Abruzzo: land of wines, wild landscapes, rolling hills, rugged mountains and pristine sea. Today I will take you on a sustainable journey to discover this region, the green heart of Italy, capable of surprising for the richness of the landscapes, the magic of its ancient villages and its ancient traditions.
In a land so rich in history and nature as Abruzzo, there is always something to do and see, that you decide to spend in the region just a weekend or an entire holiday. For this time, which will be the first but certainly not the last, we will explore some of the many jewels that Abruzzo can give us, visiting in particular the province of Chieti for a green weekend.
Chieti, one of the oldest cities in Italy
According to legend founded by Achilles, who named it Teate in honor of his mother, Chieti retains all the wonder and magic of the Roman and medieval times.
Chieti is a small monumental city, surrounded by woodland, which contains numerous exquisitely Italian beauties. It is a perfect destination for a sustainable holiday; its evocative alleys, the Roman Amphitheater and the whole Archaeological Park, the ancient and solemn Cathedral of San Giustino, Piazza Gian Battista Vico and all the other wonders of the town can be discovered calmly and slowness, on foot.
Pollutri, an ancient and charming village
Pollutri represents the most relaxed and ancient soul of the region. The ancient village, which has maintained its typically medieval structure, surprises with its characteristic arcade, the striking stairways and its many blind alleys. Here life flows slower, perhaps in a more authentic way.
Wood of Don Venanzio Nature Reserve, one of the last plain woods
A few minutes from the village of Pollutri, there is the wood of Don Venanzio, one of the last patches of the Adriatic plain forest. It is a destination suitable for everyone, perfect for relaxing in nature. The paths of the reserve allow you to enter the woods, reaching charming corners and discovering trees that reach 25 meters in height and footsteps of foxes and badgers.
Food and flavors of Abruzzo
As its territory and its culture are varied, the cuisine of Abruzzo has so many souls. Traditional and tasty dishes, a peasant cuisine, up to the maritime cuisine, rich in flavor: all made with quality raw materials, coming from this generous land. Among the typical products of the region there is the red garlic of Sulmona, Caciocavallo cheese of Pescocostanzo and the chickpea of Navelli (Slow Food Presidium). Who passes through these areas can not leave before having tasted the typical arrosticini.
Where to sleep in Abruzzo
For those looking for a place to sleep in Abruzzo, which is environmentally friendly but that is also something more, the B&B Abruzzo nel cuore is definitely the perfect destination. The hosts, Annarita and Andrea are always available to guests to accompany them to the discovery of the places and flavors of Abruzzo, sharing knowledge and stories.
The house is made entirely of wood, nestled in the countryside of Pollutri, and has solar panels for hot water and photovoltaic panels to generate the energy. The garden is irrigated by rainwater recovered in recycled tanks. Your stay in this place will have a very low environmental impact.
Abruzzo is a region that allows you to swim at the sea and climb the highest peak of the Apennines in a single day, it is a rich territory that knows how to surprise in every corner. Certainly a weekend is not enough to discover its mountains, its trabucchi, its thousand-year-old culture, its immense parks. For today we wanted to tell you about some little known gems, but soon we will return to Abruzzo to talk about all that it has to offer.