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Ladyhawke viewRenano/Wikipedia
Anfiteatro Romano di AmiternumLasacrasillaba/Wikipedia
Castello CaldorescoZitumassin/Wikipedia
Castello Piccolomini [Celano]Chfono/Wikipedia
Fontana della SirenaPeter Forster/Wikipedia
Fontana delle 99 CannelleRa/Wikipedia
Fontana LuminosaMomo/Wikipedia
Madonna of IncileMarica Massaro/Wikipedia
Obelisco Monte SalvianoValemdc77/Wikipedia
Obelisco TagliacozzoEmanuele/Flickr
Ponte sul MareExephyo/Wikipedia
Santa Maria di CollemaggioStemonitis/Wikipedia
Santa Maria di PropezzanoAntonio Castagna/Flickr
view of Como Grande, Gran SassoLuciodem/Wikipedia
Acquedotto MedievaleLuca Aless/Wikipedia
Cascate del Rio VerdeMario Forgione/Wikipedia
Castello Piccolomini [Ortucchio]Casale/Wikipedia
Forte SpagnoloRa Boe/Wikipedia
Pescocostanzo town hallPietro Valocchi/Flickr
Punta Penna LighthousePaulox Net/Wikipedia
Rocca OrsiniPietro/Wikipedia
Roccascalegna CastleZitumassin/Wikipedia
San Giovanni BattistaClaudio Parente/Wikipedia
San Liberatore a MaiellaRaboe001/Wikipedia
Santa Maria della PietàSilviamanno/Wikipedia
Santa Maria MaggioreDa Flow/Wikipedia
south towerPietro/Wikipedia
Statue of OvidRa Boe/Wikipedia
Teatro Romano di AmiternumLasacrasillaba/Wikipedia
Teramo CathedralLuca Aless/Wikipedia
Amphitheatre Alba FucensClaudius Ziehr/Wikipedia
Avezzano CathedralMarica Massaro/Wikipedia
Basilica of San BernardinoRa Boe/Wikipedia
Campo ImperatoreMgerety/Wikipedia
Lanciano CathedralLuca Aless/Wikipedia
L’Aquila CathedralFreegiampi/Wikipedia
Orsini-Colonna CastleLivioandronico2013/Wikipedia
Pescara CathedralLuca Aless/Wikipedia
Torre LongobardaDa Flow/Wikipedia
Atri CathedralRa/Wikipedia



About PhotoSecrets



A great travel photo­graph, like a great news photo­graph, requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to wander around, track down every potential viewpoint, and essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. It’s like having a professional location scout in your camera bag. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic shots, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Get ideas for comp­osition and interesting viewpoints. See what piques your interest. Know what to shoot, where to stand, when to go, and why it’s interesting. Now you can spend less time researching and more time photographing.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. Twenty-plus years later, you have this guide. Thanks!

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 38 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


At a Glance

GPS:42.275029, 13.7812827
What:Region in Italy
Provinces:L’Aquila, Teramo, Pescara, and Chieti
Area:10,763 square km (4,156 sq mi)
Population:1,307,919 (2012)
Motto:Forte e gentile (strong and gentle)
Fame:The greenest region in Europe

Abruzzo (pronounced [a’bruttso]) is a region of Italy known for its castles and Medieval hill towns. It is considered “the greenest region in Europe” as one third of its land — the largest in Europe — is protected as national parks and nature reserves.

The name Abruzzo derives possibly from the Latin “Aprutium” for an ancient tribe in the area. It was used in the 1800s when the region was part of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, which ruled the southern half of today’s Italy. Thus, historically and culturally, Abruzzo is considered part of Southern Italy, despite being in the center of Italy, about 80 km (50 mi) east of Rome.

Stretching from the heart of the Apennines in the west to the sandy beaches of the Adriatic Sea in the east, the region is divided into four provinces: L’Aquila, Teramo, Pescara, and Chieti. The largest city is Pescara (pop. 123,000) and Abruzzo’s capital and second-largest city is L’Aquila (pop. 73,000).

Abruzzo is world-famous for its three national parks (Abruzzo, Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga, and Maiella), a regional park (Sirente Velino) and 38 protected areas.

Province of L’Aquila


Rocca Calascio

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Calascio

Rocca Calascio, at an elevation of 1,460 metres, is the highest fortress in Italy and one of the highest in Europe.

