Abruzzo, a region that knows how to preserve
Abruzzo is a region that knows how to preserve: this is the statement that best summarizes the spirit and the nature of this land. Discovering its extraordinary natural landscape, traveling along the ancient and noble cities and the thousand-year-old villages perched on the peaks, the most immediate impression is that of a region that has managed to preserve many of its original features, in which an intact environment and an immemorial presence of man shows that he knew how to find the way for a mutual, respectful balance.
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Abbateggio is a small village that stands in a beautiful natural setting, between forests of beech and oak in the Majella National Park, which includes two-thirds of its territory.
The village of Aielli, whose territory is part of the Regional Park Velino-Sirente, is a treasure chest to discover. Lying on a calcareous rocky spur, it is surrounded by two streams: this position, easily defensible from enemy attacks, has made it for centuries the ideal place for defense and observation of the territory.
The city of Aufidena housed the Samnites, the pentri, the proud inhabitants of these mountains devoted mainly to pastoralism, who were able to oppose with stubbornness to the overwhelming power of the Romans. This center of ancient origin has brought back considerable evidence of pre-Roman age. On the hill, where the castle stands, there are traces of the fortified city of Samnites. The necropo
The road from Valle Peligna towards the village of Scanno is really enchanting. You will go through the Sagittario Gorges, a deep beautiful and suggestive canyon created by the Sagittario river over thousands of years. Here the WWF settled a protected area which aim is to preserve a unique territory, the Cavuto springs.
Archi is also known as the "Terrazza sul Sangro": the village rises on a rocky spur and from there the view dominates both the Aventine Valley and the Val di Sangro. Its climate, fertile land, the patience of the farmers, all this has allowed the village to become a large center for the production of extra virgin olive oil, so as to be included in the Oil Itineraries.
Atri, the ancient Hatria Picena, is located on a clayey hill at 442 m. above sea level in the province of Teramo. Many historians claim that Atri took its name from Adranus to whom the Apennine wolf was sacred. In the pre-Roman period it was the capital of the South of Piceno and in 290 B.C.
Built between the 6th and 8th centuries, the town developed following the progressive abandonment of the Roman cities of Furfo and Peltuino, Barisciano, at 940 meters above sea level, at 19 Km from L'Aquila, it is located at the base of a mountain crowned by ruins of a fortified wall, and the mountain of the fajeta (Cima di Faiete, m.1915) divides it from the Campo Imperatore plateau. A country
There is a time of day when the sun illuminates the picturesque village, reflecting on the blue waters of the lake of the same name, and perhaps it is there that Barrea expresses all its magic, its being a mountain village, one thing with nature that surrounds it.
At an altitude of almost 600 metres, at the foot of the Colle Rotondo, lies Bugnara, surrounded by hills and woods, which dominates the entire Peligna Valley from its position.
Calascio is a tiny town located in the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, surrounded by forests, meadows and pastures, but also by the harsh limestone rock. Its famous Rocca, symbol of the village, was founded around the year 1000 as a simple watch tower and over time acquires more importance. So two villages develop, Calascio and Rocca Calascio, the latter completely destroyed by t
The village of Campli is located in the province of Teramo and is a real "treasure chest" kept in the heart of the Teramo hills. An enchanting city of art where history and culture, tradition and religious worship come together to create a unique mix.
