One of the most beautiful regions in Italy to visit is Abruzzo by motorhome because it combines the magic of the sea with the beauty of the hinterland. It is in these small villages and in these sparsely inhabited areas that marvelous characteristics and peculiarities are hidden.
Article written in collaboration with In Camper con Gusto
Let’s go on a beautiful trip and discover what to visit in Abruzzo by motorhome.
Let’s start our road trip to Abruzzo by motorhome!
Campo Imperatore and the Monti della Laga
We are in the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, a unique natural landscape in the world. These places have been important film sets such as « They Called Me Trinity » with Terence Hill and Bud Spencer. In this region, you have different opportunities to visit:
You can go up to altitude with the Gran Sasso cable car. Or you can instead choose to go up on the road by campervan to the top of Campo Imperatore through a comfortable and panoramic road.
Where to park in motorhome ? If you decide to go up with the cable car, you can park the campervan in the big parking which is just under the Camping Funivia del Gran Sasso or also stop at this small campsite.
If you rise up with your camper, you need to know that on Sundays there is usually a high traffic of cars, bikes and campers that park almost everywhere.
The Abruzzo by motorhome: Castel del Monte
Defined as the village of the Shepherds, it is a fortified town set between the mountains and some particularities make it very fascinating. You will, definitely have to visit:
- the municipal theater dedicated to the memory of this village: a shepherd-poet who learned by himself to read and write by reading texts during the long months of transhumance
- the Church of San Marco; it is the first church in the town where you can see the coat of arms of 1435 formed by the tower surrounded by the ancient walls placed on the 5 hills that delimited the village.
Where to park in motorhome? We just stopped along the way.
Calascio and Rocca Calascio
When we talk about to small villages, this one certainly is. Currently, there are juste over 100 inhabitants. But its particularity is due to the road structure of the village. Among narrow streets, steps and cobbled paths it is still possible to read writings from the 1950s on the walls or on the portals or signs of shops that do not exist today.
What can I see? Surely do not forget to visit the Castle and the old village because they are wonderful. And also because they have also become famous as some movie scenes of « The Name of the Rose » and « Ladye Hawke » which were shot there.
We advise you to park your vehicle in the blue lines along the tree-lined streets of the town. It is not possible to go up to the Rocca with the camper and therefore you will have to walk for almost 4 km. You can also stop on the Marco’ Spot.
Santo Stefano di Sessanio
We are now in a small village that is part of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy. For a long time it was a crossroads for trade from the Adriatic to Rome, making the village very flourishing. Coming through the Medici gate, you enter the fortified village and you will be surprised by its preserved architecture that makes it one with the surrounding environment.
This village is also famous for being the set of the Italian comedy « little secrets big lies ».
Where to park in motorhome? In the Ristocamping Gran Sasso
The Gorges of Sagittarius
Next, we arrive at the Gorges of Sagittarius! Here nature has created a spectacular limestone canyon that extends for about 10 km. Moreover, the WWF has created an Oasis of Regional Nature Reserve there.
Are you a trekking lover? Well, thanks also to an excellent marked hiking trail, it will be possible to freely visit the region.
Where to park in motorhome? In Anversa there is a motorhome services area right on the road that passes near the river. Be careful because the road is steeply sloping and is quite narrow.
The Lake of Scanno and Scanno
Then, we arrive in Scanno. The country of photographers with its heart-shaped lake of glacial origin. It is certainly considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in Abruzzo. But we think that the competition between all the villages visited is really difficult.
We recommend you to stop along its banks. To sunbathe or take a relaxing break at the various restaurants on the shore.
A particularity to see: the Fontana del Sarracco of important architectural construction with 5 fountains topped by 5 stone effigies. Each statue represents a social class where noble men and women or simple travelers could quench their thirst.
Where to park in motorhome? There is an authorized parking for buses and motorhomes at the base of the historic center, but then everything is uphill! Or then, you can choose the Pietro’s Spot.
The Abruzzo by motorhome: Barrea
It is also one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and its historic center is another example of the Abruzzo fortifications.
You can still see the imposing remains in the walls in the castle which is dominating the village with the watchtower and in the entrance door to the historic center. Moreover, we advise you admiring the view of the artificial reservoir from above; the blu of the waters surrounded by the green of the meadows and woods in summer; or the colors of the trees in autumn make this place and the surrounding area completely unique.
Where to park in motorhome? In the motorhome services area in Barrea which is located at the base of the village and close to the lake.
Our personal conclusions
Visiting Abruzzo by motorhome is an experience that we recommend at least once in a lifetime, one day or another. The places we have listed are just some of the most beautiful, but there are many others to discover…Angela & Monica – In Camper con Gusto
Any information above refers to a Pre-Covid situation. So, it is necessary for to always check with private structures or municipalities to know if you can park there.
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