Construction of the fortress started in the tenth century as a single watchtower. A walled courtyard with four cylindrical towers at the corners around a taller inner tower was added in the thirteenth century. Considered impenetrable, the castle never saw a battle but was badly damaged by an earthquake in 1461.

Rocca Calascio lies within the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park and is accompanied by a nearby octagonal church.

Addr:Località Rocca Calascio,
67020 Calascio AQ
Look:North-northwest Far:90 m (310 feet)

Ladyhawke view

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Calascio > Rocca Calascio

The “Ladyhawke” view is the classic shot of Rocca Calascio used in the 1985 fantasy film Ladyhawke. Directed by Richard Donner, the movie starred Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

The ruined 13th century castle is where the lady is revealed to become a hawk by day. The hero is cursed to become a wolf by night, so the lovers will be “always together; eternally apart.” Only at dusk and dawn, can they see each other in human form for one fleeting moment. Their salvation comes at the castle during a fortuitous solar eclipse.

Time Out called the movie “always beautifully photographed.”

Addr:Località Rocca Calascio,
67020 Calascio AQ
Far:110 m (360 feet)Wik:Ladyhawke_(film)

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Santa Maria della Pietà

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Calascio > Rocca Calascio

Santa Maria della Pietà (Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pietà) is a seventeenth century octagonal church near Rocca Calascio.

67020 Calascio AQ
Look:South-southeast Far:190 m (620 feet)
AKA:Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pietà


Anfiteatro Romano di Amiternum

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Amiternum

Amiternum was an ancient city captured by the Romans in 293 BC. There are considerable remains of an amphitheatre and a theatre from the imperial period.

Addr:SS80 Dir,
67100 L’Aquila AQ
What:Roman amphitheatreWhen:Afternoon
Look:Northeast ↗Far:50 m (160 feet)
AKA:Roman Amphitheater of Amiternum

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Teatro Romano di Amiternum

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Amiternum
Addr:SS80 Dir,
67100 L’Aquila AQ
What:Roman theaterWhen:Morning
Look:West-southwest Far:40 m (130 feet)
AKA:Roman Theater of Ameriternum


Obelisco Monte Salviano

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Avezzano

Obelisco Monte Salviano is a towering obelisk above Avezzano. It remembers the 1915 Avezzano earthquake which completely destroyed the town, killing 96% of its population. Over 30,000 people died in central and southern Italy.

Addr:SR82 Avezzano,
67051 Avezzano AQ
Look:West-southwest Far:2 m (7 feet)
AKA:Mount Salviano ObeliskWik:1915_Avezzano_earthquake

Avezzano Cathedral

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Avezzano

Avezzano Cathedral (San Bartolomeo) is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Bartholomew. There have been churches on the site since the 11th century but earthquakes have repeatedly destroyed them; the present cathedral dates from after the great earthquake of 1915.

Addr:Via Guglielmo Marconi,
67051 Avezzano AQ
Look:South-southeast Far:110 m (370 feet)
AKA:San BartolomeoWik:Avezzano_Cathedral

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Orsini-Colonna Castle

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Avezzano

Orsini-Colonna Castle (Castello Orsini-Colonna) was constructed in 1490 by Virginio Orsini and, in 1565, adapted by Marcantonio Colonna to be a fortified residence.

Addr:Piazza Castello,
67051 Avezzano AQ
Look:South-southwest Far:40 m (120 feet)
AKA:Castello Orsini-ColonnaWik:Orsini-Colonna_Castle

Borgo Incile

Incile del Fucino

Madonna of Incile

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Borgo Incile > Incile del Fucino

Madonna of Incile (Madonnone Incile, La Madonna dell’Incile) is a seven-meter tall statue of the Virgin Mary, with a crown of twelve stars. The statue towers over Incile del Fucino, the start of a waterway used to drain Lake Fucino.

Addr:Parco dell’Incile,
67056 Luco dei Marsi AQ
Look:East →Far:26 m (85 feet)
AKA:Madonnone Incile, La Madonna dell’Incile


Castello Piccolomini [Celano]

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Celano

Castello Piccolomini (Piccolomini Castle) is a castle built in stages from 1392 to 1451 and used by the prominent Piccolomini family.

Addr:Via Sant’Angelo 25,
67043 Celano AQ
Look:West-southwest Far:70 m (220 feet)
AKA:Piccolomini CastleWik:Castello_Piccolomini_(Celano)

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Fontana delle 99 Cannelle

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > L’Aquila

Fontana delle 99 Cannelle (Fountain of the 99 Spouts) is a 13th-century fountain with water from 99 sculpted heads representing the 99 villages that the town was created from.

