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Villetta Barrea

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 fortification. The many stately homes dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries are interesting. Tourist center of pleasant appearance, cared and equipped for a summer holiday in the name of tranquility, psycho-physical wellbeing, a healthy vacation in contact with the nature of the Park, Villetta Barrea is able to attract tourists with a variety of proposals ranging from crafts, to typical products, to a traditional gastronomy in which genuine flavors are rediscovered, to an interesting activity of welcome and healthy fun, but also to cultural proposals and events linked to the local tradition.

Provincia: L'Aquila

CAP: 67030

Prefisso: 0864

Altitudine: 990m


41.7764691, 13.9387887

"The blue veins of the Earth", with this name, Villetta Barrea and the Ente Parco Nazionale D'Abruzzo, wanted to emphasize the importance of water by creating a museum. The structure is equipped with 12 panels that exhaustively explain both the water system of the Park and the typical aquatic flora and fauna.

The Museum is a place of study and documentation on the phenomenon of transhumant sheep-farming, a key sector of the local economy and of the whole of Abruzzo until the recent past. Interesting explanatory panels illustrate synthetically, but with great didactic effectiveness, the various historical, social and cultural aspects and the systems of life and work.

Established in 1976 within the Visitor Centre of the Park, it is a point of reference for the knowledge of the fauna area of the wolf. It illustrates the biological characteristics of this species, its living conditions in relation to the climate of the different seasons, the history of its difficult relationship with man.

La Camosciara is the area of greatest naturalistic and landscape interest in the whole territory of the Park. The reserve offers the unusual spectacle of the absolute dominion of nature; its amphitheater, with its dolomitic appearance, has always been the wildest place in the Abruzzo National Park. It is here that all the animal species of the Park live in freedom: Lupo Appenninico, Camoscio d'

In the heart of the Abruzzo National Park and among the pristine peaks of the Apennines, there is the Lake of Barrea, which overlooks three delightful villages: Barrea, Villetta Barrea and Civitella Alfedena.

Natural reservoir of morainic origin, elliptical in shape, about 150 m long and 200 m wide. It is located at an altitude of 1818 m., northeast of Mount Greco and is the second largest lake in the Apennines. Since 1972, it has been part of the State Nature Reserve Lake Pantaniello.