Campo di Giove stands in a strategically important position, which has always made it, starting from the times of the Roman Empire, a place of passage and rest. However, it was the most flourishing period in the Middle Ages, which left its traces in urban planning and in the well-preserved architecture of the historic center. Inserted in the Majella National Park, however, nature is the true pr
In the heart of Abruzzo, among limestone rocks and green forests rich in watercourses, stands the village of Capistrello, not far from the nature reserve of Monte Salviano. The village is divided into districts, connected by cobbled streets, and is a place where it is pleasant to walk slowly, between the chirping of birds and the rustle of the trees that surround the town. Those who love archit
It rises to 1108 m asl, near the sources of the Liri, at the foot of Mount Camiciola. The earliest records of the village of Cappadocia date back to the 12th century, when the churches of Santa Margherita and San Biagio were named in the bull of Clement III. Subject of the ups and downs of the most powerful families of the Marsican area, it belonged first to the Orsini family and then to
A small hill village between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennines, Cappelle sul Tavo presents itself to travelers with a historic center characterized by narrow, linear streets, with buildings that tell the architectures of the different eras of their construction. The heart of the village and its deepest identity are enclosed in a traditional event, the Palio delle Pupe<
Caramanico Terme is part of the club "Most Beautiful Villages of Italy". The town of Abruzzo, of Lombard origin, still retains its medieval layout consisting of remains of houses-walls, ancient doors and evocative interweaving of alleys along the town, which is enhanced by some imposing mansions arose in the Renaissance period.
The territory of Carsoli is cut in two by the Turano river and surrounded by a landscape full of beauty, almost wild. The oldest part of the village is located in a strategic position, on the hill that dominates the whole area, where stood the Orsini Castle, whose remains are still visible. This fortress was built around 1000 by the Counts of the Marsi to protect the territory and its remains c
Included in the territory of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, Castel del Monte is a place that has always enchanted with the beauty and majesty of the landscape that surrounds it, making it a popular destination for those looking for the most authentic and uncontaminated nature. Borgo with its soul and medieval town planning, which is still told above all in the typical tower-
Inside the Sirente Regional Nature Park, we meet the village of Castel di Ieri, perched on a hill as if to remember when, in past centuries, the tower that dominates the village controlled the whole territory. It is precisely the Tower, in fact, the symbol of the history of Castel di Ieri: square, almost 20 meters high, is the ancient stronghold built at the behest of the Counts of Celano. Arou
Castelvecchio Calvisio can be recognized from above thanks to its very particular shape. This country, in fact, which stands on the top of a hill at over 1000 meters above sea level, has a beautiful elliptical shape that seems to enclose the fortified village, making it special, unique. At the center of this fortified heart, narrow streets covered by vaults and arches, houses that develop on se
Castelvecchio Subequo stands on a rock spur of Mount Putano, straddling the Marsicano, Peligno and Aquilano areas, a small but very rich artistic, historical and cultural village. Walking through the village and its surroundings, in fact, it is easy to come across buildings of architectural and cultural value, and in important archaeological sites: Castelvecchio, for example, preserves the arch
Small village of Abruzzo in the Marsica, Cerchio has ancient roots and its history is linked to a legend. It is said that the first houses were built around a theater built by the Romans to celebrate the coronation of Emperor Claudius after he had dried up the lake of Fucino in 51 AD. Around the village, the landscape stretches green until it rises in the reliefs that accompany the horizon line
One of the oldest cities in Italy, so much so that its historical origins are confused with mythology. Chieti is a centre of considerable artistic and cultural importance. It is in a panoramic position between the Majella mountains and the Adriatic. It was the capital of the Italic population of Marrucini.
On the northern side of the Saline Valley, from a distance we can see the village of Città Sant'Angelo, situated on top of a hill: from up there, once we arrive, a breathtaking panorama awaits us, between green hills and areas cultivated by the patient hand of man. Before entering the village, however, we will meet the Church of the Madonna della Pace, of the sixteenth century, while in the cen
Getting to Civitella Alfedena, one of the smallest villages in Abruzzo, means letting yourself be fascinated by the harmony of its architecture and the atmosphere of the center, among narrow streets and old stone houses, tell stories of past centuries and invite you to get lost in their archaic magic.
In the high Abruzzo, very close to the Marche region, Civitella del Tronto rises: it has always been a borderland and, in particular, a sentinel time of the Kingdom of Naples between the Kingdom of Naples and the Papal State.
