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House / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6
Casa Cara has recently been refurbished and has its own private garden and olive grove. It offers easy access to Pescara (35 mins) and is centrally situated between the two National Parks.
Casa Cara would make an ideal base for couples who love the outdoors and the Italian way of life. There are some fantastic walks in the hills nearby and opportunities to discover a truly breathtaking part of Italy. The house is situated 35 mins from the beach and 40 minutes from the ski resorts offering year round adaptability.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Pescara 27 km|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pescara 25 km, Nearest railway: Torre di Passeri 6 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Single beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
The house can be used as a 1 bedroom (sleeps 4 with sofa bed) apartment or as a house with 3 separate bedrooms(1 ensuite). There is a large kitchen equipped with most facilities and the rooms are of a very good size. There is a private drive for car parking.
The garden is extensive and follows down to a private olive grove with fig trees. The house looks up to the village of Pietranico on the hill and is in a stunning location but not too far off the beaten track.
A car would be necessary to explore the area.
About this location
The Abruzzo region
Abruzzo is a totally unspoilt and undiscovered region of Italy where the landscapes are breathtaking, nature flourishes and history and tradition are part of the daily mosaic of life.
This lush, mountainous region is located on the eastern side of central Italy, between the Apennines and the Adriatic coast.
Although it is only a couple of hours drive from Rome, Abruzzo remains very tranquil and unspoilt, and is rarely visited by tourists.
The area is wonderfully scenic with thick forests, deep gorges, lakes, snow-capped mountain peaks, castles and picturesque medieval hilltop villages.
Abruzzo has the highest peak of the Apennines, the Corno Grande at 2912 metres, and also Europe's southernmost glacier, the Calderone.
A third of the area of Abruzzo is protected, and the province has three of Italy's most important National Parks: the National Park of Abruzzo, the National Park of Gran Sasso-Laga and the National Park of Maiella. Rare animals, birds, butterflies and plants flourish in these protected areas.
Adventurers can hike in the mountains.
Nature lovers can marvel at the variety of wildlife and flowers in the many national parks and nature reserves, or ramble over the hills and through the beech forests.
Abruzzo is steeped in history and tradition. There are many historic sites of interest, such as the Bourbon fortress in Civitella del Tronto in Teramo province.
Pietranico, in the province of Pescara, is an old agricultural town. Located on a hill near the Rota River, at an elevation of 1900 feet, the town overlooks the Pescara Valley. Its population is about 700 inhabitants.
Pietranico offers friendly shops and bars which are frequented by very hospitable locals.
The town grew up around an ancient small castle or fortress, dating from the 11th century and belonging to the Benedictine Monastery at San Clemente a Casauria.
Because of its rocky inaccessible location, the castle was a perfect refuge for the monks during raids by the Saracens and Normans who made raids from the coast of Puglia in the south. Seeking security and better living conditions, people came to settle around the castle, and Pietranico was born.
The old center of the town preserves almost intact its original defensive structure, much of it dating back to the 15th century. The houses range up along the steep hillside, divided by narrow winding streets and all surrounded by a wall, through which there was only one entrance, the Porta della Terra.
The most important point of interest in Pietranico is the Oratory of the Madonna della Croce. Built in the year 1618, on the site of a miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary, the exterior of the church is extremely simple, in contrast to the interior, which is rather sumptuous (see photo, bottom right). The interior is decorated with works in stucco, carved reliefs, gilded decorations, and is covered with 17th century frescoes depicting the life of Mary.
The most important festas in the town are on the 2nd and 3rd of May and the 14th and 15th of September, and both are dedicated to the Madonna delle Croce.
The festa in May is particularly interesting. On the night of May 2nd, there is a procession of the 16th century statue of the Madonna at night, accompanied by torches, the flames of which are very high, at times reaching above the rooftops, so that the village appears to be aflame.
On May 3rd, the statue is brought in procession to the Oratory to commemorate the apparition of the Virgin to Domenico Del Biondo, which, according to tradition, occurred on March 25, 1613.
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22 Aug 2013
"Enjoyable, quiet location with superb views"
We booked the house due to a family wedding in Pietranico. The house provided us with everything we needed, but you need a car to get to most places. The village has a small shop where basics can be… More
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