The photos that will make you want to visit Chieti Province, Abruzzo right now

You know my parents were born in Abruzzzo right? It’s in my blood; it’s in my heart. And slowly it’s becoming a destination of choice for travellers to Italy who are looking to explore Italy that bit further beneath the surface. From UNESCO heritage sites, lakes, mountains, beach, it really offers it all as a destination (and it’s much cheaper than say a Tuscany or Puglia). 

I recently explored the area and small towns located in the Chieti province, in the most south eastern corner of the region. Facing both inland and the Adriatic Sea affords this area a unique mountain, valley and beach kind of thing. It is land rich in vineyards and therefore produces some of Abruzzo’s best wine. 

From food and wine production and traditions to beach views, these pics are bound to have you add this part of Italy to your travel list. 

0km and Slow Food are not movements or foodie concepts here, but a way of life!  (At Casa Dell’Arciprete B&B)Truffle hunting (with Tartufi Tubersangro)Sampling vegan wines at Cantina CerretanoMeeting local small production houses like Italiana THR who make honey, jams and conserves.Swim in the blue waters of the Adriatic at Orsogna. Feast on seafood at one of the many beach clubs like Lido Barracuda or Lido Esperia.Everything just tastes better in Abruzzo! Like this ‘Le Api di Papa’ honey.

Beautiful Abruzzo skies as seen from the quaint and family-run, Eco B&B Primavera where warm service is truly their motto! This is the only B&B in Abruzzo to have received the European Community Ecolabel. 

Views like this from Tollo that will take your breath away!Seeing some of the first bottles of Montepulciano that received the coveted DOC rating at the wine museum: EnoMuseo in Tollo. Abruzzo isn’t just meat and pork! Feast on baccalà (salt cod), as is the historic tradition and specialty at Trattoria Ketty in Tollo. (Photo credit: Abruzzo4Foodies)

Market stands at Guardiagrele every Sunday.  Sweet traditions. Lullo Pasticceria in Guardiagrele are the only place in the world that produce this custard-filled soft sponge called Le Sise delle Monache (literally ‘nuns tits’)Vineyards abound! Like this one at Trapetto di Caprafico.Homecooked lunches at wineries that look like this!Love locks and breathtaking mountain views at Pennapiedimonte.Signing off from Trastevere, 

Baci, Maria 

Acknowledgements: Special thanks go to Eco B&B Primavera, Abruzzo4Foodies, Comune di Sannita Cannosa & Comune di Tollo for hosting this special blog program.  

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