"Abruzzo - the best kept Italian secret" Top 5 Page for this destination Abruzzo by juna71

Abruzzo Travel Guide: 291 reviews and 621 photos

Unspoilt, wild, dramatic, traditional region

Our love with Italy started in 2006 when we went to Florence with our then 2 year old. We were so impressed with gorgeous views, weather, gelato and friendliness that we have decided to ditch our all-inclusive habit and started looking for a place to spend our family holidays regularly.

Italy is obvious choice with lots of budget flights from London, best sightseeing and sea, beautiful language (we are both learning now) and fantastic food.

Abruzzo is a best choice for people seeking a piece of authentic Italy, peace, tranquility and nature.

You will be amazed what you will discover in this area - history and art, blue flag spotless beaches, famous turquoise water of Adriatic, wild mountain areas, abbeys and dramatic castles, Roman ruins and country walks, rolling hills with romantic olive groves and vineyards, famous Italian food, cappuccinos, shopping, modern ski resorts, cycling tours but most of all - the friendly people and typical Italian laid-back atmosphere.

Bomba - idyllic village in Abruzzo

Bomba is a lovely village, located just 25 km (18 miles) from the Adriatic sea and the all-important A14 (autostrada Adriatica, running from North to South of Italy). It lies at the heel of the Pallano mountain, famous for ruins of Pre-Roman settlement (Pallano itself is worth a visit, just for sake of views towards Majella mountains and Sangro Valley). Pay a visit to ethnographic museum, 16th century Baron Palace, Church of Santa Maria Del Popolo and the Sanctuary of San Mauro. Call in to the village square in a popular bar (you will need to learn some Italian here, remember "Un Altro" - means another one, after you tried some proper Italian coffee there). Historical centre is idyllic with cobblestoned streets, old steps leading to the town walls, pots of geranium on the balconies and old ladies greeting you as you walk by. It is very safe village, where people know each other and often leave their doors unlocked.

Now, if you do not wish to drive the car to get your pint of milk, or loaf of bread, or to pay your fine for parking illegally in the seaside resort of Vasto, you do not need to do that in Bomba. As you walk from our door to the street, turn left and walk along Via Roma and you will find: The present shop, the clothes shop, the greengrocer, pharmacy, flower shop, hairdresser, two corner shops/mini-markets, post office, cash machine, public park, upholstery shop. pizzeria (open in season only). There are a public swimming pool, football pitch and tennis courts all just 5 minutes walk from the centre.

For active holidays the village can offer trekking, watersports (canoe, pedalos etc), fishing in the lake, horse riding (there is a riding centre 5 min drive away from Bomba), cycling - we can recommend a bike hire place nearby at e10 per day.

Vasto - charming historic town and seaside resort

You have to visit this vibrant town just for sake of old cobblestone town centre with many historical churches, buildings and palace. The palace d'Avaloz is really grand, host archaeological museum and has most romantic Italian walled garden. There are good shopping and going our possibilities in town from biggish theatre to lovely sea food restaurants. The beach (Vasto Marina) is lively, shallow and ideal for those with young kids. Also Vasto Aqualand is one of the biggest water parks we have visited.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Tranquility, sea, food, friendly people
  • Cons:You must speak a bit of Italian!
  • In a nutshell:Abruzzo is the heart of Italy!
  • Last visit to Abruzzo: Oct 2011
  • Intro Written Jan 25, 2012
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    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Thank you for your suggestions, Anna!!! Yes, that sounds gorgeous and delicious! Haha, yes, real Italian food is something one cannot get anywhere else, no matter how much the Italian restaurants try.

    Thank you very very much for the additions! Grotte del Cavallone is now marked in my Google Earth planner and ... either this year or next year! Sounds fantastic!!!
    Please keep the Abruzzo tips coming!!!

    And you see - now that you have written the intro page - you are listed in the travel guide AND have a "5" next to it (Top 5) :-)

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