Suggested Itineraries:
  1. Sulmona + Scanno
  2. Sulmona + San Pelino + San Clemente
  3. L’Aquila + Bominaco
  4. Sulmona + San Venanzio + Wine Tasting in Vittorito
  5. Sulmona + Sanctuary Hercules Curino + Hermitage Sant’Onofrio
  6. Scanno + Abruzzo National Park

All the itineraries last one day.
It is also possible to combine different itineraries for more days.
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1. Sulmona + Scanno

Sulmona, important city of the Peligna Valley, city of Love, surrounded by the charming chains of the Morrone and the Maiella is waiting for you! Let’s visit a factory of sugared almonds, renowned all over the world and discover the different phases of their production, from the almond to the finished sugared almond, that today can also be signed by the newly-weds!!! Let’s walk in the main street of the city of Sulmona, corso Ovidio, and let’s admire the Cathedral of San Panfilo with its nice crypt and then, after a walk through the public gardens let’s stop in front of the charming building of the Santissima Annunziata, masterpiece of the art of Sulmona with its beautiful bell tower that proudly rises among the houses. We will arrive in piazza XX Settembre to admire the statue of the great poet born here in 47 B.C. Publius Ovidius Naso, known as Ovidio Nasone, to who the city of Sulmona is very tied up!!! We will continue to visit the Church of San Francesco della Scarpa, with its detached apse and piazza Garibaldi, former piazza Maggiore, with its splendid Swabian Aqueduct. Let’s admire from this square the beauty of the Morrone and Maiella mountains on the background!!! Let’s visit the church of Santa Maria della Tomba, that has the only intact rose window of the city, destroyed over the centuries by awful earthquakes. And let’s finish with Porta Napoli, splendid example of the Angevine architecture.

Scanno can be reached from Sulmona through the amazing Sagittario Gorges so loved by D’Annunzio who sets exactly in Anversa degli Abruzzi the tragedy “ La fiaccola sotto il moggio”. Sublime vision of an uncontaminated nature the Sagittario Gorges lead us first to the lake of Saint Dominic and then to the Scanno one. The landscape is enchanted: the lake, shaped like a heart is the only natural lake of Abruzzo, rises at 1,000 metres of altitude, reaches about 36 metres of depth and offers an unequalled relief during the hot summer days. We superate the lake and we see one of the most beautiful towns of Italy, Scanno, village of about 2,000 inhabitants but with a great tourist appeal both in summer and wintertime. Let’s have a walk in the old town, and observe the Church of Santa Maria della Valle, see the corners and alleys that attracted the lens of many photographers, even famous like Cartier-Bresson and Giacomelli. And let’s visit the Museum of Wool, the little Church of Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, observe the elegant palaces, let’s know the traditions, especially the goldsmith’s art, with the filigree and the “presentosa” working. We will surely meet an old lady with her traditional costume, let’s discover the ancient custom of the Scanno marriage the “Catenaccio” and if we want more, let’s taste the “Pan dell’ Orso” and the “Mostaccioli” (typical cake and biscuits)!!


2. Sulmona + San Pelino + San Clemente

Sulmona, important city of the Peligna Valley, city of Love, surrounded by the charming chains of the Morrone and the Maiella is waiting for you! Let’s visit a factory of sugared almonds, renowned all over the world and discover the different phases of their production, from the almond to the finished sugared almond, that today can also be signed by the newly-weds!!! Let’s walk in the main street of the city of Sulmona, corso Ovidio, and let’s admire the Cathedral of San Panfilo with its nice crypt and then, after a walk through the public gardens let’s stop infront of the charming building of the Santissima Annunziata, masterpiece of the art of Sulmona with its beautiful bell tower that proudly rises among the houses. We will arrive in piazza XX Settembre to admire the statue of the great poet born here in 47 B.C. Publius Ovidius Naso, known as Ovidio Nasone, to who the city of Sulmona is very tied up!!! We will continue to visit the Church of San Francesco della Scarpa, with its detached apse and piazza Garibaldi, former piazza Maggiore, with its splendid Swabian Aqueduct. Let’s admire from this square the beauty of the Morrone and Maiella mountains on the background!!! Let’s visit the church of Santa Maria della Tomba, that has the only intact rose window of the city, destroyed over the centuries by awful earthquakes. And let’s finish with Porta Napoli, splendid example of the Angevine architecture.

