Hidden in the hills of northern Abruzzo, Cellino Attanasio is a stone hamlet that preserves its Medieval character. The narrow lanes, stepped streets and little piazzas tucked in the center are a throw-back to an Old World way of life. The ancient protective walls are still intact in places, along with two watch towers, once used to defend the town from invaders. Today, no threatening forces come to disturb the tranquility of the lovely spot.
Located at 430 meters above sea level, it's in a lofty position with views of the surrounding countryside and down toward the Adriatic Sea. The town was in existence in the Bronze Age and was developed during the Roman era. It was the Middle Ages that really gave it life and its current architectural plan. Don't miss the old convent with its cloister.
Cellino Attanasio is located inland, between Teramo and Penne, both notable towns worth visiting for the artwork and atmosphere. The national parks of Abruzzo and the mountain trails are at your doorstep here, while the Adriatic coast is within reach, as well. The lively city of Pescara offers nightlife, shopping and a modern contrast to the stone hill towns of the interior zones. This is also an important wine region, where world-class vintages Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and Trebbiano are produced.
Most Italian consider Abruzzo a culinary gem, so be sure to sample the region's specialties and enjoy the authentic fare you'll find in the country inns. Abruzzo is an undiscovered jewel of uncrowded towns and natural splendor.
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