The ‘trabocchi’, houses perched on stilts described by Gabriele D’Annunzio, the poet from Pescara, as “enormous spiders”, have clung to the rocks for hundreds of years. At a glance, they remind us of the unparalleled charm of the stories that are hidden within the intertwining of cables and buckets.
Clustered along the section of coast between Ortona and Vasto, these wooden platforms jut into the Adriatic Sea and provide an alternative to fishing boats: a system of pulleys drops the nets into the water and every day returns their catch. The seafood is then freshly cooked for guests welcomed at a few tables along the seafront. Among the many ‘trabocchi’ that dot the coast, it’s worth mentioning Punta Cavalluccio, Pesce Palombo and Punta Punciosa at Fossacesia; Valle Grotte and Punta Tufano at San Vito Chietino, where the refurbished structures of the Trabocco Turchino stand out; and the Trabocco Cungarelle at Vasto.
From the well-equipped beaches, it is well worth going inland to enjoy Chieti, the Roman city of Teate, and its monuments that proclaim its ancient history. Don’t miss Lanciano and the many other inland villages.
Taste a freshly caught fish that deeply influences the simple, authentic and tasty cuisine, served in the ‘trabocchi’
Visit Vasto’s historic centre, a succession of treasures from every era: from the ancient Roman thermal baths with their impressive mosaics, to the Caldoresco castle. Admire the phenomenon of the mirage from the seafront in Reggio Calabria
Take a trip to see the breath-taking views at Punta Aderci: a national park that covers more than 280 hectares of promontory, adorned with vines and olive trees.
Take a stroll in the historic centre of Ortona, where the noble palazzi stand out around the Aragonese castle from the fifteenth century
Admire the mysterious statue, Guerriero di Capestrano, in Chieti, the ancient capital of Marrucini, that dates back to the sixteenth century A.D.
Relax in the natural amphitheatre that is the beach at Punta Penna, with its pristine waters
Loose yourself in the countryside with scents of lemons, mandarins and oranges
Visit the higher part of Fossacesia, with its spendid Cistercian Abbey, Abbazia di San Giovanni in Venere
Enjoy the archaeological museum, Parco Archeologico del Quadrilatero at San Salvo, which houses finds from the Roman era
Discover country villages, like Guardiagrele, Pretoro, Fallo, Perano, Torino di Sangro and Rocca San Giovanni