About the area

The Majella Massif

One of the most impressive features of the villa is that it faces the Majella , a massif in and a part of the Appenines. We really think our views of the area are unparalleled, and we hope that our guests will unwind immediately and, should they feel inspired, take advantage of the many sights and wonders that this region has to offer.

Close to Casoli

The villa is in a rural area, but it’s only 5 minute drive, from the hilltop village of Casoli, where all amenities are available, such as pharmacies, coffee shops, supermarkets, bars, post office and hairdressers. There are many authentic well priced restaurants close by, all with excellent choices of wine. You can really get the feeling of being a part of the heartland of Italy, without throngs of tourists and overpriced restaurants and coffee shops.

The coast

We are a 25 minute drive to the coast,with virtually no traffic,where there is a choice of sand or stone beaches, including several prestigious blue flag beaches.

Of course there are many delicious restaurants that line the coast, including the famous “trabocci”. These were once fishermen piers, and several have now been converted into open dining restaurants, a unique experience, where you can sample the specialty dishes all paired with fine wines from the region.

Skiing

Villa Di Stelle is also located approximately 40-50 minutes respectively from 2 skiing resorts. The closer of the two, Passo Lanciano, is also a very scenic drive be it summer or winter. The other resort is Roccaraso.

For those wishing to book in the winter months, Villa Di Stelle , is a very romantic setting for a break, and the main bedroom (sotto) has its own fireplace, a perfect setting to snuggle up. By November, the Majella is usually capped with snow.

Getting around

A car is essential here as within an hour radius from Villa di Stelle, there are hilltop villages, small towns, cities, historical places of interest, castles, and colourful markets.

Sights

Some of our favourite places include Fara San Martino , home of De Cecco and Delverde pasta. There you can take a tour of the pasta factory (and there’s a shop!), walk through the mountains to an old monastery, or have a picnic next to the aquamarine waters which flow down from the mountains, and it’s that water, that makes the pasta so special.

Crecchio,another favourite of ours, is a medieval little village, dominated by its castle, which dates back to the 11th century, and has an exhibition from Etruscan and Byzantium eras.

Roccascalegna castle was built as a defensive structure built between the 11th and 12th century. It’s steeped in history, and its position on top of a rocky ledge makes it look quite surreal. It dominates the town below and is open to the public (quite a steep climb up the stairs). There are several “spooky” legends attached to the castle, and when you look at it ,it’s easy to understand why!

In the Majella National Park – the largest in Europe, there are over 500km of hiking trails for the fit and adventurous. There are also caves to be found with cave paintings at Grotto Sant’Angelo and Grotto del Cavallone (this being one of the deepest caves open to the public in Europe).

The primary objective for our guests at Villa di stelle, is that you have a choice of very different types of sights to view, sun and sea, but best of all….

We hope you just kick back your heels, let loose, and chill out with a glass of wine .From the pool or deck, or just out of any window, you can drink in one of the most splendid views and breathe in the fresh air and goodness!