Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Villa Vistamontagna is situated at the edge of the mountain village of Capitignano - 1000 meters above sea level and situated in the Gran Sasso National Park. Approximately 20 miles from the ancient city of L'aquila
Capitignano is 80 miles from Rome and 60 miles from the Adriatic coastal resorts of Pescara and Giulianova, all of which are easily within a one to two hour drive.
Villa Vistamontagna is a large four bedroomed house with accommodation for 8 persons, with panoramic views of the church and surrounding mountains and villages. Built about 30 years ago on a hill above the village up a long drive, it has a large sitting and dining room on the ground floor, large kitchen and utility room with a downstairs shower and toilet - just one of three bathrooms in the property. The sitting room leads out onto the large sun patio and garden with fruit trees.
On the first floor is yet another large galleried sitting room which leads out onto the balcony, four double bedrooms; one with an ensuite bathroom, plus another large house bath and shower room. The balcony with its church and mountain views runs along the whole of the front of the house with an extra balcony from one of the bedrooms at the rear. Three of the bedrooms have king size beds and the fourth bedroom has two twin beds.
Ski slopes and resorts on the Gran Sasso mountain of Il Corno Grande are within a 15 miles drive and the adjacent area of Campo Imperatore is known as Little Tibet for its vast plains and plateaux where wild horses roam at will. Flocks of goats and sheep guarded by the indigenous white Abruzzo sheepdogs can be spotted on the sides of the mountains.
The ancient village of Capitignano boasts all the facilities you would need, bars, restaurants, butchers, bakers, but without losing its Italian mountain charm. It is surrounded by mountains, verdant fields and vineyards. The lake of Campotosto is just 7 or 8 miles away for water skiing, wind surfing and boating.
And also for the adventurous there are also horseriding, cycling, walking and skiing activities to be experienced. A little known fact is that there is even an observatory together with a Particle Accelerator within the mountain range of the Gran Sasso National Park. It is difficult to convey the charm of Capitignano, with its winding streets, medieval houses and welcoming villagers. It is something to be experienced at leisure!
Villa Vistamontagna is a 60 minute drive to the beautiful Pescara beaches. The sea is crystal clear and very calm. Excellent for children, play areas at each spot. Free parking.
Include a visit to Rome – the Eternal City - justt a one and half hours drive away along the spectacular A24
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||at Pescara 80 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rome's Ciampino or Fiumicino Airport or Pesc 90 km, Nearest railway: Romes Termini to L'Aquila station, then bus t 90 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Marche/Abruzzo region
Abruzzo remains one of Italy's most impressive wildernesses and is home to bears, wild boar, wolves, wild horses and more than 100 indigenous species of flora and fauna.
The beautiful Lake of Campotosto lies approximately 5 miles from Capitignano up a winding mountain road where windsurfing, fishing, boating and swimming are all available
Many people who come to Abruzzo are awe-struck by the 375,000 acres that make up the Gran Sasso National Park – Abruzzo's most popular inland area. The sprawling parkland offers a multitude of biking and hiking trails. Then there is the giant mountain range. Its tallest peak is the 9,609ft Il Corno Grande. In all there are 20 peaks within 12 miles of one another, each more than a mile high and for six months of the year spectacularly covered in snow.
Campo Imperatore is known locally as 'Little Tibet' for its wide austere plains surrounded by towering mountains - wild horses roam freely here. The stunning landscapes of the Gran Sasso's Campo Imperatore plateau, 6,600ft above sea level, mean skiers find themselves perfectly at home in Abruzzo. Indeed, Abruzzo also boasts no fewer than 21 ski resorts. among others. One of the last glaciers of the ice age creeps its way down the mountain and can be seen here.
Abruzzo features hot summer days with cooler evenings, cold snowy winters and warm and dry spring and autumn days although the evenings can get quite cold so a log fire is recommended after a long days' horse riding along the mountain trails, cycling and walking, driving around the spectacular mountain roads or visiting other quaint villages in the area.
At the beginning of each August the whole village of Capitignano celebrates their saint feast day with processions, street parties. picnics and dancing at night in the village square. The local football team is very well supported and the pitch is situated on the edge of the village with games at the weekends and evenings during the week in the season.
There are many restaurants offering local specialties tucked away down winding alleys and in the neighbouring villages and you will find the prices are very reasonable, having not yet discovered the tourist market!
The village of Capitignano lies at the foot of the Gran Sasso Mountain range within two or three miles of other quaint mountain villages. It is approximately 25 km from the medieval town of L'Aquila (which means 'eagle') and about 1 and a half hours from Rome.
For anyone thinking of exploring this region there are countless natural attractions in choosing to take a holiday in Abruzzo.
Tourists flock to the shores while the hinterland has been developed in a more sensitive and organic fashion. Farming is concentrated on the eastern side of Abruzzo and the main produce here tends to be wheat, potatoes, olives and grapes.
It is an unspoilt area with very little tourism and here you will discover the 'real Italy'.
The beaches of Pescara and Giulianova are within a 1 hour drive with many ancient and interesting towns and villages en route.
This beautiful central Italian region, less than a couple of hours' drive from Rome, remains one of Italy's best-kept secrets. Few foreign visitors crowd the scenic towns and villages of Abruzzo
With one-third of its landscape given over to natural parkland, this is one of Europe's greenest regions and its' ruggedly beautiful landscape make it perfect for nature lovers. This is a region of glorious contrasts.
The hinterland boasts the Gran Sasso National Park, with the imposing Gran Sasso mountains. Yet just a few miles away lies Abruzzo's 80-mile coast along the Adriatic Sea, including some of Italy's most inviting sandy beaches at Francavilla al Mare, Alba Adriatica and Martinsicuro.
It is truly a holiday of discovery.