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.
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.