About the property
- Townhome1506 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
2 bedrooms, 1 bath, sleeps 4/5. Large, well equipped kitchen for cooking, wifi.
Your vacation your way!
Stay put...or get out and explore. With easy access to a main road you can have the best of both worlds.
At Guesthouse Casa da Carmine you can choose to relax in our quiet mountain town, sit as long as you like on the bedroom balcony and admire the view, or go out and about to hike in the mountains, swim in the Adriatic, or sample local delicacies produced in surrounding towns.
Abruzzo is all that Italy offers without the crowds. You will be a treasured guest, not a tourist.
Romantic, scenic, historic delicious Italy is all contained within Abruzzo's borders. Guesthouse Casa da Carmine is the perfect place from which to explore Abruzzo's ample natural and cultural riches. Proprietor Teresa Mastrobuono will gladly help you plan and execute a customized itinerary to maximize the enjoyment of your stay.
From Casa da Carmine, you easily slip into the rhythm of authentic everyday life, free of the restrictions of tightly organized tours:
- Sip espresso from the terrace of the Bar Lanterna while 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 as the locals greet you and help you find the best fresh produce, cheese, and salami.
- Wave to Pasquale as he ferries his little dog, Camilla in the basket of his bike.
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, Penne, Loreto Aprutino, or Teramo city.
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.
- Nearby restaurants offer Abruzzese specialties such as fresh fish, porchetta, arrosticini, and the famous regional 'maccheroni alla ghitarra'.
Throughout the spring, summer, and holidays, festivals offer samplings of local foods and products:.
-The town of Sulmona offers its artistic arrangements of 'confetti' candies,
- 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, SUP board, 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 nearby town of Castilenti also had a community pool open to the public.
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 offers a lovely place for an evening stroll.
Bicycling, country walks, or horseback riding are also availably nearby.
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.
-Or dance to lively traditional folk music at the Valfino Al Canto (Valfino in Song) celebration in Arsita.
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, celebrated August 5, 6, and 7, during which you can enjoy concerts and view fireworks.
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 visit.
All this can be experienced while you are right at home in a characteristic stone townhouse. Its convenient location in the heart of a traditional hilltop village allows you to walk to the town's businesses and easily reach other points of interest.
The two bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, each with a double bed. The house has central heat, and a washing machine on site.
Relax inside the ample, well-equipped kitchen, ideal for cooking or cooking lessons, which can be arranged by Teresa. She is happy to arrange tours and offer guidance how to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking the Gran Sasso or Majella mountains, or enjoying water sports such as kite surfing and SUP boarding.
But Casa da Carmine is more than a place that provides lodging or a base for exploring the area. Casa da Carmine strives to preserve the spirit of the man for whom it is named. A consummate people person, Carmine Mastrobuono took you in to his generous and gregarious heart to care for you like a unique treasure. His daughter, proprietor Teresa Mastrobuono, scoured cities, villages, and country hamlets to find a place that had the ambience that Carmine's presence created. She found that in Castiglione Messer Raimondo. Come experience that same warmth, welcome, and true Italian spirit!
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 2018
About Teresa Mastrobuono
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. Having come to Italy from America, Teresa understands the challenges that can face a first-time visitor or one who has not experienced life in a village "off the beaten track." She can help you with the logistics of travel, making restaurant reservations, and planning the best sites to see in the area. Locals know and love her, making it easy to get to know the town in a way that many tourists may not be able to know Italy. 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
Why Teresa Mastrobuono chose Castiglione Messer Raimondo
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!
What makes this Townhome unique
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 relaxing stay.
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A great stay in a special part of the country ...
We had a wonderful time in Abruzzi and this apartment was a good place to use as a base for driving some of the most beautiful parts of Italy. There was an early snow in the mountains but the weather warmed nicely even though our travel to the region was outside the "season." unless you were there for skiing. That only added to the charm of Castiglione Messer Raimondo and the surrounding towns.
The apartment is great: comfortable, very clean, wonderful views. Communication with Theresa and Laura was good. After a few wrong turns, Laura helped to get us out of Pescara and met us on arrival. It had been a long travel day for us but she made us feel very welcome and explained how to get around the town. While the kitchen could use another pan or two, it worked well and we were able to have fresh pasta, good fresh produce, and some excellent meat products from a shop in Bisenti a few kilometers away.
After that it was just one road adventure after another ... you have to like driving in Italy.
