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ABRUZZO: the great open-air museum
The magic of Abruzzo derives precisely from the measured equilibrium of a landscape dominated by nature and a stratified human presence, which can be seen in the theory of villages dotted around the countryside, the architectural might of churches, castles and mansions, precious works of art, the countless examples of applied arts and ageless rural traditions.
What better invitation for the keen, observant visitor to explore Abruzzo and seek out the typical features of the splendour that make this such a unique region. From the oldest testimonies, of which the solemn and hieratic "Warrior of Capistrano" is the most representative icon, to countless art treasures preserved in regional museums, the entire historic and artistic heritage of Abruzzo contributes to shaping a territory with a strong local identity, a very idiosyncratic way of interpreting and outlining the artistic methods and styles, architecture, spirituality, applied arts that in Abruzzo boast truly special traditions and peaks of excellence, including pottery and goldsmithing.
|Known worldwide for its nature, Abruzzo's peculiar and intact landscape is nonetheless a scenario with works of art and monuments, like a great open-air museum, open all hours.
Alongside the legendary sites of Rocca Calascio, the extraordinary old town of Pescocostanzo, Chieti’s Museo Archeologico Nazionale, L’Aquila’s mighty 1500s castle, the traveller will be struck by the dozens of less famous marvels, scattered throughout the region.
Restorations of churches and castles, the reorganization and enhancement of archaeological sites and sanctuaries, the creation of large and small museums, the new visitor centres in the Parks: all have contributed to the list of things to see, growing lengthier with each passing year.