|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Romantic, scenic, historic delicious Italy is all contained within Abruzzo's boarders. And Guesthouse Casa da Carmine is the perfect place from which to explore Abruzzo's ample natural riches: lounge on specactular beaches, participate in the entertainment of localfestivals, climb rugged and mezmerizing mountains, eat REAL pizza and fresh fish from the local fish wagon, visit unique museums, ruins, and indigle your shopping urges with hand-made crafts. You'll be able to slip into the rythm of authentic everyday life: Sip espresso from the terrace of the Bar Lanterna gazing at the majestic Gran Sasso mountains, listen to the hum of women's voices in the piazza outside the church next door, stroll the Saturday market to find fresh produce, cheese, and salami. Wave to Pasquale as he pushes his broom through the cobbled streets. No matter what you do, you will find the real Italy here.
A main road is easily accessible for exploring the surrounding small towns of Arsita, Montefino, or Bisenti or the town centers of Citta' Sant' Angelo, Penni, Loreto Aprutino, or Teramo city.
Relax inside the house in the large, well-equipped kitchen, ideal for cooking or cooking lessons, which can be arranged by proprietor Teresa Mastrobuono.
For the Food Lover: Abruzzo abounds with some of the best food in Italy. The town of Farindola is famous for its pecorino cheese, Loreto Aprutino boasts high quality olive oil, the wineries of San Lorenzo and Bellfiore are easily reachable, and restaurants offer Abruzzese specialties such as fresh fish, porchetta, arostoncini, and the famous regional 'maccheroni alla ghitarra'.
Throughout the spring, summer, and holidays, festivals offer samplings of local prepared foods and products. The town of Sulmona offers its artistic arrangements of 'confetti' candies, while Bisenti offers world-renowned 'Cellini' chocolates, which must be sampled to be believed!
The town of Castiglione Messer Raimondo has two restaurants which serve excellent, fresh pizza and homemade gelato. The local grocery story contains a pasticieria where you will find 'feratelle' and biscotti made daily.
For the Nature Lover/Active Traveler: Beautiful beaches can be found in the nearby towns of Montesilvano, Silvi Marina, and Pineto. Abruzzo's Adriatic coast is host to several Blue Flag beaches, where you can swim, kayak, sail, or windsurf.
The nature reserve of Punta Aderci is just down the autostrada.
Swimming can also be enjoyed at nearby Abruzzo Incantato, a restaurant/pool complex where you can dine and dip to your heart's content.
The Gran Sasso afford hikes from mild to wild: through gentle pine forests, to waterfalls, lakes, hermitages, or above tree line.
There are several small parks and playgrounds in town for wee ones, as well as the 'bellevedere' near the house for gathering, taking in fresh evening air, or enjoying the views over the Fino Valley. The promenade on the west side of town is also a lovely place for an evening stroll.
Bicycling, country walks, or horseback riding are also availably nearby.
Or cheer on the bicyclists on a stage of the Giro d'Italian as they pass within 9 miles of Castiglion
For Cultural Buffs: You can get to know local and world-class culture in Abruzzo. Pescara hosts a jazz festival; Atri a blues festival. Stroll the ancient streets of Elice during their Medieval fair.
Visit art museums in Teramo city and Pescara, or the museums of Olive Oil in Loreto and of the local farming trades in Picciano.
The town of Castelli is famous for its ceramic production.
Every small town in the area celebrates its patron saint with processions, masses, and celebrations, Castlglione included. Its largest and most famous is the festival of San Donato, during which you can hear traditional music and view outdoor theater.
Festivals celebrating everything from beer to fish to local crafts to miracles pop up often. Check the posters mounted on the community bulletin boards, or ask the locals. They are always happy to help visitors get to know the area!
Citta' Sant' Angelo offers guided tours of the town's points of interest.
Penne has a large outdoor market, and many beautiful churches to t
Proprietor Teresa Mastrobuono is an Italian-American who has been traveling to her family's home town and elsewhere in Italy for over 15 years. She has led tours to Tuscany, Rome, Venice, Calabria, the Dolomites, Umbria, and Abruzzo. During a trip to this last region in 2008, she fell in love with the landscape, people, fesitvals, and, of course the food. So she purchased her house. She named it in honor of her father, from whom she received her beautiful Italian last name.
Teresa has worked for over 30 years in professional theater. This work has given her a profound love of the human spirit and a deep appreciation and curosity for the diverse personalities that make up the human spectrum. She thoroughly enjoys each and every one that crosses the threshold of Casa da Carmine!
Teresa Mastrobuono purchased this townhome in 2009
Abruzzo - not famous, just FABULOUS!