Thank you for taking time to review Casa da Carmine and offering such helpful feedback to future guests.
I am always looking for ways to make the stay as comfortable and easy as possible. What additional pans would you suggest we purchase? Those will definitely go on our shopping list!
Thank you for choosing to be our guests!
We hope to have you return in the future!
Teresa and Laura
Our stay in Casa da Carmine was delightful. Castiglione Messer Raimondo is a lovely village built atop a mountain with cobblestone streets and breathtaking views of the Gran Sasso Mountains, farms, and other small towns. The highest point in the town is the San Donato Catholic church which continues to ring each quarter hour with clapper bells. The guesthouse is directly next door to it. We enjoyed day trips to Pineto Beach on the Adriatic Sea, the open markets in Atri and in Bisenti, Campo Imperatore and Santo Stefano in the Gran Sasso mountains, and the city of Sulmona (the birthplace of Ovid). We speak almost no Italian, but the people of Italy are welcoming and we laughed a lot! Teresa was knowledgeable about the region and its history and she speaks both English and Italian. Our visit coincided with the local San Donato festival, which provided three nights of bonus entertainment. The guesthouse accommodated us comfortably, even in record hot temperatures. We ate out and cooked in, delighting in pranzo each afternoon. It was the perfect immersion into Italian culture and country charm!
Our magical trip to Casa da Carmine
The Casa da Carmine provided lovely and private accommodations for our trip to Castiglione Messer Raimondo. The rooms were charming & clean with beautiful views of the countryside. Our host was gracious & helped us with a myriad of details. The picturesque location is gorgeous. I can't recommend this highly enough!!!!
A great stay in the heart of Italy
Our family had the pleasure of staying at Teresa’s house in Castiglione Messer Raimondo in July 2017. We wanted to find a place where we would be close to the town where our mother grew up (Appignano), but still had all of the necessities for a family of five with young children. This location definitely exceeded our expectations. When we arrived, we received a warm welcome from Teresa, who helped to familiarize us with her house and the town. We were provided with all the necessary information and tips to help make our stay enjoyable. The house had spacious bedrooms and nice size bathroom. There is also a full size kitchen.
The town of Castiglione Messer Raimondo is a cute and quaint hilltop village. With cobblestone streets, classic architecture, and breathtaking views of the mountains, rolling hills, and farms, it made us feel like we were truly immersed in the culture of Italy. The town has everything you need within walking distance: a pizza shop, bar/café, grocery store, etc. Even though we only speak minimal Italian, the people of the town were friendly and welcoming. We even had the pleasure of meeting several Americans and Brits who had made this region their new home. One day, on our drive back from visiting Appignano, we came across a little restaurant called Ristorante da Mario. While it didn’t look like much from the outside, we were blown away by the delicious food and hospitality of the owner. Be sure to check it out!
We will never forget the memories we made during our stay in Castiglione Messer Raimondo. Thank you Teresa for truly making us feel at home. We hope to visit again in the future.
The Missimer and Skidmore Families
Serene, soft, and serendipitous
The villa was beyond my expectations. Beautiful mountaintop scenery and wonderful people. I could have stayed another week. So peaceful and unhurried. Great cafe around the corner serving a great cappacinno with a smile. This villa was immaculate, all the necessary amenities and then some. We ate out, cooked in. The markets were fresh and priced right. We had a full kitchen, a beautiful cool breeze at night and lovely bells from the nearby church.Teresa was the greatest hostess, bringing us local produce, towns peoples' love for her, and the obvious concern and care of one another. Great village and exceptional views of the countryside. Weather was perfect. We drove to several towns, found great buys and enjoyed historical interests. Easy to maneuver with interesting roads, food was delicious and the people so ready to help at every turn. I took a ton of pictures and never tired of the scenery. Would love to go again and highly recommend Casa de Carmine to everyone!
Welcoming and picturesque
It's a lovely hilltop village in the countryside. very peaceful with friendly people and vista's almost everywhere you look.
It was really hot in Italy when we visited and the downstairs kitchen is just lovely and cool, I could have slept on the floor! With fans our family slept just fine upstairs.
Thank you Teresa for looking after us and making our stay like home.
Michael and the girls
The townspeople who take you into their hearts. This is the town of Castiglione Messer Raimondo and its surroundings. Plus, this is the region of fine local 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.
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!
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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.