Amena locality on the shores of Lake Barrea, in the National Park of Abruzzo, on the southern slopes of Monte Mattone (990 meters above sea level), is immersed in a suggestive natural environment in which stands the beautiful pinewood of black pine, a local variety. Remains of polygonal walls (still visible near the locality of Fonte Regina) attest to its origin as a Samnite center. The current village is built around a small castle built in the 1300s in the upper part of the village; of the castle is still visible the base of a defensive tower with a circular plan, part of the original for
Among the highest municipalities in the province of Teramo, Pietracamela is the only one to have the entire territory included in the Gran Sasso Park - Monti della Laga. It rises to 1005 m of altitude at the foot of the Corno Piccolo of the Gran Sasso d'Italia. Most likely the first inhabitants of the place were from Brindisi or Puglia, in general shepherds or wool carders. From 1526 the historical events of the town were linked to those of the Sicilian Valley (Kingdom of Naples). Its original name is surely Petra deriving from the fact that the houses were built on huge boulders brought do
Campo Imperatore Plateau lies at an altitude that ranges from 1500 to 1900 meters, in the middle of the Gran Sasso D'Italia. It extends for more than 25 km, has a maximum width of 8 km and is part of the Gran Sasso Monti della Laga National Park. The plateau is also known as the “little Tibet” of Abruzzo and is interesting for the flora and the fauna variety and even for geological and geomorphological aspects. You can get there from Assergi or crossing Fossa di Paganica, or from the medieval village Castel del Monte crossing Capo la Serra, or going through Farindola crossing Vado di Sole.
The “Cinque Miglia” plateau is the most extended and historically the most famous of the karst plateau system and is defined as the region of the major pleateau of Abruzzo. It extends for 9 km at an altitude that ranges from 1250 and 1280 meters, in the municipalities of Rocca Pia, Rivisondoli, Roccaraso, and between National Parks of Abruzzo and Majella. The ancient Abruzzo Route passes through it (today SS17): this was the main arterial road that connected the main cities in the North with the south of Italy.
The waterfall has a curious name “Zompo lo Schioppo” and is located in the Roveto Valley at the border with Lazio. The unusual name of this spectacular waterfall comes from the dialectal word “zompo” that means “water drop”. The waterfall comes down from the Cantari Mountain’s top near the village of Morino. The name is not the only surprising aspect of this natural wonder. The 100 meters altitude makes it so powerful that a wide natural basin has been created at the base of the falls and during the time of maximal flow the pounding is really thunderous.
The Verde natural waterfalls, divided into three consecutive jumps of about 200 meters, are of great scientific importance, both for the position and for the existing microclimate. These are the highest natural waterfalls in the Apennines, second in Italy and among the highest in Europe. They are fed by perennial waters, even if variable in the flow during the year. The waterfalls, located within the Regional Reserve of the same name, are located in a wide canyon, whose rocky walls are covered by dense Mediterranean vegetation.
In the territory of Farindola in the Valle d'Agri there is the Vitello d'Oro waterfall, a spectacular 28 meters high waterfall, one of the most important on the southern slope of the Gran Sasso group. Legend has it that since the dawn of time, to some women intent on drawing water with a basin, near the waterfall, at dawn of St. John's day, appeared a small golden-yellow calf, from which it was taken the name given to the water jump. Note the contrast between the rocky slopes with poor vegetation and the basin that is covered with green trees grown spontaneously.
The territory of Valle Castellana is located in the center of the Abruzzo Apennines, on the northern slopes of the Monti della Laga, immersed in the large and lush Abruzzi woods at 625 m above sea level and 41 km from Teramo. Splendid is the natural landscape with typical villages, abandoned water mills, ancient oaks and the lake of Talvacchia that every summer collects thousands of tourists dedicated to tourist-mountain walks. In this area, chamois, roe deer, peregrine falcons, owls and golden eagles and the rare Italian geotritone are at their ease. Among the architectural evidences we ca