Nearby Roccamontepiano there are other interesting places worthy to be visited because of their natural and artistic resources and their gastronomy specialties.

Among the others, “La Casa dei Nonni” points out:

· Pretoro (CH) 5 km awayit is a typical mediaeval village, castled on Majella’s slopes. It is well-known for its crafts, in particular for its wood working shops. The village road map keeps untouched the medieval frame of defense. Some parts of “Cantelmo Castle”, the old fortification, are still visible: 3 towers of the boundary wall and the castle walls, situated at the highest point of the village. In the centre of the village, among the buildings, the ruins of the medieval towers are still visible. Those and the thirteen century Hermitage of “Madonna della Mazza” are the most important evidences of the history of the village. The first Sunday of May is dedicated to St. Dominic with the a mystery recalling the Miracle of the Saint who saved a baby who was kidnapped by a wolf. Before the mystery, a performance of snake charmers takes place. Every 9, 10, 11 of August, it is celebrated another fair which is called “St. Lorenz’s Nights. Waiting for shooting stars”. It is an itinerant festival dedicated to the rediscovery of the local traditions. This outdoor market takes place throughout the narrow alleys of the village and there you can find antique crafts made products and food. In the squares you can enjoy the local gastronomy specialties.

· Guardiagrele (CH) 16 km away:  D’Annunzio used to call the village “the noble city of stone” as it is meanly built using the Majella stone. Guardiagrele is a city of art and in its old centre there still are traces of the old city wall. Among the small buildings, typical constructions of the XVIII and XIX century, the church of Santa Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Major) stands out. It is the most important monument of the village both for its stony façade and for its thirteen century tower bell, which has been restored many times. The interior of the building is in Baroque style and it houses a little museum, the Dome Museum, in which many sculptures, holy vessels, paraments and the remains of the silver cross made by Nicola da Guardiagrele are stored. The village notoriety is mainly due to the important inheritance received from the great masters of minor arts, first of all, Nicola da Guardiagrele, famous gold jeweler and pupil of Lorenzo Ghilberti, in Florence. The principal craft is the art of wrought iron-working, well-known all over the world. In August, an important Crafts Exhibition takes place in order to enhance and spread this art-related culture. Guardiagrele is well-known also for its pastry specialties, in particular for the so-called “Sise delle Monache” which literally means “Nuns’ Breast”. It is a sweet made up of 3 cream puffs stuffed with custard and dust with icing sugar.

“La Casa dei Nonni” is in Roccamontepiano. The village lies on the foothill of a plateau called Montepiano (500m a.s.l), on the Majella’s west side, and it is named after it. Roccamontepiano deserves the name of “Majella’s Graden” thanks to its old woodlands and its lush springs (among which Alento river).

Nowadays the population of the village is split into many districts rebuilt in the 19th century, since an impetuous rock slide, dated on 24 June 1765, had destroyed the original complex which was more north-oriented than the existing one.

Roccamontepiano is well-known for St Roch’s Day (15-16 of August) during which thousands of devotees and believers crowd the streets of the village. Those pilgrims go and draw the miraculous water from the fountain and the cave dedicated to the Saint (downtown), using a clay water pitcher.

Because of this tradition the pottery has spread in Roccamontepiano too,thanks to the creations of a local industry, “Ceramiche Capetola”.

It’s worth to go and visit the Monastery of Caracciolini Fathers (Clerics Regular Minor) and the ruins of St. Peter’s Abbey Church, the oldest monument of the village which has recently been restored. Fortunately, it was not completely destroyed from the rock slide in 1765. The plateau called Montepiano is always crowed thanks to its open spaces and picnic areas well equipped with benches, tables and barbecue grills. There is also a football field.