Abruzzolink: guided tours with locals


Capestrano: A long story of Saints and Warriors.

With Francesco Puglielli

Francesco Puglielli


Explore Capestrano through thrilling anecdotes and swashbuckling stories.

I invite you to visit Capestrano like almost no one else, to explore with me one of the most characteristic village in Abruzzo and  learn about the history of this Borgo and how it is that Capestrano is twin town to Budapest and why a famous mission in California is named Capistrano.

All of this started in 1386 when a baby named John was born here in my hometown, Capestrano. His father was a german baron while his mother was a lady from Abruzzo. That baby became, after an adventurous life, befriend with San Bernardino da Siena and contributed in 1456, aged 70, to stop the invasion of Maometto II in Belgrado. He became later well known as Saint John from Capestrano. He was very attached to his homeland and at death's door requested his brothers to bring back his books to his native village: Capestrano.

A short walk through the historic streets of the Borgo will bring  you to Saint John's house dating back to XIV century. Moreover we'll visit Sanit John's convent with its fabulous manuscripts. An unforgettable experience! Then the Castle Piccolomini, once belonged to the Medici family, will offer us a spectacular view on the Tirino valley.

But we won't forget to get acquainted to another famous warrior: the Capestrano's Warrior. It is considered the symbol of Abruzzo. The story of its discovering is almost as legendary as King Nevio Pompuledio which it represent.

In the afternoon, after a delicious light lunch based on local products, we'll go visit the church of San Pietro ad Oratorium and we'll try to decipher the mysterious words in-scripted in the stone. Finally, before going back home,  we'll have a break into nature admiring the clear waters of the Tirino river.

  • Tour and Guide Availability

    Please contact me to check availability and fix the date.
  • What's Included

    Guided tour of the Borgo to discover the life of Saint John.
  • What's not Included

    Everithing is not explicity mentioned. Lunch (we can have a light lunch at the restorant in the main square for about 15, 00euros). Transportation is not included. You can easily reach Capestrano by car or by bus. If needed it I can arrange transportation by minivan (8+1). Please contact me to have more information.
  • Good to know

    Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. During the tour we'll walk across the old city center where there are paved roads. If you need water or something to eat you can by it at your arrival at the cafe bar in the main square.

  • Available Languages

  • Meeting Point

    Piazza Mercato, Capestrano (AQ)
  • How to book

    1. Choose the preferred typology of booking between “Shared Tour” and “Private Tour”, where:

    Shared Tour allows any single or more to join the tour at the lowest price, but sharing the tour with anyone else.
    private Tour allows any single or group to reserve the tour/guide just for his own pleasure.

    2. Fill in the chosen form with “date, time, number of people” and have a look at trip duration and max admittable number of people

    3. Make a Request of Reservation, by clicking Book Now
    Should you have any preliminary question you can directly Contact the Guide via e-mail

BOOK a shared tour

€20.00 per person

up to 10 people for 0008.00 Hour/s

Child age is 10 years


BOOK a private tour

€150.00 flat rate

up to 04 people for 0008.00 Hour/s

Child age is 10 years





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