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Abruzzo & Environs

Mountain routes


L’Aquila, the town retains many vestiges of its ancient and thriving medieval town hall and Romanesque and Renaissance fine works of art. Among its most outstanding monuments: the Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio (sec. XIII), a masterpiece of Abruzzese Romanesque-Gothic with its façade in white and pink stone. The Inside maintains a Romanesque-Gothic style, with three naves. Here we find the remains of Pope Celestine V in a Renaissance mausoleum. Celestine V was himself promoter of the construction of the Basilica where he was then crowned by Charles II of Anjou on 29 August 1294. On the left side of the Basilica is the Holy Door. It opens every year on August 28 after the parade for the “Celestine Pardon”.


Campo Imperatore, the wide plateau that stretches for 27 kilometres and 1800 meters altitude in timeless mountain loneliness. A purely majestic Alpine view of the most beautiful peaks of the massif.


Castel del Monte, with its interesting historical centre, the “Ricetto”, that was the fortified and inaccessible lookout post on the Tirino Valley.


Calascio, with its bold, solitary and imposing fortress: a masterpiece of military art being one of Italy’s highest fortifications with its 1500 meters altitude.


Santo Stefano di Sessanio, possession of the Medici in the 16th century, retains the marks of that exquisite culture. Passing through narrow streets, in those times easy to defend, you will arrive at Piazza Medicea with the clock tower and arch overlooked by the crest of the noble Florentine family. Inside the parish church, there is a wooden statue of the Saint.