Addr:Piazza San Vito,
67100 L’Aquila AQ
Look:Southeast ↘Far:26 m (85 feet)
AKA:Fountain of the 99 Spouts

Fontana Luminosa

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > L’Aquila

Fontana Luminosa (Bright Fountain) was built in 1934 by the sculptor Nicola d’Antino. Two female bronze nudes pour water from a conca abruzzese (Abruzzo basin), a traditional water container made of copper with two wrought-iron handles and a wide opening. The fountain is at the historical center of the city.

Addr:Piazza Battaglione degli Alpini,
67100 L’Aquila AQ
Look:North-northeast Far:28 m (92 feet)
AKA:Bright Fountain

Santa Maria di Collemaggio

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > L’Aquila

Santa Maria di Collemaggio is a masterpiece of Abruzzese Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Alternating blocks of pink and white stone give a striking jewel-box effect. The church was consecrated in 1289 and embellished in the 15th century with the tapestry-like façade.

Addr:Piazzale di Collemaggio 5,
67100 L’Aquila AQ
Look:East-southeast Far:100 m (340 feet)

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Forte Spagnolo

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > L’Aquila

Forte Spagnolo (Spanish Fort) is a Renaissance castle built 1528-1567 for Spain to control the city.

In the 15th century, L’Aquila had become the second most powerful city in the Kingdom of Naples after Naples itself. As the French and the Spaniards battled for the throne of Naples, L’Aquila traded hands and was finally conquered by Spain in 1528. To control the unruly and rebellious Aquilans, Viceroy Philibert of Orange, ruling for King Charles V of Spain, commissioned an enormous fortress on the site of a 1401 garrison.

To thwart the enemy’s artillery, the walls were made 30 metres thick at the base and proteected by a 23-metre-wide ditch (never filled with water). Each of the four bastions had two separate and completely self-sufficient environments — almost independent garrisons on their own. The city’s bells were melted to make the cannons and the city’s aqueduct was deviated to supply the castle first, and block the city’s water supply in case of rebellion.

The enormous cost impoverished the city and, after 30 years of construction, work was halted before completion.

In World War II, the castle was occupied and damaged by the Germans. It was restored 1949–1951 and became the seat of the Museo Nazionale d’Abruzzo.

Addr:Via Castello,
67100 L’Aquila AQ
Look:North-northeast Far:100 m (330 feet)
AKA:Spanish FortWik:Forte_Spagnolo,_L%27Aquila

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Basilica of San Bernardino

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > L’Aquila

Basilica of San Bernardino (San Bernardino Basilica, San Bernardino da Siena di L’Aquila) was built 1454–1472 in honor of St Bernardino of Siena. The church is located over a monumental staircase which originates from Piazza Bariscianello to the basilica, establishing a fantastic point of view for the people arriving from via Fortebraccio.

The central nave has an exquisite wooden lacunar ceiling carving, painting and gilding by Ferdinando Mosca da Pescocostanzo (1723-1727), who also made the magnificent pipe organ. The ceiling was later painted by Girolamo Cenatiempo, pupil of Luca Giordano.

Addr:Via S. Bernardino,
67100 L’Aquila AQ
Look:Northeast ↗Far:70 m (240 feet)
AKA:San Bernardino Basilica, San Bernardino da Siena di L’AquilaWik:Basilica_of_San_Bernardino

L’Aquila Cathedral

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > L’Aquila

L’Aquila Cathedral (Saint Maximus of Aveia and Saint George, Chiesa dei Santi Massimo e Giorgio) is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Maximus of Aveia and Saint George. The 19th century building replaced a 13th century cathedral.

Addr:Via Roio 4,
67100 L’Aquila AQ
Look:West-northwest Far:80 m (260 feet)
AKA:Saint Maximus of Aveia and Saint George, Chiesa dei Santi Massimo e GiorgioWik:L%27Aquila_Cathedral


Obelisco Tagliacozzo

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Tagliacozzo

Obelisk Tagliacozzo (Obelisco) is a 13th century fountain and obelisk in the suitably-named Piazza dell’Obelisco in Tagliacozzo.

Addr:Piazza dell’Obelisco,
67069 Tagliacozzo AQ
Look:North-northeast Far:29 m (95 feet)

View of Como Grande, Gran Sasso

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila

Gran Sasso d’Italia (Il Gran Sasso d’Italia Corno Grande, Great Rock of Italy) is a mountain massif with the highest mountain in the Apennines, Corno Grande (Big Horn) at 2,912 metres (9,554 feet).

Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini was imprisoned in a hotel here from August until September 1943 when he was freed by a Nazi commando operation.

In a tunnel through the mountain is the largest underground research center in the world. The Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS) opened in 1989 to study neutrinos, high-energy cosmic rays, and dark matter.

The Gran Sasso forms the centrepiece of the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park which was established in 1993.

Addr:64047 Pietracamela,
Province of Teramo
Look:Southwest ↙Far:3.68 km (2.29 miles)
AKA:Il Gran Sasso d’Italia Corno Grande, Great Rock of ItalyWik:Gran_Sasso_d%27Italia


Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila

Barrea is a picturesque town built as a defensive tangle of practically impregnable houses. Everything is protected by nature on one side and by observation towers and defensive walls on the other.

Barrea overlooks Lago di Barrea (Lake Barrea), a lake created after World War II due to the building of a dam on the river Sangro.

67030 Province of L’Aquila
What:Town thingWhen:Morning
Look:Northwest ↖Far:0.70 km (0.43 miles)

Luco dei Marsi

San Giovanni Battista

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Luco dei Marsi

San Giovanni Battista (St. John Baptist) is a church in Luco dei Marsi, referring to a nearby wood named for a divine sorceress of the Marsi Italic tribe.

Addr:Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 421,
67056 Luco dei Marsi AQ
Look:West-northwest Far:60 m (200 feet)
AKA:St. John Baptist


Oricola Castle

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Oricola

Oricola Castle (Castello di Oricola) is a mid-15th century rocca (fortress) in Oricola.

Addr:Via Castello 14,
67063 Oricola AQ
Look:Southeast ↘Far:22 m (72 feet)
AKA:Castello di OricolaWik:Castello_di_Oricola


Castello Piccolomini [Ortucchio]

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Ortucchio

Castello Piccolomini is a castle from 1488 which originally stood on an island in Lake Fucino, surrounded by a moat. But when the lake dried, the protection failed. The Renaissance-style structure was commissioned by Antonio Piccolomini.

Addr:Piazza Castello,
67050 Ortucchio AQ
Look:West-northwest Far:50 m (170 feet)


Pescocostanzo town hall

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Pescocostanzo
Addr:Piazza Umberto I,
67033 Pescocostanzo AQ
What:Town hallWhen:Afternoon
Look:North-northeast Far:100 m (310 feet)
AKA:Comune di Pescocostanzo

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Scurcola Marsicana

Rocca Orsini

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Scurcola Marsicana

Rocca Orsini (Orsini Castle) is a 13th century castle modified in the 15th century for the Orsini family. It has a triangular plant to reduce the number of sides to defend.

Addr:67068 Scurcola Marsicana,
Province of L’Aquila
Look:Northeast ↗Far:320 m (1050 feet)
AKA:Orsini CastleWik:Rocca_Orsini

South tower

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Scurcola Marsicana > Rocca Orsini
Addr:67068 Scurcola Marsicana,
Province of L’Aquila
Look:Northwest ↖Far:30 m (100 feet)

West tower

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Scurcola Marsicana > Rocca Orsini
Addr:67068 Scurcola Marsicana,
Province of L’Aquila
Look:Southeast ↘Far:30 m (100 feet)


Acquedotto Medievale

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Sulmona

Acquedotto Medievale (Medieval Aqueduct) is a section of one of the longest aqueducts in Southern Italy.

Addr:Corso Ovidio 153,
67039 Sulmona AQ
Look:South-southeast Far:40 m (140 feet)
AKA:Medieval Aqueduct

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Statue of Ovid

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Sulmona

Ovid (Statua di Ovidio) is a statue of the Roman poet — Sulmona’s most famous native. Along with his contemporaries Virgil and Horace, Ovid (43 BC – 18 AD) is often ranked as one of the three canonical poets of Latin literature.

Ovid is today best known for the Metamorphoses, a 15-book continuous mythological narrative written in the meter of epic, and one of the most important sources of classical mythology.

Addr:Piazza XX Settembre,
67039 Sulmona AQ
Look:West-southwest Far:5 m (16 feet)
AKA:Statua di OvidioWik:Ovid

Alba Fucens

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila

Alba Fucens is an ancient Aequi and Roman town with finely preserved fortifications.

