Breathtaking mountain scenery of Gran Sasso, Laga Mountains, and Mount Majella surround dozens of storybook towns.

Go for this: Explore Rocca Calascio, the highest fortress on the Apennines, and the ancient Fortress of Civitella del Tronto
But try this: Hiking to Grotte di Stiffe, known for its natural waterfalls, as well as canoeing on the River Tirino
Favorite hotel: Corte Rossetti in Vasto
Favorite guest experience: Fishing for your lunch on a trabocco, a structure built on stilts that is part fishery, part restaurant
Foods: Maccheroni alla chitarra, porchetta, crespelle, caciocavallo
Wine: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Trebbiano
Best time to visit: April-October