In the area of the glory of the ancient Corfinium, capital of the Italic League, next to the “Morroni”, funeral monuments close to the Tiburtina Valeria, let’s visit the Church of Saint Pelino, beautiful example of Abruzzo’s Romanesque. Let’s admire, amazed, the beauty of the ambo, tracing back to the “casauriense style”. We continue on our way towards the territory of Castiglione a Casauria to admire San Clemente, fusion of Romanesque and French influences, especially Cistercian. There we will admire the splendid portal with the carved history of the abbey and we will enter to admire the splendid ambo, the candelabrum and the ciborium. We should not forget to visit the crypt below and admire the outside of the apses.


3. L’Aquila + Bominaco

The capital of Abruzzo is at an altitude of only 700 metres but its temperatures are so harsh that we have 11 months of cold and 1 of coolness!!! Surrounded by the panorama of the Gran Sasso chain, l’Aquila has a great importance in the history and culture of the Region. Founded in 1294 by Frederick II of Swabia, keeps the wonderful fountain of the 99 spouts, the beautiful Church of San Bernardino da Siena, the Cathedral dedicated to San Massimo, a beautiful Spanish Fort built in the wake of Sant’Elmo in Naples and, above all, the wonderful Santa Maria di Collemaggio, built by Pope Celestine V, where stands the mausoleum with its mortal remains, theatre of the solemn opening of the Saint Door on the evening of the 28th of August on the occasion of the “Perdonanza Celestiniana”.

While driving along the road of the Navelli Plateau, place famous for the saffron growing, noting the beautiful churches of the sheep-tracks on both sides, like the Church of Santa Maria dei Cintorelli, let’s penetrate towards Caporciano and we will arrive in a paradise of spirituality, a place of absolute silence, Bominaco and there we will visit the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria Assunta and the Oratory of San Pellegrino, evidences of the monks of Bominaco who lived here and left us a strong emotion with the frescoes of 1300 dedicated to San Pellegrino in the oratory, works of the Master of Childhood, the Master of the Passion and the Miniaturist Master, who made the famous calendar of Bominaco.


4. Sulmona + San Venanzio + Wine Tasting in Vittorito

Sulmona, important city of the Peligna Valley, city of Love, surrounded by the charming chains of the Morrone and the Maiella is waiting for you! Let’s visit a factory of sugared almonds, renowned all over the world and discover the different phases of their production, from the almond to the finished sugared almond, that today can also be signed by the newly-weds!!! Let’s walk in the main street of the city of Sulmona, corso Ovidio, and let’s admire the Cathedral of San Panfilo with its nice crypt and then, after a walk through the public gardens let’s stop in front of the charming building of the Santissima Annunziata, masterpiece of the art of Sulmona with its beautiful bell tower that proudly rises among the houses. We will arrive in piazza XX Settembre to admire the statue of the great poet born here in 47 B.C. Publius Ovidius Naso, known as Ovidio Nasone, to who the city of Sulmona is very tied up!!! We will continue to visit the Church of San Francesco della Scarpa, with its detached apse and piazza Garibaldi, former piazza Maggiore, with its splendid Swabian Aqueduct. Let’s admire from this square the beauty of the Morrone and Maiella mountains on the background!!! Let’s visit the church of Santa Maria della Tomba, that has the only intact rose window of the city, destroyed over the centuries by awful earthquakes. And let’s finish with Porta Napoli, splendid example of the Angevine architecture.

On our way towards Raiano we will visit one of the most impressive hermitages of Abruzzo, the hermitage of San Venanzio, set in the rock where, below, the Aterno river flowes rapidly. Let’s visit the small church in that enchanted place and let’s go down to the cave where San Venanzio used to rest. He’s known like the Saint child because he died when he was very young and he’s celebrated every 18th May. If we keep going we will reach the small town of Vittorito, land par excellence of vine growing, where we are going to visit one of the biggest wineries keeping barrels among the most ancient of all central and southern Italy. We can taste the Montepulciano D’ Abruzzo, the Cerano, the Trebbiano and much more.


