|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Abruzzo has all that Italy has to offer without the crowds. 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 can even help you plan and execute a customized itinerary so you can maximize your enjoyment of your stay.
You will feel right at home in this characteristic stone townhouse. Its convenient location in the heart of a traditional hilltop village allows you to walk to food stores, two pizzerias, a bank, pharmacy, gas station, and pasta shop. 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 large, 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 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.
From Casa da Carmine, you can lounge on
spectacular beaches, participate in the entertainment of local festivals, climb rugged and mezmerizing mountains, eat REAL pizza and fresh fish from the local fish wagon, visit unique museums, ruins, and indulge your shopping urges with hand-made crafts. But more than this, you will be able to feel the magic of the people who take you in as one of their own and provide you with human-to-human experiences you will not find on tours or in tourist resorts. Here, you easily slip into the rythm of authentic everyday life:
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 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, 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 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, 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 is also 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.
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
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 relaxing stay.
Apartment was everything promised - the view from the windows was simply amazing. Spotless and very well set up for travellers not familiar with the area. Easy walk to grocery, coffee and pharmacy - Saturday market was full of lots of local food and household stuff. Plenty to see and do in Abruzzo - look forward to going back!
Teresa, the owner, and, the property manager, Laura, were very responsive and helpful and introduced us to some great folks from the USA who were moving into their new apartment in the village. All in all, would not hesitate to recommend to others.
The property is well maintained. You can see that the owner takes great pride in keeping it that way. It was perfect for our stay as our relatives and friends were only steps away. There is a lot to see and do in this area of Italy and the house is perfect for day trips to Castelli or Civitella del Toronto. The other wonderful asset is having Laura (an English speaking local Italian) available to help us. She is the property manager who smothered us with kindness. We have stayed in other properties in this area but this was the best by far. I would highly recommend this Home Away from Home to others.
We had an absolutely magical time staying here. Starting with Italian coffee every morning, Terri provided a perfect venue for a loving family reunion vacation that was out of this world! We met charming locals, ate the most amazing market fresh food, hiked the Abruzzos, played on the beaches and danced the nights away...then came home every night to the most charming, clean welcoming home away from home anyone could ever wish for!
Casa Carmine is in a great hilltop location in a charming ancient town. It's right next to the church, so we were able to get box seat views of a local wedding party arriving for the ceremony. Each of the comfortable spacious bedrooms we used had lovely views. But I have to say that what really made the stay special was our host, Terri. She knows so much about the area and enthusiastically shares her recommendations of hikes, beaches, museums. Her love of the Abruzzo is truly infectious.
Wow, I cannot even begin to describe the fabulous time we had at Casa da Carmine, in Castiglione Messer Raimindo (CMR). My daughter and I just returned from a 9 night stay and I am already thinking about how I can make a return trip possible. I highly recommend this property if you want to experience the real Italy. The accommodations were very clean, well maintained, spacious, and as described in the listing. The people of CMR were so warm, friendly and seemed to enjoy our “attempts” to speak Italian. There were views in every direction changing daily depending on the weather.
Ideally located, we would set out each morning to visit another local village. Markets, churches and even the beach were included in our visits. But each afternoon we would return to CMR, take a walk around the town, have another cappuccino, and greet and be greeted by locals.
I was privileged to attend mass on Sunday and witness a baptism. The church is attached to the house. Another highlight was a visit to the town of Poggio S. Maria, the birthplace of my grandmother.
A GPS is a must; even know it will take you on many “unnamed roads” ours always got us to our destination.
Special thanks to Terri for all the valuable information you provided pre-departure, allowing me to plan our daily trips before arriving. And also thanks to Crystal, Dave and Laura for welcoming us. The owner, Terri and the property manager, Laura are only a call or e-mail away and happy to answer any questions or give suggestions. This is an added value to this property.
Elizabethtown, PA USA
My trip to Castiglione was one of the highlights of my traveling experiences.
The town is charming and the people are
Extremely warm and friendly. Terri is an amazing hostess who went above and beyond to make my stay both memorable and enjoyable. The townhouse was immaculate and included everything needed for my stay. The rooms were spacious and beautifully decorated with personal touches. There were so many villages and towns to visit , each with its own magnificent views and unique flavor.
Being able to hike Campo Impetatore in the Grand Sasso Mountains and swimming in the beautiful Adriatic Sea in Pineto were two of my favorite excursions. A visit to Marios for dinner provided an Italian meal that included several courses and excellent local wine for a very reasonable price.
Casa da Carmine was more than a vacation.
It was truly an Italian experience I will always remember.
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!
|Refundable damage deposit||$150|
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* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.