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 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!
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 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.