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.
A short distance from the centre of San Demetrio ne' Vestini, there is the small Lake of Sinizzo which, thanks to its emerald green waters, is considered the "beach of L'Aquila". Ideal place to spend a day in full contact with nature, immersing yourself in its bathing waters and camping with the tent. Its grassy banks, shaded by weeping willows, invite you to rest or beach activities. It has a circular shape, with a diameter of 120 meters, with two drinking courses that feed it.
Lake Serranella is situated at the confluence of the rivers Sangro and Aventino and is an artificial reservoir that was formed following the construction of a crossbar for irrigation purposes. In a short time it has become a swamp rich in life. Its position, close to the Adriatic coast, has made it a very important point of reference for migratory birds. Here live the Greater White Heron, the Black Stork, the flamingo, the fisherman's hawk, the crane, the pignattaio, the cormorant and the tail.
Along the provincial road that connects Rocca di Mezzo to Secinaro, in an isolated but easily accessible area, nestled in a small plateau at about 1100 metres above sea level, on the slopes of the majestic ridge of Monte Sirente, the first meteoric impact crater was discovered in Italy. The visitor is presented as a small circular lake, about 140 meters in diameter and accompanied by 17 smaller craters.
The Scanno lake is the result of a huge landslide that dammed the Sagittario valley creating the most visited and suggestive lake in Abruzzo. The heart shaped lake is situated in a extended basin at 922 meter above sea level between the historical villages Scanno and Villalago, at the feet of the Montagna Grande, on the border of the Abruzzo National Park. The steep rocky slope of the Monte Genzana Reserve overlooks the pond from east. The Scanno lake reaches a maximum water depth of 36 meters.