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.
Lake San Domenico is located in the upper Sagittario Valley, in the territory of the municipality of Villalago, in a fantastic natural environment, ideal for relaxation. This is an artificial reservoir created by the barrier of the Sagittarius river, built after the Second World War. Its waters, with their intense emerald green colour, are rich in fish fauna and above all in brown trout.
The Penne Lake is an artificial lagoon created in 1965 through a barrier dam on the Tavo river. The average depth is 10 meter and the surface is 70 hectars. The lake is located near the south-eastern side of the Gran Sasso in the district of Penne. Since 1987 the area is the location of the Natural Reserve of the Penne Lake. The Reserve is an innovative laboratory for research and environment education and for technological application. The Reserve plays also an important role in the protection of the otter and the wild duck. The best periods of the year to visit it are spring or autumn.