Casa Rosa’s Pratola Guidebook

Gary
Casa Rosa’s Pratola Guidebook

Sightseeing

The cathedral in the main Piazza, just a 5 minute walk from Casa Rosa. The nicest way to walk there is to take the path up opposite Via Firenze.
Maria Ss. Della Libera
3 Vico Santa Croce
The cathedral in the main Piazza, just a 5 minute walk from Casa Rosa. The nicest way to walk there is to take the path up opposite Via Firenze.
Local and beautiful. Explore the amazing old eremito (if it’s open). Swim in the river pools by the molino when the weather is hot.
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Hermitage of San Venancio
70 Strada Statale 5
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Local and beautiful. Explore the amazing old eremito (if it’s open). Swim in the river pools by the molino when the weather is hot.
Pacentro is a beautiful village to visit. If you have time to explore any of the wider Majella, then do! Recommended websites to visit for local itineraries, excursions and various sports activities including hiking include: www.majellando.it www.caminareinabruzzo.it For adventurous hikers, my (Gary’s) personal favourite hike is to drive up to Colle delle Vacche and from there walk to the Eremito di Santa Croche / St Pietro. On a good day you can then also summit Mt Morrone to make a quite brillant loop. The views - of both the Peligna valley and the Adriatic Sea - are fabulous, and at the end of the day you can return to Casa Rosa’s terrace with a cold beer and admire your route from afar :) Walking in any mountains can be dangerous, so be sure to take a good map and plan your hike properly in advance. Monte Amaro is the highest peak in the Maiella and if you do make it to the summit then please let me know - I’m intending to climb it myself soon and would love to hear about your experience.
Majella National Park Information Center
Pacentro is a beautiful village to visit. If you have time to explore any of the wider Majella, then do! Recommended websites to visit for local itineraries, excursions and various sports activities including hiking include: www.majellando.it www.caminareinabruzzo.it For adventurous hikers, my (Gary’s) personal favourite hike is to drive up to Colle delle Vacche and from there walk to the Eremito di Santa Croche / St Pietro. On a good day you can then also summit Mt Morrone to make a quite brillant loop. The views - of both the Peligna valley and the Adriatic Sea - are fabulous, and at the end of the day you can return to Casa Rosa’s terrace with a cold beer and admire your route from afar :) Walking in any mountains can be dangerous, so be sure to take a good map and plan your hike properly in advance. Monte Amaro is the highest peak in the Maiella and if you do make it to the summit then please let me know - I’m intending to climb it myself soon and would love to hear about your experience.
Worth the drive and walk up for simply unforgettable views. If you prefer to avoid the crowds then do it on a weekday.
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Rocca Calascio
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Worth the drive and walk up for simply unforgettable views. If you prefer to avoid the crowds then do it on a weekday.

Beaches, Lakes and Rivers

Pratola’s own outdoor public swimming pool, with bar and snacks, only 10 mins walk from Casa Rosa. Great for spending a hot afternoon lounging and splashing with friends or family.
Via delle Rimembranze
Pratola’s own outdoor public swimming pool, with bar and snacks, only 10 mins walk from Casa Rosa. Great for spending a hot afternoon lounging and splashing with friends or family.
Beautiful and clean wooded local river spot, with free public barbecues (firewood included!) only a 10-minute drive from Pratola. Great for cooling off on a hot day.
La Solfa
Beautiful and clean wooded local river spot, with free public barbecues (firewood included!) only a 10-minute drive from Pratola. Great for cooling off on a hot day.
Lago di Scanno is a stunningly beautiful lake to spend the day beside, surrounded by mountains. Park near the cafe, swim in the cool water, have a picnic on the grass and rent a pedalo (10€ per hour).
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Lago di Scanno is a stunningly beautiful lake to spend the day beside, surrounded by mountains. Park near the cafe, swim in the cool water, have a picnic on the grass and rent a pedalo (10€ per hour).
Unforgettable! A stunning river - one of the top 5 cleanest in Europe. Well worth the €60 per canoe for a 2h river trip with guide.
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Il Bosso
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Unforgettable! A stunning river - one of the top 5 cleanest in Europe. Well worth the €60 per canoe for a 2h river trip with guide.
Our favourite beach so far! A bit further to drive than Pescara, but more beautiful and much cleaner.
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Torre del Cerrano Marine Protected Area
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Our favourite beach so far! A bit further to drive than Pescara, but more beautiful and much cleaner.

