Abruzzo is a region of a thousand qualities, and one of these can be found in the town of Navelli, where the prestigious saffron is produced. The history linking this plant to the Abruzzo region has very ancient origins, mixed with legends that have made L’Aquila saffron famous throughout the world. Today it boasts an important quality recognition:...

One of the most famous tourist destinations dell’Abruzzo is the Rocca Calascio considered one of the most beautiful castles in Italy. In Abruzzo there are many villages all to discover as the small medieval village of Calascio overlooking the park of Gran Sasso at an altitude of 1460. Its strategic position allowed to control the valleys of Abruzzo...

The 2023 edition of the Giro d’Italia will start with an individual time trial on a coastal cycle path that has been recreated from a former railway line in the region of Abruzzo. At a ceremony in the Abruzzo capital of L’Aquila, race organizers announced Wednesday that the Grand Tour will run from May 6-28 and begin with an 18.4-kilometer (11.4-mi...

It’s 7:30 on a Sunday night and Luke and I are the first customers to arrive at Perilli Arrosticini: a family-run restaurant famous for its lamb skewers. The staff are still in their pre-shift meeting, but one of the cooks waves us in, yelling “Benvenuto! Buonasera! Buon appetito!” He smiles as he takes his place behind a long charcoal grill—fannin...

I am Abruzzese. The blood of Abruzzo runs through my veins. My grandparents grew up in Pettorano Sul Gizio (photo above and below), a small town in the center of a protected reserve. When I obtained my Italian citizenship, I established my residency in Carunchio, another small town in Abruzzo, to maintain the connection. When someone tells me that...

Coming to L'Aquila has a bittersweet taste. It's not an experience that leaves one indifferent. Indeed, it's not the same as travelling in any other Italian art city. The reference, of course, is to the 2009 earthquake, whose wounds are still very visible today. However, visiting L'Aquila at this particular moment also means witnessing beauty flour...

If you’re planning a trip through Europe, don’t forget to consider these Italian villages. “To visit them is to participate in Italy’s beauty while helping keep these enchanting places alive,” says Fiorello Primi, president of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy” association (I Borghi più belli d’Italia). While you know Rome, Florence, or Milan,...

Abruzzo boasts a coastline dotted with small pearls to be discovered, among which stands out the village Martinsicuro. Let’s get to know him better! In the heart of Edenica Val Vibrata rises Martinsicuro, a village bordering Monteprandone and San Benedetto del Tronto to to the north, with Colonnella to the west and the Adriatic to the east. How to...

This summer, nine Vespisti of the Vespa Committee of Washington, DC, led by AMHS member Willy Meaux, set off on an epic two-week Vespa ride from Rome to a first Vespa rally in Sulmona in the province of L’Aquila in Abruzzo. The trip, which began June 30, 2022, then took the riders through Umbria to Spoleto and Perugia, on to Tuscany via Montalcino,...

In this brand new series, readers are invited on a virtual journey that embraces the whole of Italy, but that focuses on the lesser known, smaller, often ignored localities. In this difficult moment it's paramount that we help the struggling economies of minor travel destinations, as opposed to the more established ones. This first appointment take...