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The happy holiday home in Capestrano
Valle del Tirino - Abruzzo - Italia

Casa Fisolare is a holiday home with a garden and a salty swimming pool. It can host up to 5 people.

My name is Simonetta. I am a former photographer and copywriter. After living around for work and pleasure, since 2016 I have settled in Capestrano with my family, the birthplace of my maternal grandmother. We started a new life to the rhythm of the seasons

The house was born from a gesture of love. My daughter as a child drew small houses which she called “Case Fisolari”. She said that the people in there felt happy.

So on the slopes of the village of Capestrano, a dream came true.

In 2018 we finished renovating an old house, to make it available to those of us who love peace, simplicity and nature and want to spend some time away from the bustle of the city.

Casa Fisolare and its swimming pool are reserved exclusively for our guests.

Every two days we check the maintenance of water by accessing from the garden, usually when there is nobody in the house so as not to disturb.


As was once used for peasant houses, the main entrance leads directly into the kitchen equipped with everything you need, including dishwasher and washing machine. Going up a stone staircase, you enter the two bedrooms. The “Dreams” room and the “Sun” room can be double or twin beds. Both with private bathroom. Passing through the kitchen again you arrive in the living room which, if necessary, can become a third bedroom for an additional guest. Here too there is a bathroom. From the living room you go down to the garden where you can lose your gaze in the vastness of the surrounding landscape, or relax under the shade of the gazebo with a good glass of wine. Alternatively, bathe in the pool or sunbathe.


In these parts, life is made of walks in the pristine nature of the Tirino Valley, half of which is inside the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park. Otherwise, of slow steps between the alleys and the small squares of a village, whose authenticity has not been lost over time. In the main square of the village, which dominates the medieval Castle of the Piccolomini family, there are two restaurants, one specialty meat and the other river fish, a wine shop, a craft bar / ice cream shop, bank and ATM, a fruit and vegetable shop and two mini-markets. In the valley there are other restaurants and two stables. 

But the real protagonist of the territory and from which the valley takes its name, is Tirino, one of the clearest rivers in Europe. It is mainly fed by two large springs, Capo d’Acqua and Presciano, from whose fountains the water that comes directly from the Gran Sasso is collected and drunk. Along its course, there are fertile soil, different types of plants: cattails, sedges and gray willow. For bird watchers or nature photographers, this is the ideal place. You can often admire the moorhens, the pigs, the kingfisher, the yellow ballerina and the dipper. 

In winter, the loops of the river are home to numerous dives, coots, gray herons and various species of ducks. On the reeds, however, the marsh marshes gather. Even the Royal Albanella chooses this wonderful place of unspoiled nature as a wintering area.

At least once, I invite you to explore it on foot, in venerable silence. You will get in touch

with the soul of this valley. You can also go horseback riding and mountain biking, or guided canoe excursions.


Capestrano is located right in the center of the region. Casa Fisolare is therefore a good starting point for excursions both in the mountains and to the sea, about 30/45 minutes both.

You cannot leave without having seen the famous Rocca di Calascio, which leaves everyone breathless for the spectacular view it offers to the gaze of visitors. Not far away is another medieval village, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, where you can get lost in the typical alleys and numerous local craft shops but revised with the creativity of the owners.

Also worth a walk is my hometown of L’Aquila, the capital of 99 cannelle (fountains) and 99 churches, and Sulmona, the city of Ovid also known for its delicious confetti (sugared almonds). In these parts, I would like to visit the famous hermitages of the Majella National Park including that of Sant’Onofrio known as Pope Celestino V. Secular places of worship, built by hand and set in the rock, by the first men of faith who landed in Abruzzo again before the year one thousand.

To spend a pleasant day at the beach you can reach the Adriatic coast of the province of Pescara. Going a little further south, there is the wonderful coast of the Trabocchi. Between the cities of Ortona and Vasto, here you can eat excellent fish in the stilt houses on the sea, called Trabocchi. Once they were used for fishing and today, they have been transformed into very popular restaurants. In case I recommend booking well in advance.

My favourite places in Capestrano
Abazia di San Pietro ad Oratorium
Il Convento di San Giovanni e la sua biblioteca
La casa di  San Giovanni da Capestrano
ll castello Piccolomini
Lago di Capo D’Acqua
Lago Di Vatormina
Ponte San Martino
Fiume Tirino

My favourite places in the province of L’Aquila
Rocca di Calascio
Santo Stefano di Sessanio
L’altopiano di Campo Imperatore e il Gran Sasso
Peltuinum, Prata D’Ansidonia
San Pietro in Cryptis, Ofena
Santa Maria Assunta e San Pellegrino, Bominaco
Le grotte di Stiffe, Stiffe
I Tolos, Villa Santa Lucia degli Abruzzi
Gli eremi della Majella

My favourite places in the province of Chieti
Il Museo Archeologico Nazionale d’Abruzzo di Chieti (dove è conservato Il Guerriero di Capestrano)
I Trabocchi, Costa adriatica tra Ortona e Vasto

Chi sono

I lead a simple life and I have the time to devote to my activities that I didn’t have before. In addition to taking care of Casa Fisolare I am one of the three organizers of Strano Film Festival, the international film festival dedicated to the Earth which takes place here every year at the end of August. I have been a vegetarian for more than thirty years, I teach Hatha Yoga and I am madly in love with my magical valley. This is why, as a pioneer, I wanted to start a TAM TAM between friends and friends of friends, so that Capestrano could become a meeting point for artists, thinkers and dreamers from all over the world.

The change has therefore begun.

I invite you to get to know my land. Here everything flows slowly, like its river, like in fairy tales.


Contact me to find out more or to know the available dates of Casa Fisolare

Come arrivare
By plane:

Pescara: Liberi  airport is located about 60 km east of Capestrano, in the city of Pescara. You can rent a car or take the TUA bus to Capestrano.

Roma: Ciampino and Fiumicino airports are well connected. You can take the train or the bus to Tiburtina station from where buses leave for L’Aquila of the Flixbus, Dicarlo, Gaspari bus lines. From L’Aquila you then take a bus to Capestrano with the TUA bus lines. Alternatively, Prontobus leaves directly from Ciampino and Fiumicino for Torre de ‘Passeri. Note: this stop is located 25 km from Capestrano – if you want a driver on arrival, contact me in advance to book one.

On the bus:

Capestrano can be reached from Rome, Pescara and L’Aquila with the TUA bus line. In L’Aquila at the Collemaggio terminal take the bus to Capestrano TUA.

By train:

The closest stations are respectively in Bussi, Popoli and Sulmona. The TUA bus line serves all these stations. Visit the Trenitalia website for timetables and tickets.

By car:

Whether you come from east or west on the A25 you have to take the Bussi-Popoli exit and then the SS153 to the SS602 and you will arrive in Capestrano.


It is however preferable to rent a car. Local public transport is limited to certain times only and makes it difficult to fully experience this incredible area.

Car rental Sulmona: Orso  

Car rental L’Aquila Chieti Pescara:  HertzEuropcar

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