Serena Majestic is in Abruzzo, only 7 km away from Pescara, the birth town of Gabriele d’Annunzio and Ennio Flaiano. Abruzzo features some of the most beautiful villages in Italy, including Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Pescocostanzo and Scanno. Moreover, about 70 km away is the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga, with the highest mountain in the Apennine range. About 20 km way is Chieti, with the National Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Civitella.
“Old Pescara” (Pescara Vecchia), a compact area that lies between Corso Manthonè and Via Delle Caserme, is the beating heart of a city which is thronged by night and busy by day, all year round. These pedestrian streets are full of typical restaurants, bars and pubs, all open till late in the evening. Here, too, is the museum at the birth-place of Gabriele D’Annunzio, which fully documents the life and works of the renowned poet. The Museum of the Peoples of Abruzzo (il Museo delle Genti d’Abruzzo), features the history and popular traditions from the ancient origins up till the 1950s. In the centre of modern Pescara, near the main square, Piazza Salotto, is Villa Urania, a museum in a 19th-century villa, protected by the State to safeguard its considerable historical and artistic value. Inside is one of the most important collections in the world of the artistic ceramics from Castelli near Teramo. Pescara offers also shopping opportunities in the city centre and in many outlets in Montesilvano and Città Sant’Angelo.
CITTÀ SANT'ANGELO 11 km - Half-day trip
About 11 km from the hotel you can climb to Città Sant’Angelo where is possible to admire the collegiate church of S. Michele which dates back to the 13th century, as well as the churches of S. Chiara and S. Francesco. About 20 km away is Atri, where it is possible to admire other fine buildings and works of art - “Palazzo Acquaviva”, the Municipal Theatre, St. Augustine’s church, Canale fountain (Fontana Canale) from the 14th century and “Le Grotte”, a lengthy system of inter-connected caves and dug out as an “opus signum”.
NATURE RESERVES 27 km - Half-day trip
Penne lake is like an oasis for some of the most fascinating wildlife in the whole region. It is also possible to visit the Masseria dell'Oasi farm which produces and sells organic foods, all of which are grown within the large area encompassed by Penne Nature Reserve. The Reserve's laboratory, will allow visitors of all ages the chance to try their hand at wood-working and at making pottery.
THE NATIONAL ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM IN CHIETI AND CIVITELLA MUSEUM 27 km - Half-day trip
Chieti rises on a hill 330 metres above sea level, dividing the waters of the tributaries of the River Pescara from the Alento basin and, although they are a little further away, the masses of the Maiella and Gran Sasso mountains from the flatter areas near the Adriatic coast. This changing landscape gives rise to enormous variety in the types of nevertheless breath-taking countryside scenery. Chieti is one of the most ancient cities in Italy, dating back to Roman times and there are legendary stories regarding its origins. Chieti houses the National Archeological Museum, featuring finds from all of the most important phases of archeological history in Abruzzo. For example, there is the statue of the Capestrano warrior (Guerriero di Capestrano) from the 6th century B.C. The Civitella Museum holds finds dating back to the Palaeolithic and Neolitic.
GRAN SASSO AND MONTI DELLA LAGA NATIONAL PARK 80 km - Full day trip
The National Park of the Gran Sasso mountain covers 160,000 hectares and completely contains the whole of the Gran Sasso and the Monti della Laga mountain chains. The flora found in the Park is of enormous value and the fauna is very varied, including rare species such as the apennine wolf, the wildcat and the chamois, as well as wild boar, squirrels and foxes. The park is criss-crossed by a network of paths and by the Ippovia del Gran Sasso, which can also be travelled by mountain bike. Well-preserved Mediaeval towns, country cottages, abbeys, hermitages and castles wait to delight the visitor.
vasto 87 km - Full day trip
Set on a hill sloping down towards the sea, there are many reminders of the town’s past, including remains from the “Augustee villas” and traces of medieval settlements. Caldoresco Castle was built in the first half of the 15th century and Palazzo D’Avalos, in Piazza Pudente, was built on the ruins of a 14th-century building. The original structure was built in the 1300s and you can still see some period decorative features. On the coast near Vasto are the “trabocchi”. These are characteristic wooden buildings built out over the water, historically used for fishing – without a boat!
