The Verde natural waterfalls, divided into three consecutive jumps of about 200 meters, are of great scientific importance, both for the position and for the existing microclimate. These are the highest natural waterfalls in the Apennines, second in Italy and among the highest in Europe. They are fed by perennial waters, even if variable in the flow during the year. The waterfalls, located within the Regional Reserve of the same name, are located in a wide canyon, whose rocky walls are covered by dense Mediterranean vegetation.
In the territory of Farindola in the Valle d'Agri there is the Vitello d'Oro waterfall, a spectacular 28 meters high waterfall, one of the most important on the southern slope of the Gran Sasso group. Legend has it that since the dawn of time, to some women intent on drawing water with a basin, near the waterfall, at dawn of St. John's day, appeared a small golden-yellow calf, from which it was taken the name given to the water jump. Note the contrast between the rocky slopes with poor vegetation and the basin that is covered with green trees grown spontaneously.
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". Here, between very narrow streets and intertwined with each other like a precious embroidery, we wander until we find ourselves before the majestic panorama that surrounds the village.
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.
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. But the story of Tagliacozzo is also made by great episodes: here Corradino di Svevia was defeated by Carlo D'Angiò and the fact is also remembered by Dante in the XXVIII canto of the Inferno.
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.
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. Here the Abbey of Santa Maria Maggiore and the church of San Nicola (XI and XIV sec.
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.
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. The town planning and the architecture of the center bear traces of this past: millenary towers, churches, old houses and narrow alleys, the village enchants with its story of medieval atmospheres.
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. Pre-Roman city, ancient capital of the Italian population of Vestini, known to the Romans as "Pinna Vestinorum", is located at the same distance from the Adriatic Sea and the Gran Sasso of Italy.