Abruzzo, the green region of Europe
LThe Abruzzo region, thanks to its proximity to the central Apennines and the Adriatic coast, offers the visitor a wide range of possibilities to have fun and enjoy pleasant relaxing holidays in all seasons of the year.
Winter, thanks to the ski resorts such as Rivisondoli, Roccaraso and Pescocostanzo offers numerous opportunities for fun and entertainment.
In the summer, the cities come alive with festivals, historical re-enactments, music and entertaining shows with a folk flavor.
The National Park of Abruzzo, a natural resource of the territory, is one of the most interesting destinations in the region where you can see many species of protected animals such as the Marsican bear, the wolf, the chamois, the roe deer and many others.
Abruzzo is also a land characterized by castles, Romanesque churches, ancient villages and interesting museums where you can discover works of art with an ancient flavor. Particularly interesting are the Museum of the Gents of Abruzzo in Pescara and the National Museum of Abruzzo in L'Aquila.
To see in Abruzzo:
- the National Park of Abruzzo, the Sirente-Velino Park and the Gran Sasso National Park.
- The coast is famous especially for the vast beaches of fine sand, where you can spend pleasant stays dedicated to relaxation and fun.
The enogastronomy of this region is able to offer typical flavors of Mediterranean cuisine such as "maccheroni alla chitarra", pastasciutte, saffron and cheese, combined with a good quality Abruzzo wine.
Parks in Abruzzo
Abruzzo is the green region of Europe, with its 3 national parks and a regional park. The oldest is the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise (it was inaugurated in Pescasseroli (AQ) on 9 September 1922), which is one of the rare areas of Western Europe where, in the vast beech forests that cover the mountains or in the high rocky prairies, it is still possible to come across animals such as the Marsican bear, the Chamois of Abruzzo, the Wolf, the Deer, the Roe deer and the Golden Eagle.
The largest is the Gran Sasso-Monti della Laga National Park, 150,000 hectares of nature and culture. Destination of many nature lovers, the park is dotted with ancient villages, archaeological sites, castles, sanctuaries, abbeys, rock churches, hermitages and caves. It presents lush and surprising landscapes rich in forests, springs, waterfalls, prairies, plateaus and impressive rocky walls, to be discovered through fascinating routes through fabulous landscapes and treasures of art and history.
At the Maiella National Park you can discover prehistoric settlements, hermitages, inscriptions of the shepherds, brigands' forts, tholos huts and caves, such as the famous Caves of Cavallone, which have spectacular cavities at 1,425 meters high. The Sirente-Velino Regional Nature Park, one of the largest and most important protected parks in Italy, is an enchanting natural scenery, an unspoiled landscape that is home to one of the most significant flora and fauna in central Italy.
It is a concentrate of history, which preserves the evidence of a past still alive, where the presence of temples, castles, towers, medieval villages allows you to take a dip in the past immersed in an exceptional nature.
Abruzzo is also the region of the hermitages, secret and impervious shelters of men fleeing, in search of spirituality and peace of the soul, of places to live praying and meditating in absolute contact with nature, in poverty and retreat.
The mountains of Abruzzo, the Maiella above all, keep places difficult to reach, far from men, but close to God, where many hermits have withdrawn. Among these the best known is Celestino V (Pietro da Morrone), the Pope of the "great refusal", which, as tradition tells, lived in the impregnated hermitages of S. Spirito and S. Bartolomeo, near Roccamorice, and in almost inaccessible Hermitage of S. Giovanni d'Orfento in Caramanico.
Fra 'Pietro was very popular as a hermit and wherever he went he would gather a small crowd of faithful, anxious to know and listen to an extraordinary person who was in the odor of holiness already alive. His life was characterized by a succession of movements from one place to another, in the continuous search for a very particular solitude: in his wandering, in fact, which lasted about half a century, he cleverly managed to weave a rich system of monasteries, hermitages and properties called grange, in order to create, protect and support many small communities of eremitics.
His wandering was interrupted only on rare occasions, as when he went to Rome to pronounce the vows. Among the others, there are also the picturesque hermitage of San Venanzio a Raiano, the hermitage of S. Domenico in Villalago, near Scanno, the hermitage of S. Onofrio in Serramonacesca and the numerous caves and hermitages of the wilds gorges of the Salinello.