Popoli, located in the province of Pescara, was owned by the Bishops of Valva and Sulmona, then by the Abbey of San Clemente in Casauria. In 1140 Ruggero I assigned the town to Boemondo of Tarsia, in 126 Carlo I to Giacomo Cantelmo.
It remained under the Cantelmo until 1750. The castle that was built in 1015 by the Bishop Tidolfo, was rebuilt later by the Cantelmo. The Ducal country pub, apparently built by Giovanni Cantelmo in the fourteenth century as a warehouse, became later a resting place and an exchange horses place for the stagecoach.
Manoppello, located in the province of Pescara, was founded by the Longobards and in 1243 it was conquered by Montone. The S.Maria Arabona Abbey was the first Cistercian church built in Abruzzo in 1208 and it has never been finished. It was probably built on the ruins of a pagan temple.
Not far away, on the other hand, there is the Roman Villa, dating back to the turn of the second and first century BC which was transformed into a villa in the imperial age. It presents interesting mosaics and private baths. The Basilica of Volto Santo, instead, preserves a precious relic that was brought in 1506 by an unknown pilgrim.
A holiday at the Agriturismo Villa Pardi, located in Abruzzo in Manoppello in the province of Pescara, will give you the opportunity to admire Serramonacesca, which is also located in the province of Pescara.
It is a hamlet with just over five hundred people, where the S.Onofrio hermitage, built by the Benedictines, that stands 750 meters tall is of particular interest. Inside the church, you can admire the ancient structure of the hermitage.
The S.Liberatore alla Maiella Abbey represents what is considered one of the oldest monasteries in Abruzzo. According to a legend it was founded by Charlemagne. The ancient religious structure is inserted in a picturesque setting of great naturalistic value. Not far away there is the complex of the rock tombs of S.Liberatore alla Maiella. Then the ruins of Menardo Castle are of particular interest, which is also not far from the Abbey and the Tower of Polegra, of Longobard origin.