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NOT TO BE MISSED

NEAR CASTEL DEL MONTE


NATURE


• The old submerged village of Capo d’Acqua lake, for a fascinating underwater exploration. (Read more)
• Guided canoeing in the clear waters of the Tirino River. (Read more)
• The must-see Grotte di Stiffe, natural caves created by the upwelling of underground waters.
• The alpine Botanical Garden of Campo Imperatore. (Read more)
• Unique natural settings that so many times have been chosen as movie sets.
• Astronomical observations for enthusiasts and professionals, with no light pollution.
• The Gran Sasso massif walls for the joy of rock climbers.
• Mount Camicia peak (2564 m) for hiking and climbing.
• Horse riding on the Campo Imperatore plateau.
                                                

CULTURE


• The unmissable Perdonanza Celestiniana, the plenary indulgence day, on August 28 and 29 in L’Aquila. (Read more)
• The Campo Imperatore Sheep Fair, on August 5. An exceptional show, when all flocks scattered on the plateau gather to award the most beautiful sheep and the best pecorino cheese.
• The nearby village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, that comes alive in August with the “Estate nel Borgo” events.
• The first settlement at high altitude, Castellum de Monte, built as a defence against continuous attack in years gone.
• The discovery of Transhumant culture. Castel del Monte is the heart of Abruzzo Transhumance, the starting point of the Tratturo Magno. (Read more)
• The Rocca di Calascio, a timeless place, known worldwide for some unforgettable scenes in the “Lady Hawk” and “The Name of the Rose” movies. (Read more)
• The evocative Madonna dei Pastori celebration, on September 8, perpetuates the transhumance tradition, which was captured by Gabriele D'Annunzio in the poem “The Shepherds”
                                                



CULTURE


• The unmissable Perdonanza Celestiniana, the plenary indulgence day, on August 28 and 29 in L’Aquila. (Read more)
• The Campo Imperatore Sheep Fair, on August 5. An exceptional show, when all flocks scattered on the plateau gather to award the most beautiful sheep and the best pecorino cheese.
• The nearby village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, that comes alive in August with the “Estate nel Borgo” events.
• The first settlement at high altitude, Castellum de Monte, built as a defence against continuous attack in years gone.
• The discovery of Transhumant culture. Castel del Monte is the heart of Abruzzo Transhumance, the starting point of the Tratturo Magno. (Read more)
• The Rocca di Calascio, a timeless place, known worldwide for some unforgettable scenes in the “Lady Hawk” and “The Name of the Rose” movies. (Read more)
• The evocative Madonna dei Pastori celebration, on September 8, perpetuates the transhumance tradition, which was captured by Gabriele D'Annunzio in the poem “The Shepherds”


FOOD AND CUISINE


• Traditional Castel del Monte dishes: chickpeas and sausage “sagne” (water-and-flour pasta); “ciafrichiglie” (tiny water-and-flour gnocchi); “strangulaprete” with tomato sauce; ricotta “revioglie” (ravioli); “surgesfunnete” (small chunks of water-and-flour pasta) with vegetables; “muscisca” (cured mutton) with tomato sauce, braised potatoes and hot pepper; cheese “pallotte” (dumplings) with tomato sauce.
• Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC wine from the historic regional wineries (Masciarelli, Marramiero, Zaccagnini, Pasetti).
• Hams to order, to be collected once the dry-curing process is completed, from a small Castel del Monte family-run business.
• Fermented pecorino cheese.
• Cured meats of the historic Paolo Giuliani charcutier.
• The chickpeas and saffron festival at Navelli, on the plain of the same name, where the precious spice is cultivated.
• The tasty tiny mountain lentils of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, with a dedicated havest festival at the beginning of September.
• If you visit the cheerful potato festival of Barisciano, at the end of August, you will be able to taste the potato “zeppole”, deep-fried doughnuts that … can become an addiction!

• The “pecora al cotturo” – mutton braised in old copper pots and seasoned according to tradition, which are prepared every year, at Rocca Pia for the 14 August festival.