Charming Towns in the area

 

Chieti (26 km from Dedalo) was a former roman municipality destroyed by the Visigoths after the fall of the roman Empire.The main monuments in Chieti are San Giustino’s Cathedral (1069), San Francesco al Corso’s church (1239), the Archbishop’s Tower (XV century), Civitella (about I century AD), the Roman Theatre and Baths (II century AD) and the Roman temples (III century AD).
Interesting Festival is Mozart Week in July - The historic center is transformed into a small Salzburg to host concerts, operas, dance performances, theatre plays, puppet theatre shows, with illuminated fountains and fireworks.

Sulmona (35 km from Dedalo) a secluded town surrounded by mountains, is very well known for its summer Jousting and Medieval games, which offer a wealth of historical reenactments and over 500 characters in costume. It takes place in the last week in July with horses, captains and duels.
An unusual but interesting religious drama, which takes place at Easter, is the Fleeing Madonna, a unique folkloristic function during which a madonna runs around recklessly carried by men.
Sulmona is also home to the poet Ovid whose presence is felt everywhere as you will find his statue in the main square and the letters SMPE all over the place. This is an acronym for Ovid's famed saying “Sulmo mihi patria est” which means: Sulmona is my hometown.
Not to be missed the roman aquaeduct, the Church of San Filippo Neri, the Church of Santa Chiara, the Cathedral of San Panfilo, palazzo Annunziata and its church and the Church of Santa Maria della Tomba among others.
Don't forget to buy the famous confetti (sugar coated almonds) as Sulmona is the world capital of confetti making to this day! There are amazing confetti sculptures and flower arrangements on sale all over the place

Guardiagrele (41 km from Dedalo) the stone city rich in history and monuments , is a towm which dates back to prehistoric and italic times. The town is famous for handicraft production, especially in metalworking. In fact, the presentosa, a typical Abruzzese jewel, is produced in Guardiagrele. There are several places of interest including thechurch of San Francesco, the church of San Nicola di Bari, the church of San Silvestro, the convent of the Capuchins, the church of San Rocco, the church of Santa Maria del Carmine, the church of Santa Chiara, the church of San Donato (the patron saint), the city gates (San Giovanni, San Pietro and the gate of the Wind or of Grele) towers (Orsini, Adriana, Stella, Santi Pietro and Gastaldo). There is also an Italic necropolis worth visiting nearby. in August don't miss the Crafts Market fair

L'Aquila (60 km from Dedalo) known as the Florence of Abruzzo was badly damaged in the 2009 earthquake and although debris is still all over the place you can still visit many of its places of interest. Don't miss the famous Spanish Castle, built to control the revolutionary inhabitants of L'Aquila, which houses the National Museum of Abruzzo where splendid specimens of Abruzzo art, including Roman and early Christian remains, wooden madonnas of the XII and XIII centuries are on display.
Saint Bernardine's is the largest renaissance Church in Abruzzi. Important also for its connection with the Templars - inscriptions and symbols are hidden around the Tomb of Bernardino da Siena who died in 1440.
Among the many churches in the Square, Santa Maria di Collemaggio is an impressive Templar church and the place where Celestine V was elected pope - which was the first and last non-conclave papal election in history. It is here that every year the re enactment of the Perdonanza takes place.Not to be missed the Fountain of the 99 pipes, with 99 spouts, that represent the 99 churches that were originally in the city.
North of L'Aquila are the remains of the ancient city of Amiternum, which was first occupied by the Sabines and later by the Romans, with remains of a theater, an amphitheater and baths.

Pescocostanzo (72 km from Dedalo)

Lanciano (75 km from Dedalo) was founded in 1181 BC by Solimus, a Troyan refugee arrived in Italy along with Aeneas. According to tradition, Lanciano is also the birthplace of Longinus the Roman centurion who thrust his spear into Jesus' side during the Crucifixion: Lanciano in Italian means "of the Spear". There are many things to see, but just visiting the sanctuary of the Eucharistic miracle is well worth the trip!

Campli, (98 km from Dedalo) at the foot of the mountains of Laga, it is replete with places to see and visit. The town was given to the Farnese family as a dowry and the family held the town until 1734.

Vasto (103 km from Dedalo) is a calm and friendly place, unpretentious and unspoilt, which overlooks a long sandy beach famous for its trabocchi, curious wooden contraptions used by local fishermen to catch fish - mainly prawns - without getting into the water.
In addition to the historical richness of the place, you should consider a visit to the Natural Reserve of Punta Aderci, a natural paradise.
Vasto is not only culture and nature, but also lots of fun as evenings are filled with crowds enjoying a drink in one of the many bars and clubs.

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