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Alessandra offers a large two bedroom apartment with a huge outdoor space overlooking the sea and Gran Sasso mountains. The modern kitchen is fully equipped for cooking. We took advantage of the clothes washer so we could return home with all clean clothes after a weeks stay. The bedrooms are quite comfortable and open directly onto the covered patio. There is one very large bathroom with sink, shower, toilet, bidet.
The apartment is accessed from a narrow street near the Belvedere gate of Montepagano. You can drive directly to the apartment to unload baggage (pull in your mirrors) but parking is outside the wall at the bottom of the Belvedere gate a 2 minute walk away.
The town of Montepagano dates from 1200 and has bits of it original wall remaining. The town sits at 290m above the seaside town of Roseto degli Abruzzo. We stayed during the Vino al Burgo, Montepagano's annual wine festival that brings the sleepy village to life with scores of local wine makers and food vendors. There was also a Jazz festival later in the week.
There is also a very nice town museum just off the main square. My wife's grandparents immigrated from here in the early 1900's, so we found this to be a good way to learn about the town at the time of their immigration.
The location is ideal for exploring Montepagano on foot and you are just a 10 minute drive to some of the best beaches in Italy. Montepagano is 2.5 hour drive from Rome and just about 30 minutes north of Pescara. The Gran Sasso National Park is close by and offers beautiful scenic views.
Alessandra is a wonderful host with a vast knowledge of the area. She will make you feel very welcome in her charming apartment. Thank you for a wonderful week!
"Casa Cricri exceeded my high expectations in so many wonderful ways!!! The apartment was sparkling clean, perfectly well-appointed with everything I needed and grandly spacious with a gorgeous view from the large doors that open onto the patio, lawn, garden and hills dotted with olive trees and vineyards. The air was fresh and cool up in these beautiful rolling hills, a refreshing change from the warmer temperatures experienced down in the town of Giulianova, just minutes away by car. The bathroom was large, bright, meticulously clean and very easy to move around in and the big mirror above the sink was a perfect addition! The kitchen/dining area is huge with a large tiled floor that connects to a den area with a charming corner fireplace, TV (with DVD and VHS machines), games, comfy chair and a couch----perfect for setting up the extra beds if more than 4 people are staying here, without sacrificing needed space for comfortable living!! The bedrooms are private and the beds are comfortable--both rooms have commodious closet space.
I did not bring an animal but there is a large kennel right off the patio for a safe and clean place to leave a pet. The owners are terrific, so friendly and accommodating, yet not at all intrusive, and completely respected my privacy. They have a large friendly dog and a couple of cats, all of whom stay outdoors.
They produce extra virgin olive oil from their own trees which is available for purchase, so, don''t leave this utterly delightful "paradise" without some!!! The garden was just being put in during my stay so I wasn''t able to buy any produce but, during the season, a large variety of fresh vegetables can go right from the garden to your dinner plate!! Also, your breakfast can be complemented by one of the several delicious homemade jams Isa has available for sale--enjoy some there and then bring some home for friends!!
Casa Cricri is a hidden gem in the beautiful countryside hills above Giulianova--it is very accessible to get to yet, once there, you feel as though you are far away from the hustle and bustle of city life and have arrived for a relaxing stay in a little corner of heaven!! This fabulous apartment deserves a 5 star plus rating and I am so looking forward to my next visit!!!"