Abruzzo is an area of Italy that has been historically overlooked as a destination. No more! People have now discovered that Abruzzo holds all of the fascinating, beautiful, and delicious wealth that is Italy. Casa da Carmine is ideally situated to enjoy this atmosphere. It is in the center of a lovely town full of friendly and helpful people, there is easy access to hard roads, and a variety of activities can be easily enjoyed from its vantage point - festivals, local food, museums, beaches, mountains, hiking, skiing, and sight-seeing. Teresa is only to happy to help organize your stay by pointing out places of interest and how to get to them. Staying at Casa da Carmine offers the best combination of a self-catered stay AND a guided tour!
Teresa's ample enthusiasm, experience hosting travelers, and knowledge of the area! Close to stores, a bank, gas station, and restaurants, yet private enough for a quiet stay.
To stay at Casa da Carmine is an experience beyond expectations. The Abruzzo countryside is exquisite, the townhouse warm and inviting and Terri …. her amazing self! From the charm and friendliness of the town to the visual romance of the surrounding terrain….this is a gem not to be missed!
My impression of Casa da Carmine is......exquisite, authentic
Italian living, immaculatly clean. Don't miss this opportunity
to stay here. The property is part of a castle, truly exceptional.
The hostess, Sir.ra Teresa is welcoming and very accomodat-
ing to your every need. Enjoy La dolce vita!!at Casa da Carmine.
The beautiful property was located in a breath taking setting. The apartment was clean and very well maintained. The travel from Rome was difficult due not being familiar with the roads and traffic patterns It was fun traveling to the nearby towns. We weren't prepared for the limited number of eating establishments in CMR The townspeople we very welcoming and friendly. Our limited Italian was definitely a hindrance. Lack of WIFI was a regret especially since it became dark so early. In summary the trip was successful and will provide us with fond memories for a long time.
I would recommend this trip but would encourage late spring or early summer travel. The liaison between the property owner and the representative in Italy was very accommodating.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa de Carmine. The townhouse wes lovely, the views were fsntastic and the village is just wonderful! Laura was just great in getting us settled. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to visit again!
This was my second time visiting Casa da Carmine. I was lucky enough to stay here when Terri first took possession, and I love the positive changes that she has made. The house is spotless, well appointed and each guest room has privacy, in addition to a communal sitting room and kitchen area. Every window boasts a stunning view of the Abruzzo region, including gorgeous hills and mountains that look like a painting. It's truly breathtaking. Wireless internet is available, though I recommend taking time to disconnect and read a few books when you aren't out and about. The people who live in CMR are so warm and friendly, and they truly love and embrace any guest of Terri's. There is a fabulous bar (cafe) up the street, and a wonderful pizza place where you can sit outside and admire the view. I do recommend having a car so you can explore the other nearby towns. There is always something going on, weather it's a festival or street market or evening of music. Thanks, Terri!
I was warmly greeted by Laura, the property manager. My first impression of the Casa was that it was much larger than I expected and I loved the vaulted ceilings. It was spotlessly clean and the views amazing. It had every amenity I could want or need. I was a woman traveling alone and desiring to experience the real Italy. I felt very safe here. Laura and Terri went above and beyond in helping my experience be even more than I had hoped. I enjoyed a wine tour of the Abruzzo region which included many exciting stops in addition to the vineyards. It was fun exploring the village on foot and meeting many special people. The markets, food, wine and olive oil were exceptional. I would highly recommend this property if you are wanting to be away from cities and tourists and you want to experience Italy. It would be a good idea to have a car for exploring outside the village. I would definitely return in the future.
Olive oil, Italy's best wines, festivals, fresh food, blue flag beaches, stunning mountains, local crafts, museums, historic castles filled with folklore, holy sites and processions, and townspeople who readily take you into their hearts. This is the town of Castiglione Messer Raimondo and its surroundings. On Monday you may hike the vast Campo Imperatore region and feel the peace and serenity of being alone with nature; on Thursday you may be swaying elbow to elbow with folks listening to world class blues or jazz in an open piazza. Abruzzo is a region of wonders and a world of discovery. It is just 3 hours east of Rome for convenient day trips to the Eternal City or access from its airport. The airport or train station in Pescara, the region's commercial capital, also affords easy access to Venice, Florence, Bologna, Ancona, Naples, and Milan, so you can combine a tour of Italy's bustling cities with the tranquility and authenticity of life lived for locals, not tourists.
Other Activities: Wine tours
Ski: Good skiing is located at Campo Imperatore, a breathtakingly scenic 1 hour drive from the house, all on hard roads. Recently upgraded, and fitted with a new, enclosed cable car, this resort is small, yet complete. It is easy to add a trip to this destination without having to commit to being there for your whole vacation. A great way to add variety to your stay! Special rates at Casa da Carmine in January and February for the winter sports buff!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 4 2015 - Jan 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$150|
|Notes||For rates in other currencies, please go to drop down menu and select your currency. Non-refundable deposit. of 30% of rental is due upon confirming booking. Balance of rental due 15 days prior to arrival. Balance is not refundable if cancellation occurs within two weeks of arrival.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.