AIRPORT - 30 MINS
BEACH - 35 MINS
SKIING - 45 MINS
ROME - 2HRS 30 MINS
Situated in the idilic vine and olive clad hills of Abruzzo, Pescara, it is an ideal base to explore all the treasures of this wonderful region. Nestling between the Gran Sasso mountain range and the miles of sandy beaches, offering you the best of both worlds. Abruzzo offers the best of Italy, rich in history, nature, culture and cuisine.
Airport - 30 mins
Beaches - 35 mins
Skiing - 40 mins
Rome - 2hrs 3o mins
The villa is situated on the fringe of the peacefull village of Vicoli. Perfectly positioned, just a short walk from all the village and its ameneties but also retaining privacy and the feel of the countryside.
Vicoli is a quite, tranquil and friendly village. It is a delight for both sightseers delight or those seeking a total relaxation getaway. It has a bar, a shop selling groceries, doctors, a chemist, hairdressers, a post office, a gym and a small park with a fountain. There are also some very helpful English speakers in the town.
The area is very popular with hikers and bikers, due to the spectacular and varied terrain.
The old village of Vicoli, a short distance from the main village, is a historic example of how people used to live and has undergone a recent restoration. It is a 'must see' and only a short walk away.
There is also a small nature park situated on the river Nora, with a waterfall and plenty of benches and tables for picnics under the shade of the trees.
The village 'festa' is usually on the 16th and 17th of August where the whole village and people from the surrounding areas come together and celebrate. There a procession, stalls, spectacular fireworks display, music, eating and drinking. Not to be missed.
The area is noted for the quality of its olive oil which can be bought from locals or direct from the press. You can also visit the many vineyards that sell direct to the public and sample some world renown Montelpuciano d'Abruzzo.
A short 5 minute drive to many of the surrounding villages (San Vincenzo, Catignano, Civitaquana, Civitella Casanova, Carpineto della Nora) which all have local amenities and very good restaurants.
San Vincenzo, a fraction of Vicoli, is 3 minutes away, has an excellent a pizzeria where a family of 4 would pay approximately 40-50 euros including wine and dessert. There is also an agriturismo which has a swimming pool, farm animals and fantastic home cooked local food on Sunday luchtime (booking advisable).
It is a 5 minute drive to the village of Civitella Casanova which has a Sunday market, an open air public swimming pool and some great restaurants.
5 minutes away is Catignano, which has a Monday market and a large fishing lake. Both villages have daily amenities.
There are lots of restaurants in the surrounding area which offer quality local dishes at a reasonable price.
From Pineto (pine fronted beache) to Montesilvano to Pescara to Francavilla, the long ten-mile stretches of wide, clean and sandy beaches, superb food and wine, explain why it is a favourite vacation getaway among Italian travelers seeking to enjoy beach-side relaxation.
South of Francavilla the beaches are less populated and if you are willing to explore you can find small isolated beaches.
Vasto, about an hour south of the airport at Pescara. The old town overlooks a long sandy beach, a short walk down the hill from the centre and a clutch of low-rise hotels. A little further up the coast, past the lighthouse at Punta Penna, is another, even quieter, beach, by a nature reserve at Punta Aderci.
San Vito Chietino, south of Vasto, sits high up overlooking the delightful beach, glistening waters and the many fabulous seafood restaurants. The beach itself is mainly sandy.
A short distance further south is Fossacesia, similare to San Vito, the town sits higher up and you can see the Abbey of San Giovanni from the coastal road. The beaches here are pebbles with beautiful clear water.
From Vasto to Fossacesia you can also see trabocchi, curious wooden contraptions used by local fishermen to catch fish - mainly prawns - without getting into the water. Some have even been transformed into restaurants
If you want to escape the clutches of the beach you can adventure into the mountains, steeped in history and nature.
There are two mountain ranges to explore, the Gran Sasso and the Majella, both with varying characteristics. This area was established as a National Park in 1923, Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, to protect nature and to save certain wild animals from extinction. It’s the ideal place to spend pleasant days in close contact with nature and to admire uncontaminated landscapes, a rich flora and varied fauna. It is here that certain species such as the Marsican brown bear (40 bears), golden eagle, Apennine wolf, deer, otter and chamois have found refuge and their habitat amongst remote valleys and inaccessible mountains.
There are plenty castles and historic villages to explore, many of which perched on the mountain side.
There are also several ski reorsts, Roccaraso being the most popular.