In ancient times considered sacred and dedicated to Jupiter, the Bosco di Sant'Antonio is one of the most beautiful beech woods in Abruzzo. It extends for 17 hectares between the ridges of Monte Pizzalto and Monte Rotella. It offers an incredible scenery of secular beech trees with bizarre shapes. They also are in the wood: field maples, wild pear trees, cherry trees, black hornbeam trees and yew trees.
In Pacentro, the Majella National Park has created the new wildlife area of the Apennine chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica ornata). It is a fundamental step in the path of conservation of this species, symbol of the Italian fauna, even more relevant because the project was carried out in the Morrone Mountains thus giving new impetus to an idea of territorial development, centered on the enhancement and recovery of the environmental resources in this important area of the Park.
The territory of the reserve, of about 800 hectares, extends in the municipality of Castiglione Messer Marino and is divided into three parts: the white fir forest, a natural continuation of the Rosello one, the beech forest and grazing areas. The forest is characterized by white firs, beech, maple, yew, linden, common ash. The grazing is crossed by the "Ateleta-Biferno" sheep track. The fauna is particularly rich in species from small birds to birds of prey, from hoofed mammals to mustelids and reptiles. It is easy to observe the wild cat, the deer, the roe deer and the wolf.
Established in 1992, it is located about one thousand meters above sea level, on the border with Molise region. The 211 hectare forest, crossed by the Turcano torrent, a tributary of the Sangro river, forms the best preserved nucleus of silver firs in Italy. The beechwood preserves the tallest spontaneous tree in Italy: it is a white fir that reaches 47 m. in height! The "giant" is not alone, surrounded by hundreds of ancient and majestic specimens that exceed 40 meters!
The Aterno originates from the alluvial basin of Montereale at about 800 m. It comes from the outflows of the massif which culminates in Mount Civitella on which the watershed dividing the Aterno basin from the Vomano one is located. The spring area consists of a large number of pools, rivulets and streams: that is why it is difficult to locate. Going further downstream we find the water mills. Of the many existing in the valley, however, only two of them work, thanks to the current of the river near Pizzoli.
Of karst and alluvial origin, the plateau is located south of the mighty and complex chain of Monte Greco (2283 m.), which encloses and separates it at intervals. Its vastness and high altitude make it inique. Together with the 5 Miglia, Prato, Quarto Grande and other plateaus, it forms the "most significant mountainous system in the Apennine region".
The San Giovanni waterfalls are located on the slope of the Majella National Park, not far from Guardiagrele, one of the “Borghi più belli d’Italia-Most beautiful villages in Italy”.
The Grotta dell'Eremita - Hermit's Cave - is located in the municipality of Farindola on a steep slope above Valle d'Angri, under the Valichetto dei Paponi from where the path to reach it starts.
It is located at an altitude of about 1300 metres above sea level, made up of limestone rocks from which small stalactites and a few whitish stalagmites protrude. A very suggestive place, despite its depth of about 20 meters.
The Campo Imperatore plain enshrines small bodies of natural water of karst and glacial origin. Some of them are perennial, others instead have a rather limited life, connected to the melting period of the snowpack. Among these lakes, perhaps the most famous - doubtless the most photographed one - is Lake Pietranzoni, an example of the marvels of Abruzzo in the heart of the region itself. A kind of “Gran Sasso mirror”: that’s what the fantastic Lake looks like, at about 1,660 meters above sea level, thanks to its peculiarities.
Where is: San Salvo, in province of Chieti, is the last town of Abruzzo coast and it is located at the border line with Molise region, towards the mouth of the Trigno river. It enjoys a location in 106 meters above sea level, about 5 km from the coast.