|The holiday region of Abruzzo in Italy is famous for its home-made regional dishes, and you will certainly not be disappointed! Look out for a huge variety of unusual pasta dishes, including Maccheroni all Chitarra, Rigatoni alla Cafona and Gnocchi alla Polenta, which is made from maize or chestnut flour. Most restaurants will serve fresh fish from the Adriatic, as well as many local meats. For those with a sweet tooth, the range of desserts is awesome! Try Cassata Abruzzese, a creamy concoction, or Scrippelle M’Busse pancakes. The other speciality of the region is cheese, Scamorza, Mozzarella and Pecorino are all made locally. || ||As well as the typical Italian outdoor food markets, you can also enjoy shopping for superb handicrafts in this region. Taranta Peligna, Fara San Martino, Pescocostanzo, Sulmona, Arischia and Castel del Monte specialize in hand-made blankets and carpets; go to Rapino for hand-painted ceramics and to Casoli, Lanciano, Vasto and L’Aquila for copperware. There is also a thriving industry in lace-making, embroidery and linen-weaving in towns such as Bucchianico and Scanno. || ||For real wine buffs, a trip to Ortona is essential: this is the home of the regional wine center of abbuzzo. The center is open from 10am till 1 pm then again in the evenings except Mondays. The most common white is the fruity dry DOC Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. The main grape of Abruzzo is the Montepulciano (not to be confused with the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano of Tuscany) and produces rich, robust, soft yet quite dry red wines - look for the labels Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. || ||The path leading from the Gran Sasso down to the sea crosses lands rich in history and art and never ceases to amaze all visitors lucky enough to experience it. A region known for its monasteries and castles, the most artistically important town is that of L’Aquila. Home to the rather astounding Basilica di San Bernardino, the wonderful Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio and in the centre of the town the Fontana delle 99 Cannelle (99 spout fountain).|
The hillside town of Chieti overlooking the Adriatic sea, is home to an amazing 11th Century cathedral well worth a visit. And one of the most picturesque towns of Scanno, allows you to step back in time and appreciate architecture of the past with its narrow alleys and baroque gateways.