Civitella Roveto is a medieval village enclosed, like a treasure to be protected, by a massive system of fortified walls, which are still well preserved and reminiscent of past centuries, the struggles of conquest, the hard and endless battles. Today the town is divided in two: the modern part, built after the earthquake of 1915, is located on the right bank of the river, while the oldest part
Among the splendid Apennine valleys of Abruzzo and surrounded by imposing and wild mountains, we find Collarmele, a small village whose origins are surrounded by mystery and legends. What we know is that the village is set like a precious stone in a landscape that takes your breath away, at the gates of the Sirente Velino Regional Park, halfway between the Majella Park, the Monte Salviano Natur
Collelongo, at 915 meters above sea level and at Km 86 from L'Aquila, is a large village on the slopes of Mount Malpasso in Vallelonga, the ancient Transaquana Valley. In this valley, for centuries, a wild and at times inaccessible nature has guarded the secrets of the civilizations that have populated it: from prehistoric settlements to the Italic ones, from the remains of the Roman period to
Fallo is a small village in the province of Chieti, perched on a rocky outcrop from which dominates the Sangro valley.
Small mountain village (750 m above sea level) located in a natural environment of great attraction, crowned by the highest peaks of the Apennines: Corno Grande, Corno Piccolo, Pizzo Intermesoli, Monte Corvo and Monte Gorzano, in the upper Vomano valley. Defined as the "Pearl of the Gran Sasso", Fano, from the Latin Fanum, temple, probably stands on the remains of an ancient Roman settlement. U
Fara San Martino is known as the village of water and pasta. It is located in the Majella Nationalpark near the river Verde. The medieval village is very nice and well-finished. The ancient district of Terra Vecchia is worth a visit and the access is through the Porta del Sole. Other attractions are the Naturalistic Museum and the Majella National Park Visitor Center.
Overlooking the Subequana Valley and surrounded by woods and valleys, Goriali Sicoli stands on a hill from which the eye is lost to the horizon and caresses the green of the landscape. Coming from afar, the first thing you notice is the imposing bell tower, once a sentinel to defend the territory: the bell tower, in fact, rises, together with the lovely parish church, on what was once the ancie
Guardiagrele, the "city of stone" narrated by Gabriele d'Annunzio of the "Triumph of Death", is a village with ancient history: colonized by the Benedictines who built a monastery on the site, it had its maximum splendor around the twelfth century.
In the heart of the Peligna Valley, surrounded by woods and pine forests where rare plants grow, we find the ancient medieval town of Introdacqua: its name comes from its location between two rivers. The village has an ancient history, which begins with the monks of the abbey of San Clemente, who sent here the first settlers to cultivate their lands. The traces of the Middle Ages can be read in
The city of L'Aquila is located in the center of the homonymous basin closed on one side by the Gran Sasso and by Velino Sirente on the other. This basin is crossed by the river Aterno. The city was born from the will of a group of feudal lords who asked Pope Gregory IX for the concession to found a city on the hill that stretched between Amiternum and Forcona. The numerous castles scattered on
It rises at the foot of Mount Amaro and at the foot of the Majella National Park, Lama, whose name reveals its ancient origins by recalling the term "lamatura", which means "land where water stagnates". In the village, to see is certainly the Renaissance Church dedicated to St. Nicholas and St.
Lanciano is, after the Provincial County Seats, one of the most important municipalities of the province of Chieti. The town is above all a cradle of art for the presence of numerous monuments, starting from the sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle which preserves the testimony of the oldest Eucharistic miracle of the Catholic world. Around the year 700, in the ancient church of San Legonziano,
Lecce dei Marsi, 745 meters above sea level and 76.5 km from L'Aquila, is the birthplace of Andrea Delitio, whose artistic skills are expressed in the Duomo of Atri. According to some scholars, the origin of the village dates back to the tenth century BC, when the place was inhabited by the so-called Safino-Italic Civilization. The ruins found in the excavations of the Tavana torrent seem to co
Lettopalena is a small village of medieval origin, which rises in a naturalistically particular context: it develops, in fact, on large limestone blocks that originated from a landslide that occurred 5000 years ago and these "geological wounds" are still today studied all over the world. The town rose around the Benedictine abbey of Santa Maria di Monteplanizio and even today around the town yo
Magliano de 'Marsi is located at the foot of the Monte Velino massif, surrounded by unspoiled nature that seems to have never been touched by the hand of man.
