I thought to start my blog on Abruzzo I would share with you places I love to visit with my family and friends, time and time again.


1. Walk the cobbled streets of hilltop town Loreto Aprutino.
Scarlet geraniums spill over the balconies of the old stone houses. There is a fascinating ceramics museum here too.

2. Linger on the long main walking street of Guardiagrele.
Known for its traditional artisans, visit goldsmiths working in gold filigree jewellery. Also see craftsmen and women working in wrought iron, copper, ceramics and fine linen embroidery…


3.Glimpse old fishing traditions on the “trabocchi” along the Adriatic Coast.
These whimsical wooden structures were built in the days when pirates threatened fishing boats and it was safer to fish from shore. Some, like Trabocco Punta Cavalluccio have been lovingly renovated.

4. Follow the footsteps of shepherds..
The shepherds have brought their flocks down from the Apennines during late autumn to the warmer valleys and region of Puglia. The network of shepherds’ tracks makes splendid day treks and you may meet the odd traditional shepherd carrying his worn and trusted umbrella with his flock not too far away.

PictureMy cousin Graziano at the Sulmona market.

5. Visit local colourful food markets.
Here in Abruzzo, the lack of tourists means that stall-holders will chat to you, not mind you taking photos and give you many delicious samples to taste!!