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Aragno – an Abruzzo hotchpotch medieval village

by Sam Dunham

Aragno Poppies(Papavero)

Our June roadtrip from to was one of those experiences when the journey is better than the destination.

We had looked up this little medieval Abruzzo town located 1067masl, just 12km outside L’Aquila in the midst of the , and been promised 6 ancient fountains and a Cardinal’s house, and chapel of the “Madonnella”, all which sounded quirky enough to pay a visit to.   What we found on arrival was a hotch-potch of largely disused houses unless you count them being used for the animals, peeling paint and old balconies (turning the most intriguing colours), sheep skulls.

If you are an architect and want to get dirty with medieval building techniques – this place is worth a visit for sure – it’s great too for the contrast of textures and fading colours if you are into that sort of thing for your .   We failed to find the fountains (possibly through lack of endeavour on our part), though we did find a cattle water trough.

However, the journey there was a beautiful surprise! Having taken the Assergi exit off the A24 and headed down through Assergi and Camarda, a small road off to the right took us through rolling fields of bedazzling red , an incredible sight and well worth a visit for this alone.   It’s the best array of and Apennine flowers that we have seen in Abruzzo, so if you are an artist or photographer it’s not to be missed. Best times of the year to make this Abruzzo road journey is mid-May to mid-June before they cut the wheat and of course the too.

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Poppy – Papavero

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Janet Riben

Hello there! Also an Abruzzo resident in village of Tussillo south of L'Aquila. Loved reading all this. One town I really love is Fontecchio further down the Aterno valley from us and they have a local restaurant "Ristorante del Rio" I believe it's called. They have a delicious spaghetti with saffron and Zucchini. Place is filled every time I go so obviously appreciated by the locals. Prices extremely good. Paid 16€ for a wonderful meal.


Hi Marilyn I am afraid I can't help you out on the groceries as we get practically all the food we need delivered straight to the village from the local bakers/farmers/fishmongers etc who run round the hill & mountain villages daily and very conveniently (ha next time you'll have to rent our little holiday cottage!). We are about a 20 minute drive away from Teramo centre itself, if you aren't right in the centre perhaps ask the cottage owner if they have a similar delivery thing with the local farmers etc visiting which you can take advantage of… as you'd… Read more »

Marilynne Adair
Marilynne Adair

Not so much a comment as getting some advice. We will be coming to Teramo Town/City in Abruzzo in October,2008. This is our first visit to Italy and are really looking forward to it. We will be renting a cottage/house in Teramo and would like some information/advice on where to shop for groceries, local restaurants. What we should see and do during our week stay. Any advice or information would be most helpful. Thank you so much.