1. Count 1407 steps

The village is perched on the Majella. You can wander around alleys, narrow streets, houses carved into the stone, all surrounded by 1407 steps.

How to do it?
Park your car in one of the available parking lots and walk into the historic centre.

2. Run into a wolf

You will be welcomed by a wolf, you will tread its tracks, you will hear its howling at dusk, until you meet it live. You will remain silent, you will look into your eyes, and if you are lucky you will be able to take a picture. You will receive many likes, trust me!
How to do it?
The “Rotonda del Lupo” is located along the main road 539 (SP539) at the point known as “la Forchetta”.
The “Area Faunistica del Lupo” is located along the SS614 about 2 km from the town centre.For more information, please contact:

Centro ambientale “Il Grande Faggio”
Via Fonte Palombo, 36 – 66010 Pretoro (CH)
Phone (+39) 0871 898143 – 335 5995995
Email info@ilgrandefaggio.it

3. Smell the scent of wood

From the beechwood to the village, you will find lots of wood shavings. Craftsmen of spindle, turners and carvers… here are our professions. Look up and a spindle will guide you in our traditions.
How to do it?
In Piazza Madonna della Libera (Via Casere), near the tourist office, you will find the workshops of the Filoso brothers, craftsmen of spindle and wood carvers. You will find also the Marcantonio weaved chairs shop. In Piazza Dietro Corte (Via Fonte Palombo), you will find the workshop of Mastro Tonino. Near the church of Saint Andrea, in the rooms of the former rectory, some works by Mastro Tonino are exhibited.

For more information on opening hours of the former rectory museum, please contact:
Tourist Office
Piazza Madonna della Libera, 66010 Pretoro (CH)
Phone (+39) 333 5703508
Email prolocopretoro@gmail.com

4. Roll up a snake around your neck

In Pretoro everything is possible, you can be bitten by a snake if you don’t have the “laccetto” (a traditional bracelet made of thread). On the first Sunday of May, during the feast of San Domenico Abate, you will be able to participate in the award ceremony of snakes and the sacred representation of “Lu Lope”.
The feast of San Domenico Abate occurs every first Sunday of May. During the rest of the year you can visit the Wolf Museum in Via Purgatorio.

For more information on opening hours of the Wolf Museum, please contact:
Tourist Office
Piazza Madonna della Libera, 66010 Pretoro (CH)
Phone (+39) 333 5703508
Email prolocopretoro@gmail.com

5. Make pasta with “Lu carratore”

Even the best Michelin-starred chefs use it in the kitchen and to make “pasta alla chitarra” it is essential. A lot of practice must be done to have a pasta stretched to perfection and a 5-hour cooking sauce that will allow you to earn the title of Mastro Carratore. Put your hands in the dough!

How to do it?
You have 3 options:

  1. If you want to practice, we advise you to call the restaurant “La Torre” and ask the chef Concetta D’Innocenzo if there are cooking classes on the program and if there are any places available.
    Ristorante La Torre
    Via Rua di Livio, 1 – 66010 Pretoro (CH)
    Phone (+39) 0871 898400 – 320 2632046
  2. On the other hand, if you want to get a rolling pin, guitars and forks to practice at home, come and visit us at the Tourist Office and we will satisfy your requests.
    Tourist Office
    Piazza Madonna della Libera, 66010 Pretoro (CH)
    Phone (+39) 333 5703508
    Email prolocopretoro@gmail.com
  3. Finally, if you want to eat, make reservations at one of our restaurants.

6. At meat with the brigands

Sit on top of the Majella. For a long time it has been a refuge for bandits and brigands. On the path you will find significant traces and incisions on the rock among which the most important is the “Table of the Brigands”.
How to do it?
You can take the route individually starting from the Rifugio Pomilio in the Mamma Rosa area / Maielletta We; or contact one of our expert guides: they will also be able to suggest you other excursions.

Maurizio Fanciulli – Accompagnatore di Media Montagna
Via Cerreto, 8, 66010 Pretoro (CH)
Phone (+39) 327.2845473
Emailmauriziofanc@libero.it

Centro ambientale “Il Grande Faggio”
Via Fonte Palombo, 36 – 66010 Pretoro (CH)
Phone (+39) 0871 898143 – 335 5995995
Email info@ilgrandefaggio.it

7. Learn the pretorese

Translate the following words:

  • scòcciap’gn’t’
  • f’cuózz’
  • pacchéut’
  • ran’lèun’
  • ranc’t’m’

How to proceed?
Go in search of the Pretorese / Italian vocabulary or knock on someone’s door and you will find the solution.

How to do it?
You can buy the Pretorese / Italian vocabulary and much more at our tourist office:

Tourist Office
Piazza Madonna della Libera, 66010 Pretoro (CH)
Phone (+39) 333 5703508
Email prolocopretoro@gmail.com

8. Open a window on the sea

Pavarotti more or less sang: “..voglio vivere così, col mare in fronte..”.
How to do it?
Take a walk inside the village and look for panoramic viewpoints and balconies: from the top the sea looks better!

9. Challenging the Blockhaus by bike

A climb that has made the history of cycling, decreeing the first victory of Eddy Merckx on the roads of the Giro d’Italia. He was a promising young Belgian, he was 21 and the legend of the Cannibal was born in Abruzzo, on the Blockhaus, where the Giro d’Italia came for the first time on May 31, 1967. Only for tough guys!
How to do it?
If you have a bike, try climbing our mountains! Otherwise, you can rent an E-Bike at our tourist office.

For more information and rental, please contact:
Tourist Office
Piazza Madonna della Libera, 66010 Pretoro (CH)
Phone (+39) 333 5703508
Email prolocopretoro@gmail.com

10. Conducting an orchestra

Walking through the village, guess the musical instrument. Clarinet, piano, flute, saxophone, drum, trumpet and trombones, you’ll feel like to direct an orchestra. Pretoro is the city of musicians!

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