Gamberale is a very small village in the Maiella mountains and a part of the Maiella National Park.
Situated at 1343 m above sea level ( the same height as Ben Nevis) it has a commanding view of the Val di Sangro.
The village dates back to the XII century although not much remains from this time. Gamberale had a strategic position during WW2 as the highest village in the Chieti province and was occupied by the Germans on the Gustav line. Many of the villagers were displaced and from then there was heavy migration of entire families to America, Australia, and Argentina.
As there are only a few year-round residents, that means there are limited services in the village. Pizzoferrato at 3 1/2 km has bars, restaurants, ATM,s and a variety of shops. There is also a small market on Friday mornings
Gamberale is very remote with limited public transport options so we strongly suggest that you hire a car, this also opens up sightseeing opportunities as there are so many options to visit within an hour's drive..
Closest Airports to Gamberale
Pescara – 100 KM ( 90 minutes )
Naples 154 KM ( 2 hours 30 minutes)
Rome 217 KM (3 hours 15 minutes)
These airports are well served from the UK with Pescara having flights from Stanstead and Manchester
The options though are endless and you can choose to make your own itinerary. Daringly drive along the Amalfi coast for a few days before the quiet of the mountains or spend time in the Eternal city.
Places to visit
Abruzzo has the beauty of the seaside and the mountains and is usually within an hour's drive. Check out the Costa Trabocchi where fishing platforms have been turned into seafood restaurants, or relax for a day at the many blue flag beaches along the coast.
Closer to us there is Pescocostanzo which is renowned for its Artisinal crafts of gold jewellry, lace, and wrought iron. It has also been regularly voted as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
Roccaraso and the 100km of ski slopes is 30km from the B&B. Definitely a must-visit in both the winter and summer seasons.
Castel di Sangro is the closest commercial town with its weekly market and abundance of bars and restaurants.
The Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo is also a must see with Lago di Barrea and Pescasseroli.