Restaurants

These are a few of our favourite places to eat out in and near Pratola. A variety of price ranges, all offering great local food, great service and good value. (A new hidden secret for amazing takeaway pizza in Pratola - including out of hours - is Pizza Bodeguita near the autostrada. At the time of writing it’s not even on Google maps but head to In’S Mercato and you’ll find it.)
Our local favourite for lunch and/or dinner. Great local food at good prices (so much more than pizza!). Only a 10-minute walk from Casa Rosa. Try the “Zuppa Della Casa” for a hearty and healthy filler.
Ristorante Pizzeria Il Carro
52 Via degli Appennini
Our local favourite for lunch and/or dinner. Great local food at good prices (so much more than pizza!). Only a 10-minute walk from Casa Rosa. Try the “Zuppa Della Casa” for a hearty and healthy filler.
Go for lunch, sit outside and ask for the local tasting menu. The number and quality of plates and courses is amazing. Best if you’re hungry!
Agriturismo Costa del Gallo
Go for lunch, sit outside and ask for the local tasting menu. The number and quality of plates and courses is amazing. Best if you’re hungry!
A favourite with locals for a great meal in the evening.
Ristorante Pizzeria Villa Letizia
7 Viale Europa
A favourite with locals for a great meal in the evening.
A favourite with locals for simple pizza and pasta in the evening.
Pizzeria L'800
4 Via Case Iorii
A favourite with locals for simple pizza and pasta in the evening.
Really special. Amazing food, views and service at a reasonable price. Pacentro is also lovely for an after-meal walk (visit the twin towers for 360 degree views).
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Taverna de li Caldora
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Really special. Amazing food, views and service at a reasonable price. Pacentro is also lovely for an after-meal walk (visit the twin towers for 360 degree views).
Lovely restaurant with outdoor tables in a wooded valley up in the mountains - great for escaping the heat of summer.
Ristorante Rifugio Campetto degli Alpini
1 Località Campetto degli alpini
Lovely restaurant with outdoor tables in a wooded valley up in the mountains - great for escaping the heat of summer.

Caffè / Aperitivi

Visit these in the morning for great coffee and pastry with friendly service and good prices. Italian style! Or in the evening for a pre-dinner Spritz. Just Caffè, with outdoor seating near Garbage Live, is also a good spot in the evening.
Our favourite for a morning cappuccino, right opposite the Cathedral. The nicest way to walk there from Casa Rosa is to take the path up opposite Via Firenze.
Caffè del Corso
3 Via IV Novembre
Our favourite for a morning cappuccino, right opposite the Cathedral. The nicest way to walk there from Casa Rosa is to take the path up opposite Via Firenze.
Close to Casa Rosa and best for an aperitivo (Spritz!) - good views from the outdoor seating.
Caffe'900
Close to Casa Rosa and best for an aperitivo (Spritz!) - good views from the outdoor seating.
Now renamed “Rewind”. By the cathedral entrance - worth visiting for the funky ceiling!
Bar Tarantelli
6 Via Nazario Sauro
Now renamed “Rewind”. By the cathedral entrance - worth visiting for the funky ceiling!
Great for savoury snacks and, well, sweet treats!
Dolci Momenti
32 Via Nazario Sauro
Great for savoury snacks and, well, sweet treats!

Bars and Clubs

A surprisingly good Pratola bar scene on weekend evenings, with a bohemian feel and great tunes, and sometimes live music in the cellar later on. Stop here on your way back from a good meal at Il Carro and enjoy the “Pratola movida”!
Garbage Live Club
1 Via Levante
A surprisingly good Pratola bar scene on weekend evenings, with a bohemian feel and great tunes, and sometimes live music in the cellar later on. Stop here on your way back from a good meal at Il Carro and enjoy the “Pratola movida”!

Bread and Groceries

Nearest local bakery, a short walk down through the old quarter.
La Bottega Del Pane Di De Santis Bruno
32 Piazza I Maggio
Nearest local bakery, a short walk down through the old quarter.
The easiest local stop for food essentials with a good range of local products.
Carrefour Market - Supermarket
The easiest local stop for food essentials with a good range of local products.