The position of Lanciano makes this characteristic town of the Abruzzo an excellent departure point from where to head to both the sea and the mountains. Lanciano is simultaneously just a few kilometers from the adriatic and from the mountain and the Maiella.
Travelling towards Fossascesia one finds the Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere, whilst on the road leading to San Vito visitors can observe examples of "trabucchi", traditional wooden instruments used for fishing. Those who love the mountains should head to Blockhouse, situated some 2200 meters above sea level, and visit the mountain village of Guardiagrele, where to see fine examples of traditional craftwork in wood, copper and wrought iron.
Taranta Peligna is well worth visiting for the Grotta del Cavallone, also known as the Daughter of Jorio. Close by, there is Pescocostanzo, a mountain village of medieval origin. At Lanciano one can consult the documents held in the Centro di Documentazione Museale of S. Nicola, and visit the Cathedral and a number of fine churches.