Grotte di Stiffe is one of central Italy’s most famous karst cave. The entrance is located in the rocky side near San Demetrio Ne’ Vestini. The guided tour develops for 700 meters and a river runs through the which water comes from the many sinkholes located in the karst plateau of Rocca di Mezzo. Walking along the river you will find many small lakes, rapids and waterfall up to 20 meters high. The flow depends of the season and the underground landscapes changes continuously.
The trek is based on the mighty figure of the Majella massif that in the Amaro mountain has the second top of the Apennines. A place still mysterious today chosen in the past as a place of work for the shepherds, a refuge for brigands, places of meditation for anchorites who have built many hermitages on this mountain. Rough places but just for this fascinating. It starts from the natural reserve of Fara San Martino. It is characterized by extensive mountain pine formations, vast beech forests and spontaneous black pine cores.
Campotosto is situated 43 Km far from L'Aquila city on the northern shore of the Campotosto Lake. The village is situated on a slope at 1420 mt above sea level on the righte shore of the Fucino river. The village has been under the Amatrice jurisdiction until the 18. century and then it became part of the l'Aquila county. In 1388 the fight between L'Aquila and Amatrice due to border issues caused many damages to Campotosto. During the first half of the 16.
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. Later it was a Roman city with the name of Theate, whose signs, such as the Roman Theatre (second half of the second century AD.), the complex of Roman Temple (remains of sacred buildings), the cistern of the ancient Baths, are still visible in the city.
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. Inhabited since pre-Roman times, as testified by the necropolis found in nearby Campovalano, Campli knows its greatest splendor in the Middle Ages, when under the control of the Farnese became a meeting place for painters and artists from schools of masters such as Giotto and Raphael, to name but a few.
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. it became the Municipuim Foederatum of Rome, when this decadence Atri had a dark period under the domination of the dukes of Spoleto, of the Franks and of the Count of Loretello.
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. Clement and the two white stone sources of the Majella that welcome travelers at the entrances to the country, a hospitality that starts from the material itself to involve everything.
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.
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. But if the country enchants with its ancient beauty, the territory that surrounds it amazes for its rich nature, colors and scents: behind Civitella stretches the amphitheater of Chamois, at its feet the beautiful lake Barrea.
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. Perched on a rocky spur, is part of the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise and the landscape that surrounds it is so beautiful as to look like a postcard: mountainous peaks, beech forests, clear waterways, all this makes Barrea an ideal destination for lovers of hiking.