Day 1: ABRUZZO-A REGION WHERE THE WONDERS OF NATURE RULE SUPREME
We meet in Rome railway station at 10.00 for a fascinating drive to the Abruzzo region, stopping in the nearby hills to learn about the Roman Emperor Hadrian, at the ruins of his monumental villa at Tivoli. An enthusiastic traveller and builder, his lasting legacy includes his great wall across Britain, the domed Pantheon, and his stylish beard. After lunch on your own and a visit to the Hadrian’s Villa, a UNESCO World Heritage, we’ll drive up and over the Apennine spine of Italy, and on to the shores of the Adriatic Sea. Spend the first three nights of your Abruzzo experience at the central boutique hotel “Ovidius” located near the Cathedral of the enchanting town of Sulmona. Situated at the foot of the Maiella Mountains, between two national parks, Sulmona is renowned for its confetti (crunchy sugar-coated almonds) and its master goldsmiths. The central square is one of the region’s most picturesque, framed by a stunning medieval aqueduct. Dinner is included this evening in a local tavern where you’ll feel like one of the family and eat like a local! Overnight stay in Sulmona.