Abruzzo is the place where Italians go on holiday and it is just the way they like it, off the tourist track and unchanged.It has a wealth of castles and medieval towns, 129 kilometres of sandy beaches, 21 ski areas and one third of the region is designated national and regional parks.
The Martellese, at Villa Maieletta, sits in rolling hills with the dramatic backdrop of the Maiella Mountain range in the Maiella National Park. The Villa is on a quiet country lane close to the historic hill-top town of Palombaro, with unrivalled views of the Abruzzo landscape. It is the most elevated apartment at the Villa and takes full advantage of the views with balconies on three sides, which offer a variety of spectacular vistas from a shady spot at any time of day. The bedroom looks out towards olive groves and the Maiella mountains beyond them. The bedroom environment is delightful, with the finest imported Indian 400 count cotton sheets, white goose down pillows, and embroidered damask bedspreads. An exotic bed canopy completes the scene.
A well-equipped newly fitted modern kitchen, in rustic style, provides a pleasurable environment for food preparation and eating. It is combined with a comfortable lounge and sitting area. We offer packed lunches and vegetarian evening meals, by arrangement.
Live the Italian life. Experience and enjoy the rhythms of rural Italy that surround us from the porchetta van and cafe culture to events celebrating the olive and grape harvests. The festa month of August has an array of unique activities that include a wild boar festival in Pennapiedimonte, Chilli Pepper weekend, the Beer Festival in Limiti (1km down the road) and musical events that extend into September in historic Lanciano. Enjoy one of our Shabby Chic workshops in Autumn or join us for an olive harvesting holiday in November, when you can pick your own olives and return home with the oil from the fruits of your labours. Retire to your apartment to relax and rest in a luxurious environment of classic Italian splendour.
We're situated amidst great cycling, motorcycling and walking country, and offer guided road cycle tours, MTB rides along the historic WWII Gustav Line or Adriatic coast. Mountain bikes are available for the use of guests, and road cycles can be hired nearby. The Giro D'Italia frequently visits the area. Organised tours are also available by chauffer-driven classic car or motor cycle (including bike rental). The area has a significant place in military history, being close to the Gustav & Bernhardt lines, and the site of the Battle of Ortona. Evidence of the conflicts of the time can be found in the form of bullet holes in some of Palombaro's buildings.
On the 3rd weekend in June, the Maiella Fiat 500 rally comes our way, and 60 or so of these iconic Italian cars of the 1960s descend on the historic hill-top town of Casoli. Come on the first weekend in July and enjoy the annual Maiella mountain walk, a 5 hour trek across the peaks above us that's sponsored by local pasta makers, De Cecco. If music's your preference, the internationally-renowned Pescara Jazz festival in July is a short drive away.
Combine a holiday in our stunning location with on-site English language tuition from Kate and Stephen, who are experienced teachers and text book authors. If you're interested in buying a house in the area we can guide you on that as well, using the experiences we've gained and what we've learned.
At Villa Maieletta you can be in the mountains in the morning, on the beach in the afternoon, and dine in the countryside under the stars. The Villa is an ideal retreat for couples, those who love the outdoor life and aficionados of architecture and history. Just perfect, too, for your honeymoon hideaway or a romantic short break.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Nearest beach||Fossacesia 30 km|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Abruzzo International Airport at Pescara 45 km, Nearest railway: Chieti 35 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, Staffed property|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Pool or snooker table, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
There is ample crockery, cutlery and glassware. Tea towels are provided, and picnic cool bags for days out.
|Further details outdoors|
Furniture is provided for each outdoor sitting area.
Smokers are welcome provided that they smoke outside.
Abruzzo is a hidden gem, with unchanged and scarcely discovered rural areas. It is located between the Apennine mountains and the Adriatic sea, and includes three national parks, making it the largest protected area in the whole of Europe. It has miles of sandy beaches, and the small fishing port of Pescara, which has a modern upmarket town centre and is a fashionable beach resort. Abruzzo has numerous historic hilltop towns, beautiful architecture and is rich in culture, arts and crafts. Small towns often specialise in a particular craft, such as Pretoro, which is well-known for woodcrafts, and Sulmona which is famous for confetti (sugared almonds).