Addr:67050 Massa d’Albe,
Province of L’Aquila
What:Archaeological siteWhen:Anytime
Look:North-northwest Far:110 m (350 feet)

Amphitheatre Alba Fucens

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila > Alba Fucens
Addr:67050 Massa d’Albe,
Province of L’Aquila
What:Roman amphitheatreWhen:Afternoon
Look:Southeast ↘Far:60 m (190 feet)
AKA:Anfiteatro di Alba Fucens

Campo Imperatore

Abruzzo > Province of L’Aquila

Campo Imperatore (“Emperor’s Field”), known as Italy’s “Little Tibet”, is a mountain grassland or alpine meadow. It is the largest plateau of the Apennine ridge and lies adjacent to the Apennines’ highest peak Corno Grande.

In spring, summer and fall, shepherds maintain herds of sheep, “semi-wild” horses, and cattle in the plateau. The pastures are covered with field grasses and meadowland wild flowers.

Addr:67100 L’Aquila,
Province of L’Aquila
When:MorningLook:Northwest ↖
Far:5 km (3.14 miles)Wik:Campo_Imperatore

Province of Pescara


Fater SpA Headquarters

Abruzzo > Province of Pescara > Pescara

Fater SpA Headquarters is a 2008 building for a joint venture with Procter & Gamble that manufactures Pampers and other brands in Europe.

Addr:Via Alessandro Volta 10,
65129 Pescara PE
Look:East →Far:70 m (230 feet)

Ponte sul Mare

Abruzzo > Province of Pescara > Pescara

Ponte del Mare (Bridge of the Sea) in Pescara is a distinctive cable-stayed pedestrian bridge across the Pescara River. Curving for 466 metres, the bridge was opened in 2009.

Addr:L. Cristoforo Colombo,
65122 Pescara PE
Look:East-northeast Far:200 m (670 feet)
AKA:Bridge of the Sea

Pescara Cathedral

Abruzzo > Province of Pescara > Pescara

Pescara Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Cetteus, patron saint of Pescara. The Romanesque Revival building was constructed in the 1930s.

Addr:Piazza San Cetteo,
65127 Pescara PE
Look:North ↑Far:40 m (120 feet)
AKA:Duomo di Pescara, Cattedrale di San Cetteo Vescovo e MartireWik:Pescara_Cathedral


San Liberatore a Maiella

Abruzzo > Province of Pescara > Serramonacesca

San Liberatore a Maiella (Abbazia di San Liberatore a Majella) is an abbey and church built from 1080 in a Lombard-Romanesque style.

Addr:Contrada S. Liberatore,
65025 Serramonacesca PE
Look:South ↓Far:30 m (100 feet)
AKA:Abbazia di San Liberatore a MajellaWik:San_Liberatore_a_Maiella

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Province of Chieti


Torri Montanare

Abruzzo > Province of Chieti > Lanciano

Torri Montanare (Montanare Towers) is a castle made from a tenth century tower and a fifteenth century tower.

Addr:Largo dell’Appello,
66034 Lanciano CH
Look:East-northeast Far:24 m (79 feet)
AKA:Montanare Towers

Lanciano Cathedral

Abruzzo > Province of Chieti > Lanciano

Lanciano Cathedral (Basilica of Santa Maria del Ponte, St. Mary of the Bridge) was built in 1619 on bridgework along a precipice. Adjacent is Torre Civica (Civic Tower) built in the 19th century over a pre-existing tower, and now used as a belfry and clock tower.

Addr:Piazza Plebiscito,
66034 Lanciano CH
Look:East →Far:40 m (140 feet)
AKA:Basilica of Santa Maria del Ponte, St. Mary of the Bridge

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Ortona Castle

Abruzzo > Province of Chieti > Ortona

Ortona Castle (Castello Aragonese) is a Renaissance castle dating to 1492, and may have supplanted a 13th century fort. In the 17th century, the castle became a noble residence of the Baglioni family.

The base is almost trapezoidal and is characterized by four cylindrical corner towers (though only three have survived today) and curtains on a scarp. The palace inside was used to store gunpowder during WWII, and exploded in 1943.

Addr:Largo Castello,
66026 Ortona CH
Look:North ↑Far:40 m (130 feet)
AKA:Castello AragoneseWik:Castello_aragonese_(Ortona)

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Castello Caldoresco

Abruzzo > Province of Chieti > Vasto

Castello Caldoresco (Caldora Castle) is a Renaissance castle in Vasto.

