Casa dei Papaveri has been recently renovated to a high standard. The comfortable accommodation is complemented by vaulted ceilings and typical characteristics of an Italian villa in Abruzzo. Sitting in its own ground behind locked gates, the vast terrace offers a great area for relaxing and admiring the panoramic views. Dine al fresco in the evening lit by the romantic lights of Capestrano or watch the sunrise over the Gran Sasso mountains. Two sets of patio tables and chairs and deckchairs are available for your use as well as a large BBQ. The kitchen/diner is fully equipped with a large cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer. It also has a log fire for those chilly evenings. There is a telephone and w-ifi.The sitting room has two comfortable large leather sofas together with Sky TV, DVD player, CD player, books and board games. Each of the three double bedrooms has its own bathroom or shower room. One double has a single sofa bed and a twin bedroom leading off suitable for families.
Capestrano is located very conveniently for sightseeing, hiking, mountain bilking, paragliding, diving, canoeing, swimming and pony trekking. There is a public pool with good facilities only 3km away and a riding stables nearby. There is a wolf sanctuary just outside Popoli, promoting Abruzzo's deserved title of the 'greenest region of Europe'.
Piazza del Mercato is within walking distance of the villa and has two grocery stores, butchers, chemist and florist. There are mobile fruit and veg stalls most days and a fish van on Wednesdays. There is a weekly market on a Friday.
The Piazza also has a Gelateria and Bar and there are several good restaurants only a short drive away. All details of these facilities are listed in the Information Guide at the villa.
If you are looking to escape the stresses of life for a few days then Capestrano in Abruzzo is the ideal getaway offering a taste of the real Italy away from the usual tourist hotspots. Capestrano is a pretty hilltop town overlooking the Tirino valley surrounded by the mountains of the Gran Sasso, ideally situated for exploring the National Parks or the sandy beaches of the Adriatic. Capestrano offers plenty of historic interest in its medieval and renaissance architecture and medieval fortifications can still be seen in the ruins of the old city wall. Piccolomini Castle is the highest point in Capestrano and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. There are 21 ski slopes in the area within easy reach. Roccarasso is the largest, host to European competitions, and includes facilities such as an ice rink and health centre. Tourist attractions nearby include Roccacalascio and Castel del Monte where 'The American' was filmed starring George Clooney. Various local festivals throughout summer months such as Chick Pea festival in Navelli and Lentil festival in Santa Stefano. Sulmona hosts a jousting competition in August. Various local markets offer a wide range of fresh fruit and veg, jewellery, shoes and clothing. There really is something in this area for everyone.
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