Life in Abruzzo Food & Travel Guide

All about Abruzzo food & travel in a cherry-picked fashion

Castles & Archaeological

Roccascalegna – Abruzzo’s Castle in the Sky

Roccascalegna from a distance looks like a giant witch’s cloak rising up from the lush surrounding floor trying to break free of the Majella fencing it in

The Bourbons Last Bastion Against Unification in Abruzzo

The fortress at Civitella del Tronto, Italy’s highest fort and the last Bourbon bastion against Italian Unification that fell 20 March 1861

Castello Piccolomini, a Museum & The Lost Lake

Castello Piccolomini’s quadrangular towers are one of those “can’t miss” sights as you drive around Abruzzo, worth a pop in especially its Marsica Museum

Rocca Calascio’s Winter Treat

Rocca Calascio’s crenelated turrets are particularly good to ramble around in Winter, when the snow & soft low light warms its grey stone bones

Medieval Fragments & Lunch The Orsini Would Have Approved

For those that like to time travel, Albe Vecchia, Alba Fucens medieval neighbour is an opportunity to hop through the feudal remains of the Orsini Family

Alba Fucens – Rome’s Abruzzo Strategic Heart

Unlike so many of its famous cousins, Alba Fucens roman ruins allow you the freedom of being alone as you clamber & your imagination to fully run riot.

Tholoi – More than Stones in Abruzzo’s Clouds

Take a road trip up into any of the high pastures in Abruzzo’s Majella, Gran Sasso & northern Mount Fiori mountains & you start counting the Tholoi

Capestrano Castle Capers

The fortified market town of Capestrano is probably every Italian model town maker’s dream with lofty castle set in Abruzzo’s largest national park

The Silence of Ocre Castle, L’Aquila

Termocrìs is Old Greek for rugged, from which the ruined Abruzzo town & Castle of Ocre derives its name. A perfectly apt description…

Rocca Calascio – a Fort Worth a Walk to

A short drive from one of our favourite places, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, is one of the oldest standing forts in Italy, the spectacular Rocca Calascio

Civitella del Tronto & Fortezza

Civitella del Tronto, a 16th century town that grew up at the time of the Spanish domination of the area, around the magnificent Bourbon fortress