Pacentro Comune, Abruzzo

Pacentro Comune, Abruzzo

photo by Idéfix (nl.wikipedia)

Off the Beaten Path in Italy

photo by Rolf Schnitzmeier (wikipedia commons)Dolomites, View from Messner Mountain Museum photo by Rolf Schnitzmeier (wikipedia commons)

A motorhome rental or campervan hire is a fantastic way to experience some of Italy’s fantastic undiscovered areas; in fact those in the know often like to keep these areas a secret for themselves.  Without giving too much away and just for those who want a taste of what the real Italy is all about these are a few ‘little gems’.

On the east coast of Italy and only 2 hours from Rome, Abruzzo is one of Italy’s best kept secrets; this area is for those who love the outdoors and wilderness. It’s a place that has it all, its where you will find some of the most friendly people in the country, it’s home to the third largest National Park in Italy the’ Gran Sasso’, it also some great beaches and if you like wine its the home of Montepulciano D’Abruzzo.

  • Abruzzo’s Best Beaches. Vasto Marina in the south, Francavilla al Mare and Alba Adriatica further north.
  • Abruzzo’s Best Skiing. Roccarasso and Campo Imperatore.  Situated high in the Apennines, these resorts are comparable with those in the Alps but without the queues.  This is also where you can ski and see the sea at the same time, you can also enjoy cross country skiing here.
  • Abruzzo’s Best Natural Wonders.  As well the Gran Sasso, there’s Majella National Park one of the best areas for rock climbing.  The area around Fara San Martino is an excellent spot as well as Roccamorice and San Vito.

Le Marche
Le Marche like its neighbour Abruzzo is an undiscovered paradise for nature lovers.  The coast has always been somewhere that has attracted the tourists but very few venture inland, until now.  This area still has the feel of the ‘old Italy’ with some of the locals still living as they did sixty or seventy years ago.

  • Le Marche’s Best Beaches are found around Sirolo on the Conero peninsula.
  • Le Marches Best Natural Wonders.  The limestone Frasassi caves are truly magnificent grottos, it’s like taking a journey to the centre of the earth.  The other natural wonder is the sheer Furlo limestone gorge which rises above the Candiglino River with just enough room for a narrow pass over the mountain


Situated right in the far north east of the country bordering Austria, this is an area of contrasts. Alto-Adige is distinctly German and Trentino is definitely Italian which makes for a totally contrasting area and cuisine.

Trentino-Alto-Adige Best Natural Wonders are the Dolomite mountains.  Here you can ski during the winter and take in some wonderful scenery during the spring and summer.  For those who are experienced in mountain trails there are also via ferrata's with ladders and cables, all you need are your harness and a helmet.

These areas are ideal for those with a motorhome rental or campervan hire because although the areas do welcome tourism the facilities are not as extensive as in the more touristy spots.  The great thing about this is that is allows you to stop and admire your surrounding without having to find a hotel for the night.

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