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Rivisondoli, in the Region of the Altipiani Maggiore of Abruzzo, faces east in a dominant position on the Prato plateau at an average altitude of 1,365 meters above sea level, between Roccaraso and Pescocostanzo. A natural environment of great beauty and a healthy climate: ideal destination for a summer holiday in the mountain. In the center of the town stands the parish church of San Nicola di Bari, built in 1912 on a previous place of worship, enriched by beautiful polychrome stained glass windows by Haynal (1991). Inside there are two seventeenth-century works: an altar in marble tarsia

Campo Imperatore plateau

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.

Five Miles Plateau

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.

Zompo Lo Schioppo Waterfalls - Morino (Aq)

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.

Del Verde Waterfalls - Borrello (CH)

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.

Golden Calf Waterfall - Farindola (PE)

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.

Rocca di Cambio
Rocca di Cambio

Rocca di Cambio, 23 km from the capital, is a small mountain town located at the northwestern edge of the Altopiano delle Rocche, in the Sirente-Velino Regional Park. The plateau is guarded by numerous peaks - Monte Rotondo, Monte Cagno, Monte Ocre and Cefalone - all above 2000 meters, which especially in spring and summer are privileged destinations for those who love trekking and walking in the mountains. Rocca di Cambio offers in winter the slopes of Campo Felice, famous throughout the Central Apennines, and to cross-country skiing enthusiasts the tracks of the nearby Piani di Pezza. Wit

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Tourist resort of the Abruzzo Apennines, in the province of L'Aquila, district of the Major Highlands, not far from the areas of the two great National Parks: the historical one of Abruzzo and that of the Majella. The naturalistic heritage, the remarkable skiing and sports facilities, the rich hotel and commercial facilities and the well-established reputation of the prestigious Appennini mountain tourism station, represent the business card that Roccaraso offers its guests.

Rocca di Botte
Rocca di Botte

Rocca di Botte rises in a place protected by the mountains, on the northern slope of Mount La Corte. The nature that surrounds the village is made even more beautiful by this tranquility that pervades the atmosphere, as if silence and peace make the leaves of the trees more glittering, the sky bluer. Guarded in the heart of the village, however, there is a church of great charm, the church of Santa Maria della Febbre, where valuable frescoes dating back to the fifteenth century are preserved: its name would be linked to the plague epidemics of its foundation and was in fact also used as a h

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Rocca di Mezzo

Rocca di Mezzo, at 1329 meters above sea level, 29 km from the capital, located at the north-eastern edge of the Carche plateau of the Rocche, is a climatic summer resort and winter sports center. The municipality, which is part of the Sirente-Velino Regional Park, also includes the villages of Fontavignone, Terranera and Rovere. Built in the Barbarian period as a fortified village, it participated in the foundation of the city of L'Aquila. The town still has some medieval character and interesting monuments. Next to the old town, today a new residential area has been created with villas, r

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