Bugnara is a small town in the Abruzzo region.
Bugnara from the valley below
There are buses and trains every day.
Trains run from Sulmona and the bus stops on the way from Rome to Scanno.
Coming from Sulmona there are about seven local buses a day.
Bugnara is small enough to walk around.
- Church of SS. Rosario. Imposing on the main square and ringing its bells every hour this church dates from 1602. Built in the late baroque style beautiful friezes, stuccoes and relief ceilings.
- Streets and alleyways. Bugnara is steep and full of narrow pedestrian streets. Here you can see Bugnara's medieval origins with an incredible patchwork layering of stone and cement.
- Palazzo Ducale (Fortezza dello Scorpione). This enormous palace consists of imposing buildings started around the 11th Century. The impressive fortifications surround a courtyard where one can see the various stages of its development, including an impressive clock tower. Restoration of the palace is in the works, with a rumoured cooking school to be housed there.
Small streets and alleyways
- Church of the Madonna delle Neve. Just outside the village this church has some of the most interesting history of Bugnara. Built in the Gothic style around the 11th Century it has an extraordinary herring-bone floor that is actually from the Roman temple upon which the church was built. It also has some very well preserved statues and frescoes,
Walk about, have a coffee in the Piazza.
Market stalls in the Piazza, wait for the vegetable, meat and fish trucks.
- Local pecorino cheese. Find the local speciality.
- Markets. There are markets for various goods in the main square.
- Meat, vegetables, fish (on wheels). Although the village has two well stocked Alimentari (grocery shops) the best thing to do is to find out the times of the meat, vegetable and fish trucks that make their way around the small villages.
- The very humble La Falena restaurant is open in the summer.
- Pizzeria by the town hall
- Have a coffee or a beer at the bar on the Piazza.
Plenty of B&Bs and private houses for rent.
- Bike ride to Sulmona or walk up into the hills.