the Trabocchi Coaast
About 40 km long, soon to be entirely covered by one of the most fascinating bike paths in Europe, the Costa dei Trabocchi, in Abruzzo, stretches from Ortona to San Salvo and has been emerging in recent years as one of the most popular destinations for tourists in search of authentic vacations dedicated to nature and relaxation.
Off the most common tourist routes, this stretch of Adriatic coast, rich in postcard-perfect uncontaminated landscapes, alternates sandy and pebbly beaches and is the ideal destination for those who want a complete travel experience, among sea, mountain excursions, cycling and local food and wine to be tasted and dozens of lovely villages to be discovered.
The costa dei Trabocchi is that stretch of the Adriatic coast of the province of Chieti (Abruzzo) marked by the widespread trabocco, a fishing machine on stilts. It is a stretch of coast that is famous throughout Italy for its natural beauty and for its heterogeneity: each of the towns along the coast has kept its own character and traditions.
This protected area extends over an area of about 300 hectares, between Casoli, Altino, and Sant’Eusanio del Sangro, all belonging to the province of Chieti, at the confluence of the Sangro and Aventino rivers.
The Castle of Roccascalegna is a defensive structure in the municipality of Roccascalegna, in the province of Chieti. Built on the top of a rocky outcrop, in a dominant position over the town, it has a very ancient foundation and underwent numerous additions between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Legend has it that the city was named Histon da Diomede and that it was originally inhabited by tribes from Dalmatia. Certainly, the Frentans settled in the area currently belonging to the municipality of Vasto (Punta Penna) in an unspecified age, who came into close contact with the Samnites and the Greek colonies of southern Italy and Sicily (including Syracuse).
The reserve extends over 175 hectares, in the municipality of Torino di Sangro, south of the mouth of the river Sangro, close to the coast of the trabocchi, the symbol of this reserve is the Hermann Tortoise, although the reasons why it became a protected area, and environmentally important since 1971, are due to the mixed Mediterranean vegetation in which the holm oak is the most representative species.
This is one of 24 Italian national parks with the peculiarity of being a relatively compact area. In fact, its area is surrounds the large limestone massif of the Majella and the mountains of Morrone to the west and the Pizi and Porrara mountains to the east. The highest mountain in the park is Mount Amaro (2,793 metres).