Places to Stay
In this section we describe hotels which we like very much. We introduce the first selection from our collection. We did our best to find the most interesting hotels of different types and prices.
The Castello Chiola Hotel ****
The Castello Chiola Hotel is a genuine medieval castle, built in 864. In 1870-1995, it belonged to the noble family of Chiola. The legend has it that the medieval philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) stayed in the castle and wrote here a novel «Il Miracolo delle Rose». In bygone days, along with living apartments there were also a prison, hospital and military barracks. Today the castle heartily welcomes guests who wish to relax in an oasis of tranquility, nature and history.
The castle stands on the top of a hill which dominates the charming medieval town of Loreto Aprutino, located between the National Park of Gran Sasso and the Adriatic Sea. After the complete renovation carried out in cooperation with the Department of Fine Arts (Intendenza delle Belle Arti) and the European Union, Castello Chiola was turned into a prestigious four-star hotel.
From the terrace of the hotel, which is called the «balcony of Abruzzo», you can admire a fascinating panorama of surrounding hills, mountains and the coastline. The Castello Chiola is a perfect stage for special occasions both of formal and private nature. It has three elegant halls that can accommodate up to 170 guests. The place perfectly fits for a prestigious conference as well as a romantic wedding ceremony.
In former times and up to the 13th century the castle’s wine cellar served as a place to treat ordinary travelers (pilgrims, soldiers, etc.). They were given wine, bread and fruit, so that they could refresh themselves after a long journey. Now the cellar is turned into an elegant restaurant «Il Celliere», which is famous for its cuisine in the best gastronomic traditions of Abruzzo.
Information and pictures by the courtesy of Castello Chiola Hotel.
Village Camping Europe Garden ****
The Village Camping Europe Garden is located near the town of Silvi in the shade of 400 secular olive trees, between green hills and the blue sea. It boasts one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea in the Abruzzo region. It provides a wonderful, relaxing holiday in close touch with nature near the marvelous Adriatic coast.
Holiday Village offers a wide selection of accommodation: apartments in a new hotel building (residence), small brick houses, modern furnished bungalows and mobile houses (cabins). The camping presents full freedom to choose a dietary pattern, ranging from full board to self-catering. The camping has a restaurant, bar, pizzeria and minimarket with local dishes and excellent Abruzzian and Italian wines.
The camping disposes a large private sand beach well-equipped with a bar and restaurant and a free shuttle-bus. There are also two swimming pools with whirlpool massage. The Village proposes a wide range of activities including mini-club, games-park, aerobics, tennis, ping-pong, volleyball, archery, bowls, football, Wi-Fi and an Internet point.
From the Camping you can easily visit Pescara, the Renaissance City of Atri, the natural reserve «Calanchi di Atri» or go for tasting in surrounding agricultural firms.
Information and pictures by the courtesy of the Village Camping Europe Garden.
The Thermal Hotel La Réserve *****
The hotel is situated in the heart of the National Park of Maiella, which is rich in forests and curative waters. It is favorably located in hills above the beautiful medieval city of Caramanico Terme. The modern building is harmoniously inserted into the architectonics of the Maiella mountain. The luxurious five-star hotel gently muffles its guests in the relaxing atmosphere of peace and comfort. The hotel positions itself as a Benessere center. This concept has many senses and generally means spiritual and physical well-being. Treatments proposed by La Réserve are based on thermal waters «La Salute» and «Gisella» with high sulfur content. They possess anti-inflammatory, anti-respiratory and anti-rheumatic effects.
The hotel disposes 72 spacious rooms equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar and telephone.
The hotel has all the necessary infrastructure for business meetings: namely a spacious conference hall for 120 guests and comfortable meeting rooms for 15 persons.
Information and pictures by the courtesy of the La Réserve Hotel.
Le Magnolie Farm House
Le Magnolie Farm House is located on a picturesque hill at 300 m above sea level. The old estate offers a breathtaking panorama of the Gran Sasso mountains with the famous silhouette of the Sleeping Beauty (La bella addormentata). For only this reason it is worth spending a couple of days here. Moreover, the farm produces an excellent olive oil (extra virgin), which has a quality certificate DOP Aprutino Pescarese. The olive plantation covers an area of 11 hectares and counts 4,200 olive trees. The agricultural farm produces environmentally friendly products which are certified and monitored by the local agricultural department. It also produces cereals, vegetables, honey and saffron.
The farm has a degustation and meeting rooms and several apartments for tourists.
The Mountain Lodge Rifugio della Rocca
Romantic ruins of the medieval castle Rocca Calascio are situated at an altitude of 1,460 meters above sea level. The castle’s silhouette hovers in the sky over the high plateau of Campo Imperatore. In former times the castle was surrounded by a village, which was completely integrated with it. Local residents left the village in the middle of the twentieth century after a devastating earthquake. In 1995, there appeared the first family of enthusiasts, who took up the restoration of dilapidated buildings. The lodge is located in the building of 14th century; it has been completely reconstructed and furnished in a traditional country style. There are already a restaurant, a small concert hall and several apartments in separate houses.
A romantic movie «Lady Hawk» was shot in the castle of Rocca Calascio. In the evenings, the ruins are beautifully illuminated by searchlights. The castle often hosts festivals and concerts of classic music.
You can view a slideshow about the castle of Rocca Calascio and the Lodge Rifugio della Rocca in our media-gallery.