Good to see several very positive reviews in Italian - now one in English.
We stayed 3 nights at the Locanda del Parco in the middle of August. The building has been lovingly restored and our lovely room, with a view over the Sirentina National Park, was clean, comfortable and well equipped. But the main feature of our visit was the warm welcome offered by Paolo and Guilia who couldn't do enough to ensure we had an enjoyable stay. They gave us hints for trips, booked restaurants and visits and became instant friends. The smell of Guilia's baking in the afternoons was wonderful and the results when we got to try them at breakfast were outstanding, particularly the biscotti. Breakfast round the table with the other guests made an enjoyable start to the day.
After a few very hot weeks in the Marche we found the temperatures a few degrees lower and therefore pleasant.
Fontecchio is a lovely little village and in August there seemed to be an event of some kind every day. There are some good restaurants (notably La Fontana) and a busy bar in the main square where we were made very welcome. In the old town there is an interesting tower with Italy's oldest (?) working clock. All of this in easy walking distance.
In terms of excursions we particularly enjoyed the trip to the Pagliara, the village where the farmers took their animals to graze in the summer, and to the high mountain plain where we lunched in Rocca di Mezzo. We also saw the roe deer sanctuary and the Grotte di Stiffe so there was plenty to do
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Locanda del Parco è situata nella parte antica del paese di Fontecchio, a 25 Km da L'Aquila, nel cuore del Parco Nazionale Sirente-Velino. La Locanda è sita in una costruzione di origine cinquecentesca, mantenuta intatta da una ristrutturazione attenta anche ai dettagli architettonici. L'ambiente ospitale e cortese coniuga le caratteristiche della gente d'Abruzzo: atmosfera calda e rilassata per i pochi fortunati ospiti. ... more less
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