Attractions within easy reach include:
-the town of Chieti, built on the site of a pre-Roman settlement, whose remains can still be viewed today
- Guardiagrele, the local centre for ironmongery, which has stunning views of the surrounding landscape and distant coast from a delightful illuminated plaza
-the 15th Century city gate and baronial palace in Casalincontrada
-weekly markets in towns such as Casoli
-the vast ducal palace at Crecchio, a castle which these days is home to the Byzantine Museum of Abruzzo
-the beaches at Vasto and Fossacesia
-the fortification at Roccascalegna, which clings to the top of limestone crags that rise from the valley floor
Local food and drink is a delight, from home-made pasta served in local family restaurants to arrosticini and porchetta, which is sold from vans which pay a weekly visit to our villages.
Wildlife is in evidence everywhere; wild boar, eagles and mink are often around, as well as scops owls who call to each other in the evenings across the fields. Apennine wolves and Abruzzo brown bears can be found higher up the mountains. Wildflowers that would be the envy of Interflora grow undisturbed on Abruzzo hillsides, orchids are amongst them. Fireflies make the night sky twinkle from April to June, sometimes beyond. Enjoy the constellations in the night sky, unhindered by light pollution and watch the late evening moon rise gloriously over nearby Casoli.
People in Abruzzo's rural areas are wonderfully warm and friendly, with an openness and honesty that is seldom found among the urban sophistication of more developed places.
Abruzzo's weather is difficult to beat, with sunny days and comfortable temperatures almost all year round. It has the ideal balance between warmth and freshness in elevated areas like Palombaro.
Palombaro is a hill-top town with a mere 1,131 inhabitants, which sits 536 metres above sea level. It boasts spectacular views over the Valley dell'Avello and is at the foot of the 2,252 metre high Martellese Mountain, one of the highest in the Maiella range. Palombaro was the Italian location for the 2011 film, “Lords of London,” which features Ray Winstone and Glen Murphy. The beautiful church of the Assumption, which dates back to 1561, appears in the wedding scene.
The valley walls of Palombaro are host to numerous caves. The Cave (Grotta) of St. Angelo can be found just a few kilometres away inside the remains of a medieval church, whilst the amazing Grotta del Cavallone, reached by cable car and complete with stalactites, is also nearby.
It is only 45 minutes to the ski resorts of Passo Lanciano and Roccaraso
Lanciano, 25 km away, is sedate, relaxing and brimming with examples of great architecture, like the Basilica of Santa Maria del Ponte, which houses an 8th century statue of the Madonna.
During the festival season in August there are artistic and cultural events all over, including traditional music, modern tribute bands and fashion shows by teenagers, where there is the opportunity to learn local dances and try all kinds of food produced in the area. Other annual events include a walk through the Maiella mountains sponsored by world famous pasta makers De Cecco, and a Fiat 500 car rally in June. Olive picking at the beginning of November offers the opportunity to see the local press (frantoio) in action and sample a variety of oils.
The area has a significant place in WWII military history. It is close to the Gustav and Bernhardt lines, and the site of the Battle of Ortona in December 1943. Evidence of the conflicts of the time can be found in the form of bullet holes in some of Palombaro's buildings.
Villa Maieletta is in the hamlet of Limiti, 4 kilometres from Palombaro. “Festa” time here includes the Sant'Antonio festa 2 minutes walk away and the beer festival, centred around the De Vitis grocery store. The family-run store provides a unique service for such a tiny place as Limiti, and is a hive of activity owned by the amazing Maria, which includes a bar, hardware store and petrol pumps. An "agroturismo" restaurant, which serves food produced almost entirely on its own land, is only 3 minutes walk from the Villa. A swimming pool, five-a-side football and a tennis court are available there for the use of our guests.
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