Territory of ancient history, where the village rises, so much that in its vicinity we can admire one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy, Alba Fucens.
It is a tiny jewel, Monteferrante, a tiny village that stands perched on a natural panoramic terrace from which, looking out and letting your gaze run, you can admire the green mountains, streams, meadows, ranging from the lake of Bomba up to the Majella. An ideal destination for those seeking an intimate and relaxing contact with nature, Monteferrante is also a jewel of culture, art and histor
Montepagano is a small historic village, the oldest village of Roseto degli Abruzzi. It is separated from the city, on a hill from which the view is enchanting, caresses the hills, until reaching the shining and clear sea. The medieval heart of the village, which fascinates the traveler and transports it in a distant time, is his Castle, perched and rich in works of art, a real treasure chest o
Village of traditions, good food, monuments, museums but above all uncontaminated nature, Morino offers many reasons to go and discover it. The heart of this country, however, is linked to its landscape: in fact, the village lies at the gates of the Zompo lo Schioppo Nature Reserve. Among beech and chestnut woods, peaks and streams, the reserve is a green oasis of immense beauty and its heart,
From the top of the hill on which it stands and from which it once controlled the territory in fear of enemy attacks, Moscufo dominates the whole valley, giving the inhabitants and travelers a panorama of great beauty. The area is inhabited from the farthest times and Moscufo was an ancient Roman "pagus", originally built further south than the current town, as
Mutignano, part of the municipality of Pineto, is a very interesting village from the historical point of view as it is the first settlement of today's city. The small medieval village develops along a ridge around a main road with side branches of numerous and characteristic alleys. The urban fabric, mostly nineteenth-century
Navelli stands on a hill and to get there means to be enchanted by the graceful delicacy of its ancient village: here the houses are still built in gray stone and overlook narrow, winding streets, with steps carved directly into the rock. However, Navelli has always been famous for a product that has become, over time, a symbol of its territory: saffron.
Opi is a small perched village, nestled in the heart of the national park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise.
Surrounded by a mountain landscape of great charm, it has two vantage points from which the eye sweeps over the expanses of the Valle del Sangro: the Belvedere La Foce, located at the top of the village, and the Belvedere in Piazza dei Caduti.
A city fair of culture and sea, home to eclectic artists, Ortona is also one of the most popular seaside resorts on the coast.
Important center of the Sirente-Velino Park located at 1375 on the sea, at 39 Km from L'Aquila, is the ancient primitive Obinolum settlement of the Marsi, in a dominant position, at the southern limit of the Rocche plateau, derived from defensive needs for the populations of the valley that were centralized to protect themselves from the raids of the barbarians. The stronghold was destroyed dur
The best time to get to Pacentro is at sunset, when the lights of the village start to light up and compete with the last lights of the sky, creating an enchanted and timeless atmosphere. The village lies on the slopes of the Morrone Mountains, perched, with the mountain that protects it and the eye to control the Valle Peligna.
In the upper Aventino valley, almost totally immersed in the Majella National Park, between Palaces and green woods rises Palena. Here, as soon as you arrive, you can breathe an atmosphere of well-being and relaxation. The luxuriant nature, the clean air, the ancient tranquility of the inhabitants all contribute to making the village a place of peace and beauty. The Aventino river also crosses
The village of Penne extends over four hills between the valleys of the rivers Tavo and Fino: from the village you can enjoy a panorama of great charm and gaze rests on the surrounding hills, the green woods, on the many olive trees that cover the hills and streams that cross the most low-lying areas.