5. Sulmona + Sanctuary Hercules Curino + Hermitage Sant’Onofrio

Sulmona, important city of the Peligna Valley, city of Love, surrounded by the charming chains of the Morrone and the Maiella is waiting for you! Let’s visit a factory of sugared almonds, renowned all over the world and discover the different phases of their production, from the almond to the finished sugared almond, that today can also be signed by the newly-weds!!! Let’s walk in the main street of the city of Sulmona, corso Ovidio, and let’s admire the Cathedral of San Panfilo with its nice crypt and then, after a walk through the public gardens let’s stop in front of the charming building of the Santissima Annunziata, masterpiece of the art of Sulmona with its beautiful bell tower that proudly rises among the houses. We will arrive in piazza XX Settembre to admire the statue of the great poet born here in 47 B.C. Publius Ovidius Naso, known as Ovidio Nasone, to who the city of Sulmona is very tied up!!! We will continue to visit the Church of San Francesco della Scarpa, with its detached apse and piazza Garibaldi, former piazza Maggiore, with its splendid Swabian Aqueduct. Let’s admire from this square the beauty of the Morrone and Maiella mountains on the background!!! Let’s visit the church of Santa Maria della Tomba, that has the only intact rose window of the city, destroyed over the centuries by awful earthquakes. And let’s finish with Porta Napoli, splendid example of the Angevine architecture.

At the foot of the Morrone mountain stands one of the most important Italic evidences of our region, the Sanctuary of Hercules Curino, the place where the chiefs of the people of the Italic League took an oath against Rome in the social war in the far 89 B.C. It remains, in addition to the archaeological ruins, a beautiful sacellum with a mosaic of the I century A.D. that can be easily seen. By climbing up in a mountain path we arrive to the hermitage of Sant’ Onofrio, at about 600 metres of altitude, the place where brother Pietro da Morrone received the news of his papal crowning with the name of Celestine V, known like the “pope of the Great Refusal”. It is still possible to see the cell where Pietro da Morrone used to sleep and the original frescoes of his time. No need to say that from this hermitage you can enjoy a wonderful panorama over the peligna valley!!!


6. Scanno + Abruzzo National Park

Scanno can be reached from Sulmona through the amazing Sagittario Gorges so loved by D’Annunzio who sets exactly in Anversa degli Abruzzi the tragedy “ La fiaccola sotto il moggio”. Sublime vision of an uncontaminated nature the Sagittario Gorges lead us first to the lake of Saint Dominic and then to the Scanno one. The landscape is enchanted: the lake, shaped like a heart is the only natural lake of Abruzzo, rises at 1,000 metres of altitude, reaches about 36 metres of depth and offers an unequalled relief during the hot summer days. We superate the lake and we see one of the most beautiful towns of Italy, Scanno, village of about 2,000 inhabitants but with a great tourist appeal both in summer and wintertime. Let’s have a walk in the old town, and observe the Church of Santa Maria della Valle, see the corners and alleys that attracted the lens of many photographers, even famous like Cartier-Bresson and Giacomelli. And let’s visit the Museum of Wool, the little Church of Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, observe the elegant palaces, let’s know the traditions, especiallythe goldsmith’s art, with the filigree and the “presentosa” working. We will surely meet an old lady with her traditional costume, let’s discover the ancient custom of the Scanno marriage the “Catenaccio” and if we want more, let’s taste the “Pan dell’ Orso” and the “Mostaccioli” (typical cake and biscuits)!!

From Scanno let’s go to the Abruzzo National Park, towards Villetta Barrea through the Godi Pass at about 1,600 metres of altitude. Let’s visit the picturesque towns of Barrea, Villetta Barrea and Civitella Alfedena, pilot towns of the Park. Let’s spend some hours walking inside the Camosciara path until the Ninfee fall, in a path full of beech-trees and enchanted places. Let’s visit then Pescasseroli, operations centre of the National Park and let’s go to the Tourist Centre, where we will be able to see the typical animals of the Park, like the Bear, the Deer, the Roe Deer even if, unfortunately, they are not healthy and this is why they are forced to live in cages. Let’s visit also the nearby Museum of the Park.

 


Lago di Scanno

Sulmona (Ovidio)

Eremo Celestino V

Sulmona (Acquedotto)

San Clemente

L'Aquila (Collemaggio)

Eremo San Venanzio

Santo Stefano di Sessanio

Parco Maiella

Villalago (San Domenico)

Pacentro

Rovine di Ercole Curino

Rocca Calascio

Lago di Barrea

Sulmona (La Giostra)

Sulmona (La Pasqua)

Manoppello (Volto Santo)

Popoli (Castello)

Popoli (Certame)

Pettorano (Castello)

(Riserva Naturale - Popoli)