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In the upper Aventino valley, almost totally immersed in the Majella National Park, between Palaces and green woods rises Palena. Here, as soon as you arrive, you can breathe an atmosphere of well-being and relaxation. The luxuriant nature, the clean air, the ancient tranquility of the inhabitants all contribute to making the village a place of peace and beauty. The Aventino river also crosses the town, creating beautiful waterfalls and small pools of water, in a play of lights and reflections that enchants. In this almost magical setting, we meet the elements of the village that tell its past history, including the castle of the eleventh century, the eighteenth-century bell tower of the Parish Church and the Church of the Madonna del Rosario, which houses precious works of art. art and a beautiful eighteenth-century organ. For the joy of the little ones there is the Marsicano Bear Fauna Area where to live strong emotions spotting the bears Caterina, Iris and Margherita.

Provincia: Chieti

CAP: 66017

Prefisso: 0872

Altitudine: 767


41.9766256, 14.1324211

It rises on Mount Porrara at almost 1300 m asl, on a cliff that makes the building impenetrable on three sides. It was probably the first place where Pietro Angeleri lived as a hermit before taking his vows. Here the future Pope Celestine V, once reached Majella, stopped in a cave and began the hermit's life.

The MOM - Museum of the Marsican Bear - housed in a wing of the former convent of St. Anthony in the Municipality of Palena, consists of 5 sections set up with panels, dioramas and a striking reconstruction of the forest at night.

The Museum, the only one of its kind in Abruzzo, is housed in the Ducal Castle of Palena, a recently restored building dating back to the 11th century. It consists of three sections: the Knowledge Room, the Aventine Room, the Palena Room.