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Top Choice Museum in Chieti

Museo Archeologico Nazionale d'Abruzzo – Villa Frigerj

Housed in a neoclassical villa in the Villa Comunale park, Abruzzo's chief archaeological museum displays a comprehensive collection of local finds, illuminating Chieti's three millennia of existence. While the prim…
Top Choice Abruzzese in Sulmona

Ristorante Gino

Occupying handsome arched chambers that have been used as an inn or wine shop for centuries, the restaurant of La Locanda di Gino is up there with Sulmona's best. Proudly advertising the provenance of its produce (r…
Top Choice Abruzzese in Pescara

Osteria dei Sabatini

Bringing Abruzzo's mountain cuisine to the coast, this osteria serves some of Pescara's best food. Hearty simplicity is to the fore in dishes such as pasta alla gricia (pasta with cured pork jowl and pecorino) fritt…
Top Choice Abruzzese in Santo Stefano di Sessanio

Locanda Sotto gli Archi

Sextantio hotel's restaurant makes imaginative use of an arched, 16th-century dining room. Furniture and crockery is designed to recreate the austere quality of bygone times, and the excellent food uses time-honoure…
Top Choice Abruzzese in Sulmona

La Cantina di Biffi

Dedicated to the food and wine of Abruzzo, this stone-walled cantina (wine cellar) features an open kitchen and daily blackboard of lip-smacking temptations. Seasonal treats such as new-season asparagus on poached e…
Top Choice Abruzzese in Pescocostanzo

Ristorante da Paolino

Be sure to book ahead at this bustling and popular little inn-restaurant in the heart of Pescocostanzo. Pasta dishes make expert use of local ingredients in season, such as truffles and chestnuts. Follow up with sec…
Christian Site in Sulmona

Eremo di Sant’Onofrio al Morrone

This cliff-clinging hermitage with its 15th-century ceiling, 13th-century frescoes, narrow oratory and arched porticoes cowers under a massive rock face in the Morrone Mountains. It was here in a grotto beneath the …
Archaeological Site in Sulmona

Santuario di Ercole Curino

Sitting below the Sant’Onofrio hermitage, this sanctuary was originally thought to be the house of Sulmona-born poet Ovid when it was first uncovered in the 1950s, but statues later found confirmed it as a Roman-era…
Museum in Pescara

Museo delle Genti d'Abruzzo

Located on a quiet road parallel to the river on the opposite bank from the centre, this wonderful museum illustrates Abruzzo peasant culture. The information is mainly in Italian, but the objects in the 16 themed r…
Basilica in L'Aquila

Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio

Badly damaged in the 2009 earthquake, this stunning basilica, which guards the mausoleum of Pope Celestine V, remains under wraps for restoration. It's one of the masterpieces of Abruzzese Romanesque architecture, a…