Travel to Abruzzo, among the hamlets of L’Aquila
Through stories and hands of women
A special 6-day journey to discover Abruzzo with 12 women that decided to stay in the 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 never went back. Through history women here 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 are visiting the most important churches and monuments, which 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 are meeting Adriana, a woman who some years ago decided to move back to Abruzzo from Milan and started to produce a special wine.
In the afternoon, visit of the Stiffe Caves, a “wellhead”, the point where a river starts again flowing on the surface after an underground tract. After that, we are taking a walk in the medieval heart of the village of Fontecchio, where we are meeting Antonella, a wool artisan.
Breakfast and departure for San Pio delle Camere. We are meeting Letizia: she lives here but she has moved for love. She produces saffron. We are focusing with her on the process of collection, selection and drying of 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. Later on, we are taking a walk in the archaeological site of Peltuinum, an ancient Roman city on the path of the Tratturo (shepherds’ tracks).
Afterwards, we are moving 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. To follow dinner in Serena’s holiday farm, one of the 10 inns in Abruzzo present in Slow Food guide for many years, as well as in the edition of 2019.
Breakfast and departure for Gran Sasso Laga National Park. Visit of Rocca Calascio Castle, at 1.460 metres of altitude and one of the 10 most beautiful castles in the world according to National Geographic’s ranking.
We are then moving to the village nearby, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, where we are meeting 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” upland plain, in the heart of the Sirente-Velino Regional Nature Park. At 11.00 am, meeting Cristina and visiting her farm.
Sensorial tasting and hands-on-dough workshop with the art therapist Sara.
Lunch at the farm and, in the afternoon, transfer to “Piani di Pezza” upland plain for a walking tour through the untouched nature of the park. Back to the guesthouse in Navelli.
After dinner we are meeting Silvana and joining her felt storage-box making workshop.
Breakfast and then departure towards Amiternum, a Roman archaeological site located a few kilometers west from the city of L’Aquila.
Visit of the Roman theatre and amphitheatre rests and of the small antiquarium with Alessia. Afterwards, we are meeting Gabriella in her ceramic atelier.
Lunch, goodbyes and participants’ departure.
Before or during the travel, this schedule may be subject to changes according to the climate, holidays, travellers’ requests and needs of the people who host the group. According to guests’ 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
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