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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 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.

Best Places to Stay in Abruzzo

For foodies

  • 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.

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  • Castello di Semivicoli

    Chieti (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.

    7 rooms from $157
    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 Break
    Sights nearby  -  Il Feuduccio, Cantina Sociale and Monumento ai Caduti.
  • Casadonna Reale

    L'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.

    6 rooms from $204
    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 Break
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
  • Il Gatto Bianco

    Pescocostanzo, 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.

    8 rooms from $202
    Skiing  -  110 km of skiing tracks at the nearby Alto Sangro Ski Basin
    Great walks  -  Parco Nazionale della Majella
    Sights nearby  -  Eremo di San Michele Arcangelo
    Spa  -  With turkish bath
  • Sextantio Albergo Diffuso


    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.

    27 rooms from $224
    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.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
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