Abruzzo: the green region of Europe
From the intense blue of the sea, to the brilliant green of the hills up to the white of the snow that covers the mountains. In Abruzzo nature reaches its greatest expression with three national parks, a regional park and more than thirty nature reserves. Thanks to these numbers, Abruzzo received the title of “Green region of Europe”.
In addition to the undisputed natural beauties, this region also boasts important cultural and historic jewels. Traveling through the vast territory, from the sandy coasts to the mountains, you will come across small suggestive villages with a thousand-year history, medieval fortresses and splendid towns, treasures of an ancient architectural heritage of great artistic value.
A visit among natural and cultural beauties
Due to its variety, Abruzzo is a tourist destination all year round. The cultural tour can be alternated with trekking in the national parks, a few days skiing on the splendid slopes of Roccaraso, or relaxing moments on the sandy beaches of the Adriatic coast. Here are some suggestions for your visit:
- L’Aquila is the regional capital with a splendid medieval old town surrounded by walls. According to tradition, it rose from the union of 99 castles: this is why there are 99 squares, churches and fountains in the town.
- Sulmona, developed around the 1st century AD, still preserves the Roman urban layout and boasts a rich artistic heritage, in fact it is even called la “Siena degli Abruzzi” (Siena of Abruzzo).
- The southernmost coast of Abruzzo is known as Costa dei Trabocchi for the particular stilt houses, the “trabocchi”, used by fishermen in the past. Today, some of these have been converted into restaurants where you can enjoy the local cuisine.
- The Gran Sasso National Park offers many itineraries to cross on foot, by bike or on horseback, among the splendid peaks and ancient villages. The heart of the park is the Campo Imperatore plateau, also known as “little Tibet” for its breathtaking landscape.
- In the heart of the Apennine there’s the Abruzzo National Park that hosts 12 beautiful villages and beech forests more than 500 years old recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
- Rocca Calascio is an ancient fortification located at an altitude of 1460m that offers a panoramic view of the Abruzzo region. Due to its irresistible charm, it has also been chosen as a film set for famous films, one of which is “The Name of the Rose” with Sean Connery.