La Bella Vita – is what you will find here in Abruzzo. This is the ‘real’ Italy. Beautiful hilltop villages, unspoilt seaside resorts, wonderful food and wine and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.
Whichever season you choose to visit there is always something new to see and do. During the spring the National parks are filled with wild flowers and the weather is mild, the summer brings high temperatures down at the coast but if you prefer cooler temperatures head for the mountains where you can stroll or hike through magnificent scenery and discover natural waterfalls and pools to cool your aching feet. Autumn is a spectacular time to visit because the area is full of forests and the colors are a photographers dream. Winter sports are also very popular here. Unlike the larger resorts in the Alps you will rarely find queues for the ski lifts so you can enjoy more time on the piste, the resorts here are among only a few where you can ski and have views of the coast on the way down.
If you are a lover of food and wine you will not be disappointed. Montepulciano D’Abruzzo is produced here along with many other varieties. Many of the wineries are small family run affairs but none the less produce delicious inexpensive wines, they are always happy to offer guided tours with some tasting afterwards of course. Pasta and meat lovers will also be in heaven. Lamb graze on mountain herbs so produce tender, sweet and ready seasoned meat; pasta is always homemade and exquisite.
One of the most memorable parts of your holiday however will be the people. They are extremely proud that people choose to visit the area, so the welcome here is one of warmth and kindness. Even if you only speak the very basics of Italian you could spend hours talking together with the help of your hands.
If you love peace, tranquility and good company you will be coming back here again and again.