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.
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.
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. Bugnara is an ancient village, which developed especially in the Middle Ages and has seen the succession of noble families who have left in the town traces of great architectural value: the symbol of this past is the Castello Ducale, which with its ruins seems to control still today the whole territory.
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. The ancient medieval village of Anversa degli Abruzzi is delimitated by a group of houses built on cliffs and is dominated by the ruins of the Norman Fortress.
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. It is known as the "nativity scene village", for its ancient and perfectly preserved appearance: the centre, clinging to a rocky spur on the valley of the Fosso Fonte Vecchia, enchants with its white stone houses, typical of these areas, the narrow and intricate alleys and the steep stairways that guide the visitor's steps. From here, the view ranges from the Gran Sasso Massif to the sea in the distance.
With its 150,000 hectares, the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park is one of the largest parks in Italy. Established in 1995, Lazio and Marche were also marginally affected. The Abruzzo area covers the provinces of Teramo, L'Aquila and Pescara and 41 municipalities. Its territory has typically mountainous characteristics, with almost alpine scenery, and is made up of two distinct mountainous groups: the Gran Sasso d' Italia massif and the group above it, the Monti della Laga.
Established in 1995, the Majella National Park has an area of 74,095 hectares and includes 39 municipalities in the provinces of L' Aquila, Chieti and Pescara. Aspirate and imposing, the Majella is steep and compact on the western side, stretches high up in the plateau of Femmina Morta, and is engraved on the eastern side by the wildest valleys of Abruzzo. The Park, which also includes the bastion of Morrone and Pizi Mountains, is one of the most important wildlife habitats in Italy and Europe.
Born in 1922 and established by Royal Decree the following year, it is the oldest National Park in Italy. In it are concentrated almost all the characters that characterize the central Apennines, including elements of flora and fauna unique in the world or now disappeared in the rest of the chain. It attracts over one million visitors every year for its natural environments of rare beauty.
The wood of Don Venanzio, takes its name from the last owner who, in 1986, ceded it to the Municipality of Pollutri. Its extension is about 78 hectares and represents one of the last patches of planarian forest of the Adriatic coast, fully protected since 1999 with the establishment of the Reserve. It develops along the lower river Sinello, in the municipality of Pollutri (Ch), in the locality of Crivelle, between the SS.16 Adriatica, the provincial road for Scerni and the river Sinello. The entrance is located about one km.
Lake Montagna Spaccata is the result of a barrier for the production of electricity and is powered by Rio Torto. Fishing is permitted subject to prior authorisation. The nature that surrounds it is intense and suggestive, frequent sightings of wolves, wild boars, bears, chamois and deer.