If you want to experience the rustic Italian lifestyle then Carunchio is the ideal base. The groundfloor apartment is basic and rustic giving you a simplistic setting within which to embrace a basic style of living during your stay. The original floors are rugged and the walls have a certain character. The kitchen provides a gas hob, full size electric oven, hot and cold running water with a reserve tank for times of water restriction. Cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery, kettle, microwave and fridge. The main bedroom is accessed by a small set of stairs from the kitchen and has a kingsize bed with a headboard made from a recycled window. From the main room there is a further room which doubles as a cool dressing room and has a small bed suitable for a child or teenager which also has an ensuite shower and toilet room where the water heater is located.
Outside there is a pop-up garden which is installed when guests are booked in so as the sun goes down your garden lights up. Table and chairs are light and easy to assemble so that you can enjoy breakfast, lunches and dinner outdoors in this rustic setting.
The village dates back to 1173 and comprises of quaint village back streets and a tranquil Piazza where there is a small bar frequented by the gentlemen, young and old, sharing a beer and playing cards. Local ladies go about their domestic business and tend to work hard on the land growing produce to tide them over during the winter months. Wild Cinghiale (Baby Wild Boar) with their humbug stripes are indigenous to Carunchio and the surrounding areas feeding on fallen fruits as the Autumn sets in
Just 2 doors away there is a village store where Isabella is very friendly and manages to communicate well with our guests, she has a sense of humour which also helps. You can buy meats, cheeses, pasta, vegetables, wines, beers and more. Along the street towards the Piazza you will find a bakery which serves fresh Rosetta Rolls every morning from 8.30am, ideal for lunch pack ups for your days out.
There are several surrounding villages, Palmoli , Friane, Liscia, Roccaspinelveti and within 30 to 40 minutes you can be on the beach.
Carunchio is first mentioned in 1173 in a papal bull that confirmed the boundaries of the diocese of Chieti. It was later held by the d'Avalos and Caracciolo families. Formerly the town was in another area, perhaps in Taverna, but then was moved to where it is today in medieval times, because of raids by Saracens and Slavs.