ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSES IN LANCIANO, ABRUZZO - ITALY
Crecchio preserves the characteristic medieval structure, around the ducal palace, converted today into the “Museo Bizantino d’Abruzzo”, which hosts rare and precious remains from the Byzantine period (6-7th centuries). In the rooms of the castle a rich Etruscan collection can be found as well. Crecchio is well known for Abruzzo’s DOC wines, the red Montepulciano and the white Trebbiano. You can visit a famous wine shop and taste the lovely local wines, while learning about the different stages of the wine-making process.
Guardiagrele, a popular tourist centre, is located in a wonderful, panoramic position at 600 meters, below the Maiella Mountain.You can also enjoy the view of Gran Sasso, the biggest group of mountains in the Apennines chain, with its peaks covered in snow. Guardiagrele has very ancient origins and preserves the typical medieval narrow and tortuous streets and stone buildings. Guardiagrele is well known for its many churches (particularly impressive is the Romanesque Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore), and for the traditional handicrafts such as wrought iron, embroidery and the art of the goldsmith. It is also well known for the fine art of confectionery. In the characteristic old shops you can taste the “Tre Monti” cake or the delicious almond pastries and the famous Guardiagrele’s “Torroni”.
Chieti is the administrative centre of our province, situated on the right hand side of “Pescara” River, in a lovely position, opposite the Maiella and Gran Sasso Mountains. Chieti has an elegant and dynamic old centre. The Corso Marrucino, the animated central street has plenty of fine shops, aristocratic buildings like the famous Teatro Marrucino, and the imposing San Giustino Cathedral. Chieti, the ancient Teate Marrucinorum, contains extensive Roman remains: thermae (baths), amphitheatre, theatre, temples, spectacular cisternae (underground storage vessels). In the heart of the town you will enjoy a peaceful walk in the Villa Comunale, among giant cedar and linden trees, to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale d’Abruzzo which holds the famous Warrior of Capestrano. Before leaving Chieti, don’t miss a delicious cappuccino with pastries at Art Nouveau Gran Café Vittoria in Corso Marrucino.
Vasto, the ancient Roman Histonium, has a spacious old centre, developed on the top of the area occupied by the ancient site, now Piazza Rossetti. Here you can admire the magnificent 15th century castle with its round towers, the Romanic Cathedral, the church of Santa Maria Maggiore with valuable Renaissance paintings, and Palazzo D’Avalos, from the noble Spanish family that ruled Vasto. In Palazzo D’Avalos is the Archaeological Museum and a gallery exhibiting paintings by local artists. Before leaving Vasto, don’t miss visiting a wine shop to taste regional wines and specialities, and go for a walk to Piazza del Popolo overlooking the Adriatic Sea at the splendid Gulf of Marina di Vasto, with its beautiful riviera of long golden sandy beaches.
Monte Pallano, located within the province of Atessa, is a megalithic fortification of the 4th century B.C. The fortification is situated at 1000 metres above sea level and dominates a large area of valleys and plains on the right bank of the River Sangro. Below the fortification there are traces of a pre-Roman settlement of the 4th century B.C, a most interesting recent archaeological discovery.
Dominated by the massif of Maiella, Iuvanum is immersed in a beautiful landscape, among valleys and mountains peaks, in the borough of Montenerodomo. Iuvanum is a very interesting ancient site, with a well preserved theatre and the remains of two temples on the acropolis, surrounded by megalithic pre Roman walls dated 4th century B.C. The Roman town lies at the foot of the acropolis and a long path leads to the public area with the Forum, tabernae (shops), Basilica and domus (private houses).
Schiavi d’Abruzzo is located at a height of 1172 metres, on the left bank of the River Trigno. It is well known for the pre-Roman Sanctuary with two temples, dated to 3rd century B.C. The area, surrounded by a beautiful landscape, includes the imposing Podium of the major temple sculpted in local limestone and a smaller temple – largely rebuilt – with an unusual brick pavement built in herringbone style with Oscan inscriptions – the ancient language of populations spread across central and southern Italy before the Romans.
Pietrabbondante is situated in the middle of a circle of mountains at a height of more than 1000 metres, in the province of Isernia, in Molise, a region adjoining Abruzzo. Pietrabbondante is an extraordinary archaeological reserve that tells the whole history of Italic people before the Roman conquest. The area was an ancient federal Sanctuary, the most important Samnite sacred site (3rd century B.C.). The well preserved remains are the superb podium of the major temple, with a large central staircase in front of the altars, the Hellenistic theatre with its magnificent sculpted stone seats and the surrounding commercial buildings.
You can’t miss visiting Isernia, ancient city of the Samnites, and the Civic Museum: you will walk on the remains of the huge walls of the 4th century B.C. to get there, but the exhibition of hand-crafted stones going back 750,000 years is the most important section of the Museum. Isernia is well known for its gastronomic specialities and the DOC wine Pentro d’Isernia as well.
Sepino, known as the Pompei of Molise, is situated in the Province of Campobasso. Saepinum is a very special archeological area with well preserved remains of a Roman town (1st century A.D.) built on the ruins of a Samnite settlement which predates the Roman settlement. A visit to this centre is particularly interesting as regards Roman construction technology. Visitors are impressed by the way the rural life of the past exists in the present, whereby men, horses, cows and sheeps pass through the ancient roads, the Basilica, the theatre, the Forum, the Temples, the fountains in the same way as they did thousands of years ago.
The Province of Chieti is mostly a hilly area, that lies between the Adriatic sea and the mountains that afford protection and shelter. Because of this favourable position and the mild short winters, the most prized agricultural products of the province are wine and oil. Guided tours and rural itineraries are planned to wine cellars and to oil mills to learn about production techniques and to taste local speciality wines and regional recipes using local olive oil.
The availability of excursions depends on a minimum number of participants.