Italy’s central region of Abruzzo retains an unspoiled ambiance accentuated by endless stretches of the Adriatic coastline and the wild, rugged terrain of the Apennines Mountains. Rock walls lead to dramatic peaks. Turquoise waters lap against opulent white, sandy beaches. Historical monasteries and castles rise out of the hillsides with prestigious walls. Your flight lands at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon your arrival. You pass towns that continue to maintain the enchanting look of their medieval facades, while nestled in the isolated hilltops.
The blend of secluded towns and sprouting castles lends credence to the legend that Abruzzo is the ancient center of magic in Italy. The Ruins of Ocre Castle are perched on an outcrop on the foundations of a Roman acropolis. The standing walls wrap around the ruins of a village and lead to a 14th-century church. The steep, craggy cliff overlooks the verdant valley leading to the snowcapped peaks of the Apennines. You reach your gorgeous accommodation at the heart of Vasto, which overlooks the shimmering waters of the Adriatic Sea.
The medieval center reflects the fashion and architecture of the 15th century. The breeze carries hints of the briny aroma of the water blending with the herbaceous grasses on the outskirts west of town. The golden shoreline glints in the fading sunlight and you can see the lighthouse crowning Punta della Penna Harbor. Cafes set out tables and chairs along the cobblestones of the charming center at Piazza Rossetti. Indulge with an introduction to the traditional cuisine of the region at dinner with a multi-course meal, beginning with Mussels of Vasto, which consists of mussels stuffed with breadcrumbs, garlic, and parsley in a blend of olive oil, lemon juice, and tomato sauce.
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