The essence of the identity of Perano is the nature, a small village enclosed in a landscape of great charm, very green, which conveys a sense of peace and serenity for its silence and its majestic presence. A country that unites, to this authentic beauty of the territory, an interweaving of art, culture and spirituality, Perano welcomes the visitor with its small houses, with the buildings tha
Pereto observes the valley below from the rock spur on which it stands, like an ancient guardian who controls his kingdom. All around, the rocks are the element that dominates the territory, alternating with green woods of oak and beech trees, which soften the landscape. Its territory has always been an area of passage and border, so much so that it deserves the name of "Porta d'Abruzzo". The a
Between the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, and the Sirente-Velino Regional Park, in an evocative and almost uncontaminated nature, stands Pescina, an ancient village that tells, with the urbanism and the architecture of its historical center, the medieval influences still visible. If the remains of the ancient Cyclopean walls tell of prehistoric settlements, the most recent history
Pescocostanzo, the cultural seat of the Majella National Park, is an ancient village. It almost surprises how such a small town can encompass many wonders of history, art and culture, and yet it is just like that: starting from the beautiful landscape in which it is immersed, you get to the heart of the village and you are enchanted by the details of the city and the architecture, elegant and w
Between the green of the woods and the soft heights of the mountains that guard it as a jewel to protect, Pettorano sul Gizio stands in the middle of a landscape of great beauty, with the colors and atmospheres typical of the interior Abruzzo. Particular is the history of its most ancient center: devastated by the earthquake of 1706, it was entirely rebuilt and in fact its architectures are of
Among the highest municipalities in the province of Teramo, Pietracamela is the only one to have the entire territory included in the Gran Sasso Park - Monti della Laga. It rises to 1005 m of altitude at the foot of the Corno Piccolo of the Gran Sasso d'Italia. Most likely the first inhabitants of the place were from Brindisi or Puglia, in general shepherds or wool carders. From 1526 the histor
Set on a rocky spur of the Majella, if we look at Pretoro from a distance we seem to see a village that is the continuation of the rock itself. Once reached, we enter the heart of the town and we find ourselves breathing the ancient atmosphere of this town built around 1600 after the destruction of the Castle of Pretoro, perched on the end of the rock and called "Castrum Pretorii de Theti".
Rocca di Botte rises in a place protected by the mountains, on the northern slope of Mount La Corte. The nature that surrounds the village is made even more beautiful by this tranquility that pervades the atmosphere, as if silence and peace make the leaves of the trees more glittering, the sky bluer. Guarded in the heart of the village, however, there is a church of great charm, the church of S
A small town in the province of Chieti, Rocca San Giovanni is part of the exclusive club of the "most beautiful villages in Italy". It stands on a rocky hill at 155 meters above sea level, between the mouth of the Sangro river and the Feltrino torrent.
The country, although with a recent expansion downstream, has remained over time substantially steeped on the rocky slopes of Mount Morrone west and has retained its characteristic as a lookout of the Conca Peligna. In fact, its position allows an almost total view over the whole valley below and the walls of the ancient castle that rose majestically to guard the north side of the Conca Peligna
It looks like an invented place, Roccascalegna, a castle narrated in some fairy tale, or ancient novel. Instead, this beautiful castle really exists, and it is so beautiful that it was chosen as the location for the film "The Tale of Tales" by Matteo Garrone. Set on a rocky spur, it dominates the medieval village, the valley of the Rio Secco and the wide valley of the Sangro, like an ancient gu
San Valentino in Abruzzo Citeriore is a small, charming and welcoming village, characterized by tiers that suddenly open onto large areas that offer splendid views. The ancient nucleus, located on a hill overlooking the valley below, develops around the Farnese Castle and the Cathedral. Not to be missed is the Museum of Fossils and Ambe
Next to the river Liri, along the Valle Roveto, immersed in a natural paradise full of woods, streams and green fields, stands San Vincenzo Valle Roveto, a town that includes eight villages, including the authentic village of San Vincenzo Vecchio and other ancient nuclei of great historical interest, such as Morrea, San Giovanni Vecchio and Roccavivi. The panorama, which is presented to tourist
Along the Costa dei trabocchi, between Ortona and Fossacesia, San Vito Chietino dominates the Adriatic Sea. The town, defined by D'Annunzio as "the country of the brooms", rises on a rocky spur and from its balconies you can enjoy a wide panorama that ranges from Majella to Gargano, and than to the Tremiti Islands.
