Travel across the amazing landscapes of the Subequan valley. The narrow roads surrounded by rocks, along the clean waters of the river Aterno and the suggestive villages introduce to the medieval nature of that area. Arrive in Gagliano and visit the local castle. Experience the same breathtaking view that dozens of local generations experienced throughout the centuries, enclosed within walls that date back to the 14th century. Later proceed through the rest of the Subequan valley at the end of which the majestic panoramic road to Calascio begins. When arriving at this small, once abandoned, but now restored settlement, have lunch in a traditional inn. Feel like being brought back to the year 1300. Rocca Calascio, the stronghold at the top of the hill, was the scene set for several movies like “Lady Hawk” and “The name of the Rose”. It is the highest point of the journey, at almost 1500 metres, above the sea level. Due to its position, the edge of the landscape on a clear day can be as far as 100 kilometres revealing the main peaks of the highest mountains of Abruzzo. Moving to the last part of the day, descend back towards the bottom of the valley reaching the town of Capestrano. Visit then one of the best preserved castles of the region. The castle underwent several renovations over its almost 1000 years of existence, developing from a single watch tower during middle age into the superb structure we can admire today. It represents the main attraction of this lovely little village also due to its extremely central position, in the main square of Capestrano. With the castle in sight refresh with an aperitif in the main square of the village. Later proceed to a local farm to table restaurant to enjoy an exclusive dinner based on ancient ingredients, grapes and recipes. Experience the flavours that marked that territory for hundreds of years.
The day begins with a comfortable motorway route to Celano, a beautiful medieval town laying at the base of mount Velino, with one of the best preserved castles of Abruzzo. The “Piccolomini” castle in Celano represents indeed the perfect example of medieval architecture. Due to its position, close to the now dried-up Fucino lake, it hosts a fantastic collection of artifacts coming from the shores of the old lake. Visit the castle and learn more about the various development stages of the territory, from the italic tribes to the noble families that governed that fertile land of Abruzzo. After the visit, return to Sulmona for a free time. Explore the town during a traditional saturday morning with the historical market taking place. This is a weekly colourful event that has been taking place for centuries in the main Garibaldi square. Lunch at leisure with the possibility to follow our advices on several quality options in town. Later, join a local guide and after a short drive arrive in Pacentro, officially listed as one of the most beautiful italian villages. Visit the village and the scenic Caldora castle that has been recently restored and given back to the public. Climb up the stairs of one of the iconic watching towers and enjoy the most beautiful observation point of the Peligna valley. After having experienced an astonishing view, dine in a local inn to enjoy the local traditional recipes remained intact throughout the years.
The last day of the tour begins with a breathtaking route across mountains with the sea as its final destination. Arrive after an amazing scenic journey to the little village of Fara San Martino which is famous for hosting some of the best pasta makers factory in Italy, including De Cecco. Start a short but extremely picturesque walk through a narrow canyon and bare rocks to reach the ravined benedectine abbey of San Martino. Visit this unique site carved from the same rocks that dominate the narrow passage. After this immersion in nature and history have a light lunch in the nearby village. Later continue to Roccascalegna. This location is one of the most photographed and legendary castles of Abruzzo. The unique architecture, the physics-defying way the castle was built, the defensive walls and the tricks they used to make the structure and its inhabitants completely self-sufficient evokes a total medieval atmosphere. Discover all the secrets and the old legends that made this castle famous well over the regional borders already back in the 15th century. Then drive to the Adriatic coast and relax in the suggestive town of Vasto. Spend the evening relaxing with an astonishing panorama and an exquisite typical dinner from the Abruzzo seaside. Come back to Sulmona and stay overnight.
Hotel checkout and farewell.