Bugnara is a small mountain village in the Abruzzo region.
Bugnara from the valley below
Bugnara has a tiny railway station, about ten minutes walk away in the valley. About five trains run daily from Sulmona from 6am until 8pm (the last one runs through Goriano and takes a bit longer).
There are actually about three or fours buses a day from Rome Tiburtina bus station that stop in Bugnara on their way to Scanno. The bus stops by the bridge at the bottom of the town. There are about seven local buses a day that run from Sulmona through Introdacqua and Torre Del Nolfi that stop in the main square.
On the A25 take the exit for Anversa (if you are coming from Rome) or Sulmona if you are coming from Pescara. Bugnara is about ten minutes drive away from each exit (follow signs to Introdacqua and Bugnara).
The main square in Bugnara
Bugnara is small enough to cover entirely on foot.
- 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.
- 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 castle complex of Palazzo Ducale
- 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.