Addr:Piazza Diomede,
66054 Vasto CH
Look:South ↓Far:60 m (190 feet)
AKA:Caldora CastleWik:Castello_Caldoresco

Punta Penna Lighthouse

Abruzzo > Province of Chieti > Vasto

Punta Penna Lighthouse (Faro di Punta Penna) is an active lighthouse and, at a height of 70 m (230 feet), is the eighth tallest “traditional lighthouse” in the world. The present structure was completed in 1948. A spiral staircase of 307 steps leads up to the summit.

Addr:Via Punta Penna,
66054 Porto di Vasto CH
Look:North ↑Far:70 m (220 feet)
AKA:Faro di Punta PennaWik:Punta_Penna_Lighthouse


Cascate del Rio Verde

Abruzzo > Province of Chieti > Borrello

Cascate del Rio Verde are the highest natural waterfalls in the Italian Apennines, making three jumps for a total of over 200 meters.

Addr:Riserva Naturale Borrello,
66040 Borrello CH
Look:South ↓Far:140 m (470 feet)


Santa Maria Maggiore

Abruzzo > Province of Chieti > Guardiagrele

Santa Maria Maggiore (Collegiata di Santa Maria Maggiore) is a church with an elegant 14th-century Gothic portal.

Addr:Piazza S. Maria Maggiore,
66016 Guardiagrele CH
Look:East →Far:26 m (85 feet)
AKA:Collegiata di Santa Maria Maggiore

Torre Longobarda

Abruzzo > Province of Chieti > Guardiagrele
Addr:Largo Giuseppe Garibaldi,
66016 Guardiagrele CH
Look:South-southwest Far:30 m (100 feet)
AKA:Orsini Tower, Torrione Orsini


Roccascalegna Castle

Abruzzo > Province of Chieti > Roccascalegna

Roccascalegna Castle (Castello di Roccascalegna) is a 15th century castle overhanging a precipice. A Norman tower built by the Lombards was enlarged in the 16th century with three circular towers.

The castle was used in the 2015 dark fantasy film, Tale of Tales.

Addr:Piazza Umberto I,
66040 Roccascalegna CH
Look:South ↓Far:80 m (260 feet)
AKA:Castello di Roccascalegna


Crecchio Castle

Abruzzo > Province of Chieti > Crecchio

Crecchio Castle (Castello Ducale di Crecchio, Ducal Castle of Crecchio) is a 12th-century castle in Crecchio which was converted to residential use in 1789.

Addr:Corso Umberto I,
66014 Crecchio CH
Look:Northeast ↗Far:40 m (120 feet)
AKA:Castello Ducale di Crecchio, Ducal Castle of Crecchio

Province of Teramo

Morro d’Oro

Santa Maria di Propezzano

Abruzzo > Province of Teramo > Morro d’Oro

Santa Maria di Propezzano is a Romanesque-style, former-Benedictine abbey and church. The sculpted portal, so-called Holy Door (circa 1315), was completed by Raimondo del Poggio; behind it is the belltower.

64020 Notaresco TE
What:Former abbeyWhen:Afternoon
Look:East-northeast Far:19 m (62 feet)

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Fontana della Sirena

Abruzzo > Province of Teramo > Tortoreto

Fontana della Sirena (Mermaid Fountain) is a bronze mermaid statue sculpted by Gabriella Martini in 1982.

Addr:Via Napoli,
64018 Tortoreto Lido TE
Look:East →Far:21 m (69 feet)
AKA:Mermaid Fountain


Teramo Cathedral

Abruzzo > Province of Teramo > Teramo

Teramo Cathedral (Duomo di Teramo, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Teramo dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and to Saint Berardo, patron saint of the city. The Romanesque church was built 1158–1176 and modified 1331-1335. The large bell tower was added in the late 15th century.

Addr:Piazza Orsini,
64100 Teramo TE
Look:West-northwest Far:60 m (210 feet)
AKA:Duomo di Teramo, Cattedrale di Santa Maria AssuntaWik:Teramo_Cathedral


Atri Cathedral

Abruzzo > Province of Teramo > Atri

Atri Cathedral (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, Museo Capitolare di Atri) is a Romanesque Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The sober Istrian white stone Gothic façade has a large rose window with a figure of the Virgin and child.

Built over an earlier one, the present church was consecrated in 1223 and reconstructed over two centuries. The bell tower (56 m / 184 ft) was added in the 15th century.

Addr:Corso Elio Adriano 19,
64032 Atri TE
Look:West ←Far:70 m (230 feet)
AKA:Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, Museo Capitolare di AtriWik:Atri_Cathedral


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