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Abruzzo is best known for its dramatic scenery, from vast empty plains, to sandy, Adriatic coastline, to impressive mountains (the Apennines to the west). And for its food and wine. The best places to stay in Abruzzo are as varied as its landscapes: from cheap unassuming B&Bs to top notch luxury pads.
Abruzzo is sparsely populated, especially considering it's less than fifty miles from Rome, which is probably another of its charms. It has definitely kept its towns medieval looking (Chieti is one you should not miss) and its many, many hilltop castles relatively isolated - but with spectacular views, and these are definitely some of the best places to stay in Abruzzo.
Abruzzo's Gothic and medieval architecture marry with the culture of the place, where you'll hear plenty of magical stories about the abandoned towns and villages. Make a point of visiting the Museo Archeologico Nazionale dell'Abruzzo and the Museo dell Genti d'Abruzzo.
Use our guide to the best places to stay in Abruzzo and start to plan your tour of this lesser-known region.
- Casadonna Reale was once a monastery, but has been converted into a chic, minimalist hotel, with extraordinary views and fabulous gourmet cuisine.
For the wine (or the beach)
- Set amongst rolling hills and its own vineyards, and not far from the coast, Castello di Semivicoli is a beautifully converted castle. This is a small hotel, but the rooms are enormous, with sandstone floors, elegant decor and freestanding baths. They also have a very impressive wine cellar.
Best Hotels in Abruzzo
Castello di Semivicoli 7 rooms from $160Chieti (Semivicoli)
A castle set in rolling hills and not far from the coast. A historic beauty with its own vineyards and wonderful rooms. Bedrooms and suites, enormous in size, have sandstone floors, large beds, stand alone bath tubs, and elegant furnishings. Fantastic wine tasting facilities. Ideal for groups.Wine tasting - The wine cellar is purpose built for wine tasting from the many oak barrels.Good wine list - An excellent choice of its own vintages.Romantic BreakSights nearby - Il Feuduccio, Cantina Sociale and Monumento ai Caduti.
Fireflies and Figs 2 rooms from $165Abruzzo
Two luxury yurts set in stunning olive groves, with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. Simply decorated inside with crisp white linen, heavy wooden beds and a rustic chic bathroom. The private terraces are ideal for unwinding with a tipple and some organic regional cuisine. Rural bliss.Back to Nature - All about a natural way of living; stay in yurts set amidst olive groves and dine on food straight from the garden.Local markets - Head into the local hill top town of Guardiagrele on a Sunday for the local market.Sailing - Take a boat to the Tremiti islands off the coast of Vasto.Full of character
Casadonna Reale 6 rooms from $207L'Aquila, Abruzzo
A former monastery not too far from Rome in the rolling countryside. Super chic contemporary rooms and suites, minimal in style with all the mod cons. Fabulous cuisine serving regional produce. Stunning vistas of the mountains around. Perfect for a gourmet weekend in the countryside.Skiing - Roccaraso-Aremogna Ski Resort and Rivisondoli-Monte Pratello Ski Resort in the winter.Foodies - Ristorante Reale is a fine dining affair with spectacular garden views.Romantic BreakRemote - Off the beaten track.
Il Gatto Bianco 8 rooms from $206Pescocostanzo, Abruzzo
A stylish Italian country house, surrounded by the mountains of Abruzzo. Guests can enjoy the free wellness area with sauna, solarium and Turkish bath. Smart rooms with stunning mountain views. Breakfast served daily and the restaurant has traditional Italian dishes. Lots to do all year round.Skiing - 110 km of skiing tracks at the nearby Alto Sangro Ski BasinGreat walks - Parco Nazionale della MajellaSights nearby - Eremo di San Michele ArcangeloSpa - With turkish bath
Sextantio Albergo Diffuso 27 rooms from $229Abruzzo
With its dramatic hilltop setting this micro-village in the Italian Apennines stays true to its past. Exposed beams and stone walls, candlelit dining rooms; it's the huge baths, luscious toiletries and wifi throughout that add modern luxury. Similarly, the menu is traditional and locally sourced.Sights nearby - The Rocca Calascio Fortress, with its dramatic mountain setting, is a historical sight to be marvelled at.Cooking classes - Enquire with the hotel about arranging a cooking lesson to learn the arts of the local Italian cuisine.Great walks - There are many picturesque walks through the surrounding fields and local countryside.Quirky - An experience!Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape