Have you ever visited a Necropolis? In the small town of Campovalano within the municipality of Campli, in Abruzzo, there is one of the most important Necropolis of central Italy, with tombs dating from the 10th century BC (late Bronze age) until the 2nd century BC (Roman conquest). Those tombs were from pre-Italic populations, the ‘Pretuzi’ (Pretuttii), a small tribe belonging to the larger group of ‘Piceni’ (Picenian) who were mainly living of their pastoral life.
Until now the Archaeologists have excavated around 680 tombs and these excavations have made possible to ascertain the great size of the necropolis and the wealth of the tombs. (From recent research, tombs are supposed to be 20 thousand still uncovered).
I have a special connection with this place, no just because I live here, but most importantly because my Nonno (Grandfather) discovered this Necropolis during the late seventies when his cows and plow he was working the fields of the church. For this reason I now many exclusive stories he used to tell me when I was younger, and I will be more than happy to share them with you.
Guided by a local archaeologist
Accompanied by the local friend & archaeologist who showed us an exclusive skeleton rests from a tumb of about 3000 years ago.
In a few words, is a magic place, little known even by locals that need absolutely to be visited.
Unlike pyramids, It was not possible in the past to go inside the tombs, so it was decided to build a ‘Tumulo multimediale’ a realistic recreation of the tomb to allow visitors to explore it from the inside and see how the body and artefacts were placed.
The reconstruction is of an exceptional big tomb with a diameter of 25 meters, the largest found in Abruzzo.
King or Warrior?
The reconstruction is of an exceptional big tomb with a diameter of 25 meters, the largest found in Abruzzo. Just one person was buried here, supposedly the ‘king’ or a ‘warrior’, anyways of high importance. Also, it was found a chariot, a huge terracotta amphora and other exclusive artefacts. Inside is also possible to admire pictures of some of the artefacts found & archaeological works during the seventies.
Archaeological Museum of Campli
Part of the real artefacts can be found at the local museum of Campli, just 3 minutes drive from the Necropolis. If you are interested in history, this is a must-go place.
From 9 to 15 Monday to Friday
From 9 to 13 on Saturdays
Closed on Sundays
Tuesday-Sunday from 9 to 19:30
Close on Mondays
Entrance 3€ adults – 1€ kids
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The Best Events nearby Campovalano
Sagra del Tartufo di Campovalano, one of the best food festival in Abruzzo. The truffle festival in Campovalano is a must go. Yearly during the whole second week of Jul, locals from all over the region come to this festival to taste exclusive truffle based meals. Big portion, amazing quality, lots of truffle, fast service despite the queue and ridiculous prices. 6-7€ for a huge portion.
When: 2nd week of July
Where: Campovalano (Province of Teramo)
Avg. price: 6€
Craft beer Festival Civitella del Tronto
Taste lots of locals and international craft beers and walk through the narrow street of the ancient town of Civitella del Tronto.
When: 3rd week of July
Where: Civitella del Tronto
Avg. price for a beer: 3€
Craft beer Festival Castellalto
The best craft beer festival in Abruzzo and beyond. More than 200 craft beers, local and internationals to taste through the 7 nights. Accompanied by live music and food stalls placed in the different parts of the medieval town.
When: 4th to 10th of August 2019 – from 19pm to 1am
Where: Castellalto (Province of Teramo)
Avg. price: 3€
The ancient ‘sagra’ (festival) of Abruzzo. More than 20 ‘Maestri porchettai’ (porchetta’s artisans) fight to win the aspiring contest to win with the best porchetta of Abruzzo.
When: 3rd week of July
Avg. price: 3€
The ‘Virtù’ Is a traditional dish made in Teramo, in Abruzzo only on the first of May. This ancient ‘minestra’ (soup), is prepared following an ancient complex recipe (3 days to make it), believed to be propitiatory, so much to intrigue foodies, chefs and anthropologists from all over the world.
Made up of about 50 ingredients among different types of beans, legumes, chickpeas, seasonal vegetables, wild herbs, cut of meats all carefully prepared and cooked separately. A propitiatory dish to clean the pantry and welcome the warm season.
When: 1st of May
Where: Different restaurants in Teramo – I’m planning to organise a 7-10 day Tour where we will be preparing the dish and exploring the region, contact us for more info.
Avg. price: €25
9 Places you should not miss nearby Campovalano
Campli & the Holy Stair
Recently awarded as ‘one of the most beautiful hamlets of Italy’. Located among the mountains of the “Gran Sasso & Monti dell Laga” National Park and the Adriatic coast in Abruzzo. Also, holding 1 of the 3 Holy stairs in the world.
Civitella del Tronto
It is one of the most beautiful hamlets in Italy. Civitella del Tronto secretly holds the narrowest street of Italy and its famous fortress. Built by the Spanish and now holding the primate to be the second-largest fortress in Europe.
Once an ancient Roman city, it still holds its ancient Romani ruins, architectural and artistic treasures. Have a look at my blog post on Teramo to discover more.
Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Louvre in Paris, and other international museums collect the Castelli majolica ceramic, one of Italy’s most important ceramic traditions. You can visit the workshops of some of the fifty Artigiani, as well as the ceramic museum and the stunning ‘Sistine Chapel’ of Castelli, a whole church covered by hand-made ceramic tiles from the 15 & 16 century.
Controguerra & Torano Nuovo
Hilltop villages famous for wine production
Giulianova ‘alta’ (at the top) a hilltop medieval town with narrow streets and beautiful decor. instead, Giulianova ‘bassa’ (at the bottom), famous for its fishing harbour and ‘lungomare’ (seafront).
Montorio al Vomano
Small hilltop village full of history and excellent family owned food & craft artisans.
For its amazing lake and nature
Once was within the region of Abruzzo, now part of the Lazio region, most famous for spaghetti or better ‘Bucatini alla Amatriciana’, as well as its guanciale (pork’s cheek). Unfortunately is under reconstruction due to the recent earthquake.
If you are looking for organising your travels in this area of Abruzzo, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me.
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