THE MAJELLA NATIONAL PARK 90 km - Full day trip
The Majella National Park covers an area that stretches from the Province of Aquila to the Provinces of Chieti and Pescara and encompasses 34 other districts. The Park surrounds the great calcareous massif of the Majella Mountain which is cut into by the Orfento, Selva Romana and Santo Spirito canyons and by the Val Serveria. The Majella's highest summit is Monte Amaro at 2793 metres above sea level. There is a great variety of wildlife, including such rare species as the apennine wolf, the wildcat and the chamois. Walking trips, mountain bike excursions and horse-riding are all organised for the park's visitors, as are guided teaching visits, trekking, bird-watching, cycle-touring, climbing and canyoning.
THE ABRUZZO, LAZIO AND MOLISE NATIONAL PARK 90 km - Full day trip
Abruzzo National Park, really gives you the chance to appreciate spectacular mountain scenery and to learn a little about the local culture and traditions in unspoilt natural surroundings. The rounded mountain peaks, which contrast with the ravines and gullies, have played a fundamental role in the preservation of some of the most beautiful species of native wild animals - the brown bear, the chamois and the wolf to name but three. The park provides visitors with expert guides to appreciate the peace and tranquillity of some of its most beautiful spots and to help you discover the true wild side of the Park through walking trips and mountain-bike excursions. Afterwards there are many places where you can sit down and enjoy Abruzzo's traditional cooking and hospitality.
CAMPO IMPERATORE 104 km - Full day trip
Campo Imperatore is a vast plateau of glacial origin at the heart of the Gran Sasso d’Italia mountain range at around 1800 metres above sea level. It is in the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park and is also known for the astronomic observatory that was built there in 1948. Many different kinds of excursion can be undertaken from the plateau including the renowned Ippovia del Gran Sasso, which is a route stretching over 300km in length, making it the longest in Italy. Campo Imperatore is also home to one of the highest ski resorts in Italy.
THE VELINO-SIRENTE REGIONAL PARK 104 km - Full day trip
The Velino-Sirente Regional Park is an enchanting area of natural scenery, offering an unspoilt landscape hosting some of the most important flora and fauna of central Italy. Between the calcareous masses of the Velino and Sirente mountains are the high “altopiano delle Rocche” and “altopiano di Pezza dei Prati del Sirente” plateaus. These are characterised by expanses of karstic rock formations and rocky walls, as can be seen in the Celano and San Venanzio gorges and the Grotte di Stiffe cave system. The Velino Sirente Park provides numerous opportunities for its visitors to get away from it all, through walking holidays, mountian bike excursions, cycle-tourism and even night-time trips. You can spend your whole day having fun in the heart of nature!
PESCOCOSTANZO 111 km - Full day trip
Pescocostanzo, which sits on the Apennine mountains at 1400 metres above sea level, is a town rich in art and has been included in the list of the 100 most beautiful towns in Italy. The historic town centre with its traditional, local houses, including those of D’Amata and Ottavio Coletti, is not to be missed. You should also see the Basilica of Santa Maria del Colle and the beautiful Church of Santa Maria di Loreto, the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazieand the Church of San Giovanni Battista. Also much appreciated are the small craft-shops, including the goldsmiths, who specialise in making the “Presentosa” (a brooch given as a sign of love) and the blacksmiths, who produce wrought iron fittings, such as braziers, lamps and chandeliers.
TREMITI ISLAND 150 km - Full day trip
The archipelago includes three islands: S. Domino, which is the only one inhabited island throughout the year; S. Nicola and Caprara. Its crystal clear waters and rocky seabed make it ideal for diving. It is possible, by rubber dinghy or boat, to leave the most crowded areas and reach the wonderful inlets and bays surrounding the islands.