Sante Marie is a small village, set in a territory of great beauty and cultural, artistic and gastronomic richness. Surrounded by chestnut woods and a generous land, this village can count on its cuisine based on high quality ingredients, in particular mushrooms and truffles, gifts from the woods. In the village, however, two are the most interesting places from the cultural point of view, unex
When we arrive at Santo Stefano di Sessanio, we feel transported to a magical, timeless place: the silence, the high altitude, the enchanted landscape, the beauty of the historic center, all this welcomes us and cradles us. Located in the heart of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, its center is entirely built in white limestone, made only a little more opaque by the passing of
Scanno is a show that begins before the boundaries of the village. The road that goes up to hairpin bends and leads to the village is splendid: the journey becomes an experience of beauty, while the gaze is lost in the landscape, on the Sagittario Reserve and on the lake, and then settle on the village and meet a place of magic and enchantment.
Scontrone is a village that has a double soul, ancient history and modern art, attachment to the roots and the desire to invent a future. Like its essence, the structure of the village is also double: the municipality is located in the highest part of the town, in the most historic part, while the hamlet of Villa Scontrone is located downstream, on the river Sangro. The intertwining of the medi
On the slopes of Mount San Nicola stands Scurcola Marsicana, a village that welcomes the traveler with the beauty of its landscapes, with its ancient rites and above all with the genuine hospitality of its people. If a mountainous panorama of enchanting beauty stretches around the village, you should not miss: the Orsini Castle, which tells the medieval past;
A city rich in history. The remains of the ancient walls, the doors and the villages, the churches and the palaces, the wide and luminous squares, the alleys and the streets still tell it. A noble city, strong and proud, it has experienced periods of splendor and crossed moments of great difficulty, always managing to rise again. Center of art and culture, plays an important role in the region.
Part of the history of Tagliacozzo is contained in its name: according to scholars, in fact, the toponym derives from "cut in the rock" and would indicate the slit that divides the mountain where the village has developed. Other chapters of this story are intertwined with the remains of the medieval walls that once protected the village along with the castle, now in ruins.
Located 20 km from the Adriatic and close to the rocks of the Gran Sasso d'Italia (2912 m), Teramo, between the rivers Vezzosa and Tordino, is the capital of the province that occupies the northernmost territory of the Abruzzo region. The discovery of funerary furnishings, similar to those of the protohistoric tombs in Piceno, attest that the city was undoubtedly a pre-Roman settlement.
Tortoreto, in the province of Teramo, is a renowned seaside resort, destination of many Italian and foreign tourists who love to spend their holidays on the Adriatic coast.
Beautiful town in the province of Chieti, Vasto enchants with a charm of yesteryear. Overlooking the gulf of Trabocchi, it has ancient origins and collects the remains of three thousand years of civilization, testified by ancient towers, fortifications, churches and palaces.
Perched at almost one thousand meters above sea level, the village of Villalago stands out against the sky, dominating the landscape and the Valle de Lacu, named for its five lakes. Its history has its roots in distant times: the town as we know it today arose in the eleventh century by the Benedictine monks and, in the late Middle Ages, underwent the domination of several feudal families.
Amena locality on the shores of Lake Barrea, in the National Park of Abruzzo, on the southern slopes of Monte Mattone (990 meters above sea level), is immersed in a suggestive natural environment in which stands the beautiful pinewood of black pine, a local variety. Remains of polygonal walls (still visible near the locality of Fonte Regina) attest to its origin as a Samnite center. The current