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Activities & Surroundings

The nearby town of Caramanico Terme has shops, bars, restaurants, churches and spas!  Why not treat yourself to a pampering massage at the 4* Hotel La Reserve?


The Visitors Centre at Caramanico has a small museum and an otter-breeding centre, and can issue you with a permit to walk in the Orfento Gorge (highly recommended).  They also hire out mountain bikes.


Behind the village of Decontra, you can find a remarkable two-storey tholos (stone beehive-shaped shepherd’s hut) and the medieval hermitage of San Bartolomeo, built almost invisibly into the cliffside of a steep gorge.


You could also explore the nearby Botanic Garden at Sant’Eufemia, or the great Hermitage of Santo Spirito, a National Monument.


An hour’s drive away, the lovely town of Sulmona has medieval buildings, street cafes, churches and museums (market days Wed & Sat) and is the home of sugared almonds or confetti, while Chieti has an impressive National Archeological Museum.


There are some wonderful walks to discover, whether you wish to explore a gorge, gaze from a mountaintop or simply enjoy leisurely picnics in the meadows around Decontra, surrounded by magnificent views.