From a series of searches on blogs, international sites, online magazines dedicated to tourism and travel, it emerged that, according to studies and surveys carried out by leading experts in the sector, Abruzzo is one of the ten best places in the world to live or go on vacation or even retire. According to the various references, which you will find below, Abruzzo is particularly appreciated for its pleasant territory, for its strategic position, nestled between the sea and the mountains and a few kilometers from the capital. Also the quality of life is not overly expensive, but it is very healthy. Little pollution, lots of nature, the flavors of a traditional cuisine much appreciated in the world, these are the strengths of the region, defined as one of the "secret treasures of Italy".
A few steps from the relaxation of Villa Susanna stands the small village of Colonnella, one of the most interesting centers in the Val Vibrata area. Of medieval origin, the historic center is accessed via a characteristic staircase, the very symbol of the town, which leads to an itinerary of small streets that wind through the most representative buildings: the Town Hall, the Clock Tower, Palazzo Pardi, the , during the year, of various exhibitions and cultural initiatives. Colonnella is a village that has retained a particular charm over the years and is surrounded by an area that still bears the signs of its history and evolution, as in the case of the characteristic "pinciaie", i.e. houses in raw earth typical of Abruzzo and the Marches, currently used mostly as service rooms and agricultural sheds. Furthermore, the surroundings are renowned places for the production of Abruzzo wine.Credit : www.comunecolonnella.it
Another village located on the Teramo hills, known above all for hosting some of the most important wine producers in the area, is Controguerra. From archaeological remains found in the area, it can be deduced that the town was born in the prehistoric and Roman period, even if it experienced its maximum growth in the medieval and Renaissance periods. This is demonstrated by the various buildings remaining to make up a fascinating historical centre: the Torrione, part of a Roman building which dominates the whole town, the Church of S. Maria delle Grazie, the Tombstone Plebani. Controguerra is also surrounded by the typical pinciaie.Credit : www.comune.controguerra.te.it
Civitella del Tronto is famous for being the last Bourbon stronghold to fall before the unification of Italy; today it is recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, thanks to its fortress that dominates the Val vibrata. This imposing work of military engineering is one of the major tourist attractions of the place and in recent years it has become a location for events, exhibitions, shows and a series of activities and workshops for children, repeated throughout the year. A visit to the Fortress bears witness to the strategic importance that the village had in the past and the signs of its military importance still remain today, especially in the Weapons Museum which traces the entire history of the town. Not only the Fortress, but also the area surrounding the town deserves a visit, to discover areas of naturalistic interest, such as the Gole del Salinello and the natural caves on the slopes of the Gemelli Mountains, ideal destinations for excursions.Credit : www.fortezzadicivitella.it
At the foot of the Gemelli Mountains, the area offers another artistic jewel. It is the small town of Campli rich in architectural monuments and history, as evidenced by the mighty Palazzo Parlamentare which later became Farnese, of medieval origin, located right on the central square in front of the Cathedral of S. Maria in Platea from the 1300s. Not far from the square, Campli also hides one of the most important reference points for the Catholic world, the Scala Santa, so called due to the custom, dating back to the 18th century and still respected, of granting the indulgence to those who have it traveled on his knees. Campli preserves its history not only in the buildings, but also in the local branch of the National Archaeological Museum which mainly houses the remains of the well-known Necropolis of Campovalano. Art and history in Campli go hand in hand with an honored gastronomic tradition, mainly represented by the porchetta, to be tasted throughout the year but above all on the occasion of the classic festival at the end of August.Credit : www.campli.it
Ascoli Piceno is one of the most fascinating towns in Central Italy, due to the history, art and traditions it preserves within its walls. The historic center is made almost entirely of travertine and shows its grandeur in the towers overlooking the entire town and in the most representative buildings, such as those that enclose Piazza del Popolo. Here the Palazzo dei Capitani, the famous Caffè Meletti materially contain the history of the city, which is celebrated annually with demonstrations and events. How not to mention the famous Quintana, which usually populates the streets of Ascoli, during the summer, with costumed figures. They awaken the medieval splendor of the city and entertain visitors waiting for the knightly games. Then there are many events dedicated to art and culture, but above all to the gastronomic tradition, which has the Ascoli olive as the greatest representative of Picene delicacies.Credit : www.comuneap.gov.it/home