilt constructions suspended above the sea for fishing and are a predominant feature on a large section of the southern Abruzzo coastline. This trip will take a drive down the Adriatic coast and will give an opportunity to see these wonderful fishermen’s platforms whose method of construction is unique to the region, there will be an opportunity to sightsee, take photos and walk along these unspoilt beaches. We will visit the city of Marina di San Vito and Fossacesia. The marina is dominated by the lovely old centre of San Vito Chietino, set above the Adriatic; this seaside resort is a charming and quiet locality. The little town is perfect for a quiet beach day: a niche away from the hustle and bustle of the big busy resorts. Beyond San Vito Marina we find Fossacesia Marina, a small fishing village famous for its distinctive trabocchi. The hill of the city is dominated by the lovely Cistercian abbey of San Giovanni inVenere, which overlooks the sea in a truly enviable position. At Fossacesia we will eat a good tasty fish dishes.

The town of Castelli (Teramo)

Castelli is situated at the foot of the northern face of Monte Camicia. In spite of its wild mountain scenery, this centre is situated at a moderate height, and is surrounded by an agricultural countryside dotted with farmhouses. The town is a small and few people live here, but for centuries it has been important because of its ceramics, much appreciated both in Italy and Europe. Ceramics were already being produced here in the 12th century but it was from the renaissance onwards that Castelli produced a high quality product with special iconography and colourings: orange, yellow and blue. We will visit the historical centre of Castelli and the Church of San Donato famous for its roof in ceramics infact it is called “The Sistine Chapel of Majolica”. The Museum of Pottery and S. Donato are not, however, the only items of interest at Castelli. Do not miss a visit to the workshop, where artistic ceramics are still today produced.

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