Travel to Abruzzo, among the hamlets of L’Aquila
Through stories and hands of women
A special journey of 6 days to discover Abruzzo with12 women that decided to stay in small mountain villages of this region. Some of them left Abruzzo and then came back, some others came on holiday, fell in love with this land and no longer left. Through the history here women have always been guardians of the social, cultural and spiritual traditions of the mountains, preserving and taking care of the territory. Women with different jobs and souls. This journey is a unique chance to discover Abruzzo through their stories, their hands and their love.
The travel day by day
Meeting point in L’Aquila at 4 pm with Alessia, tour organiser and ViaggieMiraggi representative in Abruzzo.
Presentation of the itinerary and guided tour in the historic center, in a real walk through time through the medieval origins of L’Aquila, born from the union of the legendary 99 castles. We’ll visit most important churchs and monuments that will tell us stories about saints, warriors and earthquakes.
Transfer to the medieval village of Fontecchio, in the Sirente Velino Regional Nature Park. Accommodation in a fabulous heritage house and dinner.
Breakfast and departure for Goriano Valli. We will meet Adriana, a woman that some years ago decided to move back to Abruzzo from Milan and start to produce a special wine.
In the afternoon, visit of the Stiffe Caves, a “Wellhead”, the point at which a river back to light after an underground tract. Then, we will have a walk in the medieval hearth of Fontecchio village where we will meet Antonella, a wool artisan. Dinner.
Breakfast and departure for San Pio delle Camere. We will meet Letizia: she lives here but she moved for love. She produces saffron. With her we will focus on the process of collection, skimming and drying the saffron.
Lunch and, in the afternoon, visit to the Oratory of San Pellegrino in Bominaco, named the “Sistine Chapel of Abruzzo” for the medieval frescoes, true wonder for the eyes. Then, we will have a walk in the archaeological site of Peltuinum, an ancient Roman city on the path of the Tratturo (shepherds’ tracks).
Afterwards we will move to Navelli, a medieval village located in a strategic position on the route of the “Tratturo Magno from L’Aquila to Foggia” which is the ancient way of transhumance.
Meeting with Francesca and accommodation in her bed & breakfast. Following dinner in the agritourism farm of Serena, among the 10 Abruzzo inns present in the Slow Food 2019 guide from many years.
Breakfast and departure for Gran Sasso Laga National Park. Visit of Rocca Calascio Castle, at 1.460 meters of altitude and one of the 10 most beautiful castles in the world according to the ranking of National Geographic.
Then, we will move to the village nearby, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, where we will meet Mirella, expert in medicinal plants and botany. Traditional cooking workshop and lunch.
Back to Fontecchio guesthouse and dinner.
Breakfast and departure towards the “Altopiano delle Rocche” plateau, in the heart of the Sirente-Velino Regional Natural Park. At 11.00 am, meeting Cristina and visiting her farm.
Sensorial tasting and hands-on flours workshop by the art therapist Sara.
Lunch at the farm and, in the afternoon, transfer to “Piani di Pezza”plateau for a walking tour through the untouched nature of the park. Back to the Navelli guesthouse.
After dinner we will meet Silvana and we will join her felt storage-box making workshop.
Breakfast and then departure towards Amiternum, a Roman archaeological site located a few kilometers west of the city of L’Aquila.
Visiting the roman theater and amphitheater remains and the small antiquarium with Alessia. Afterwards, meeting Gabriella in her ceramic atelier. Lunch, greetings and departure of the participants.
Before or during the travel, this schedule may be subject to change according to the climate, holidays, travellers’ requests and needs of the people who host the group. According to guest schedule and flight departure times, extra activities and guided tours can be arranged by ViaggieMiraggi.
During the travel, you will be accompanied in some moments by a representative of ViaggieMiraggi in Abruzzo.
Level of difficulty
This schedule does not present any difficulties
From May to September
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What is included:
- 5 nights in a double room with breakfast
- all meals for the entire stay
- city map of L’Aquila and guided tours
- all workshops
- admissions to Stiffe Caves
What is not included:
- the return trip to Abruzzo
- the extra charges not included in “The price includes”
- transfers or minibus (minimum of 7 travelers)
- the single room supplement
All quotations are subject to availability at the time of confirming a booking.
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