In all tourist guides describing the attractions of Abruzzo you will find two hermitages. Located near the village of Roccamorice, in the province of Pescara.
Roccamorice is a small village in the Italian region of Abruzzo. It’s situated on a rock with a number of houses of grey stone. Below extend canyons, creating a natural protection. It’s eagerly visited by rock climbing enthusiasts, who can enjoy great conditions to practice their passion.
Parco Nazionale della Majella
The biggest advantage for any nature enthusiast is the proximity of Della Majella National Park. Its landscape consists of canyons and vast plateaus, which can be admired from a great height, as well as lonely huts made of bare stone (the so-called tholos, or shepherds’ shelters). There are also hermitages – in thirteenth century few of them were a home to the monk Peter of Morrone, who later became Pope Celestine V.
The park is unique in terms of its geographic location and rare animal species that inhabit it (including wolves and bears).
A short distance from the village there’re two hermitages, of which Roccamorice is famous throughout the whole region. One of these is Eremo di Santo Spirito a Majella, located approx. 9 km away. In the eleventh century it was a home to monk Desiderius, who later became a Benedictine abbot and then Pope Victor III. It’s the most famous hermitage in the Majella mountains. The place is worth visiting - if not for religious reasons, certainly for the immense beauty of the place in which it is located.
The second one, Eremo di San Bartolomeo, is located approx. 5 km from Roccamorice and is older than the “papal” hermitage of about three centuries. It’s beautifully blended into the ledge with a magnificent view of the valley and the silhouette of mountain peaks.
In winter the road to both hermitages is often covered with a thick layer of snow, but this doesn’t discourage the hikers. The most important thing is to have decent shoes and energy to hike. But the nature rewards all efforts, revealing unforgettable landscapes. The visitors can enjoy high slopes, supported in the lower layers by the carpets of forests and hills intersected by winding paths, ending up in the caves. This beautiful view is enriched with amazing phonics of myriads of singing birds.
Agritourism around Roccamorice
Vacationers, who visit these areas of Italy, prefer the closest possible contact with nature. Infrastructure comes out to meet their expectations – the range of accommodation consists of farmhouses providing intimate and peaceful atmosphere. They serve dishes based on natural products, and during the stay tourists can relax and forget about the daily grind. They can enjoy, among others, more than 10-hectare organic farm Agriturismo Tholos. Dine in the restaurant, visit the farm with sheep and goats as well as an orchard. Tourists can buy the local pasta, flour, semolina, bread, jams and preserves, cheeses and pastries - all made according to traditional recipes from only the highest quality ingredients.
Azienda Rurale Colle della Serva has also a lot to boast of when it comes to the wealth of offers for visitors to the region. The farm is located approx. 2 km from Abbateggio, a village belonging to the Parco Nazionale della Majella. It covers an area of 10 hectares, with plenty of oak woods and farmlands. There are two stone huts where you can stop.
We can also find accommodation in Borgo San Martino Farm, a farm covering an area of 40 hectares. The owners grow food organically, among which you can find corn, barley and wheat, they also grow olives and vines. They offer accommodation in comfortable rooms with views of Majella mountains. Who is searching for a great campsite in Abruzzo we highly recommend Eurcamping in Roseto Degli Abruzzi.
As you can see, stony Abruzzo, giving the impression of a bit too raw and dry has a lot to offer. Especially for those, who nature, clean air and good quality food.