Your tour through this beautiful area should ideally start from the main city of southern Abruzzo: Vasto. Clinging to a hill-ridge, guarding a stunning gulf, is a city of ancient palaces and historic gardens, beautiful summer literary, music and film festivals and boasting renowned cuisine, especially seafood-based dishes. But the Vasto area offers much more. To explore the hinterland you can follow a circuit through the fortified villages and defence towers that once stood guarding the sheep trail – the pastoral transhumance – that once crossed this territory. Therefore setting off from Furci, characterised by the impressive medieval stone Tower which is located at the entrance to the old town, continue to Carunchio, embellished by its beautiful walls and you will arrive at Schiavi d’Abruzzo, whose wonderful Archaeological Area deserves a stop-off. The next stop is the fortified village of Torrebruna where, among other things, it’s worth pausing for a black truffle-based lunch. A few kilometres away, overlooking the valley, you will find Celenza sul Trigno, also of medieval origin as is the beautiful Fara Tower. To complete the route in goodness and beauty it is worth visiting Cupello, also known as cityof the artichoke (know what to look for), and without a doubt San Salvo where an amazing Roman Archaeological Park awaits you, located in the centre of the city together with the dispersed museum ‘La Giostra della Memoria’ and the homonymous peach trees, typical of the area. Here we are again just seven kilometres from Vasto.
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