The 10 things to see in Abruzzo the Green Region of Europe

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Abruzzo, the Green Region of Europe, is rich in protected areas and historical contexts of great interest. All the tips on 10 things to see between natural parks and places of historical interest.

  • What to see in Abruzzo in addition to the villages and cities
  • Abruzzo: naturalistic and historical attractions to visit
  • Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park
  • Majella National Park
  • Sirente-Velino Regional Park
  • Rocca Calascio
  • Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio
  • Cave of Stiffe
  • Hermitage of San Bartolomeo in Legio
  • Piccolomini Castle and Celano Gorges
  • Fortress of Civitella del Tronto
  • Abbey of San Liberatore a Majella
  • Abruzzo pictures and photos

What to see in Abruzzo in addition to the villages and cities

THEAbruzzo among the most beautiful Italian regions rich in nature reserves and historical contexts that have stood still in time. The symbol of environmental commitment translates into the many natural parks existing which today amount to up to 30.



Precisely for the love that the Italian region of Abruzzo preserves for nature and its fauna, 30% of the territory is under protection, with the aim of reaching a higher percentage in the near future.

Abruzzo: naturalistic and historical attractions to visit

Leader of the APE project (Appennino Parco D'Europa), here sustainable development is concrete enough to be able to experience it among its reserves and all the historical areas of great interest for adults and children.

The villages of Abruzzo are real jewels and their own open-air museums but its naturalistic and historical attractions are the essence of this magnificent land and we just have to discover them.



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Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park

One of the natural parks best known in the world protected by the mountain massifs that include the Gran Sasso and the Monti della Laga. The protected area of ​​the park extends as far as Lazio and Molise reaching 148.935 hectares and was born recently, in 1995.

The summit of the Gran Sasso it is certainly a place that does not leave indifferent thanks also to its Calderone Glacier. But it is not the only one, in fact you can also see those of Corno Grande and Corno Piccolo of limestone origin accompanied by Pizzo d'Intermesoli and Monte Bandiera.

The Monti della Laga are embellished with streams and waterfalls, which follow one another along the territory, alternating with the beauties of nature and its animals.

Majella National Park

The Abruzzo region is rich in Natural Parks and you cannot miss a visit to the Majella National Park. This place of great interest is home to the Bastionata del Morrone and the Pizi Bridges with the Canyon of Santo Spirito - Val Seviera - Selva Romana and Orfento which are located on the eastern part.

Il Majella Park it extends over 74.000 hectares including the marvelous cities of Pescara, L'Aquila e Chieti. This park was also born in 1995 and the peak that stands out among the others is Monte Amaro.


Sirente-Velino Regional Park

A completely different place that offers the tourist a fascinating point of view. This is a park born in 1989 with an extension that exceeds 59.000 hectares, all in the territory of L'Aquila.


The massifs it hosts are less high than those of the Majella, characterized by limestone. What makes this area rich are Celano and San Venanzio, the two gorges that leave everyone speechless and the beautiful Cave of Stiffe.

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Rocca Calascio

THEAbruzzo it is nature, fauna and places that seem to have stopped in time. Leaving aside its wonderful and traditional cities for a moment, the advice is to get to know some historical places of great interest.

Among these the Rocca Calascio which is a fortification of 1.464 in height dating back to the medieval era. There are two reasons to visit it: the first is that it is immersed within the Gran Sasso and Monti Laga National Park, characterized by an ancient white stone. The second reason is more curious, in fact this is one of the sets that were chosen to shoot the film The Name of the Rose and Lady Hawke.

The Rocca can be reached through an uphill path surrounded by nature and from that point, you can also see the Church of Santa Maria della Pietà, strategically positioned under the Corno del Gran Sasso.


Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio

The majestic is located in the city of L'Aquila Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio. Its construction dates back to the end of the thirteenth century at the behest of Celestino V, a controversial pope who has always had a symbiotic relationship with Abruzzo. The Basilica is rich in details and details that attract the attention of the tourist: it starts from its facade and then continues along the portals and its arches.


Unfortunately, the 2009 earthquake damaged the structure, but it has now been completely restored keeping all the factors that make it so perfect.

Cave of Stiffe

Among the natural places not to be missed, the Cave of Stiffe represent a particular phenomenon that dates back to 600.000 years ago. They are located in the municipality of San Demetrio ne 'Vestini and are cavities that gradually transform over time following the flow of events.

To visit them, a 700-meter tourist route has been set up to make this parallel world known up close. The tourist will be able to notice the fascinating formations of stalactites - stalagmites - dark colored lakes and streams that seem to never end. An advice? The temperatures inside these cavities are very low, for this reason you must be well equipped before entering.

Hermitage of San Bartolomeo in Legio

THEHermitage of San Bartolomeo in Legio it is a place that, in ancient times, served as a place to unplug and collect thoughts. Even today you can breathe peace and tranquility inside this cavity dug inside a rocky spur.

It is located in Roccamorice in the province of Pescara at 700 meters above sea level. The woods of Morrone and Majella frame and offer a moment of pure relaxation.

Piccolomini Castle and Celano Gorges

To go back in time, the Piccolomini Castle a Celano it's the right place. An indescribable encounter between history and nature, this structure dominates the entire Fucino plain.

From this point you can organize an excursion to the Gorges of Celano, one of the most important canyons in Spain.

The valley was carved out over time by the force of the wind and the La Foce stream, so much so that some points exceed 200 meters in height. The emotions are not over, in fact here you can meet griffins and golden eagles intent on creating their own nests.

Fortress of Civitella del Tronto

It is a very particular place with an elliptical shape with an extension that touches 25.000 square meters.

Its length is over 500 meters and is characterized by a military and severe aspect, protected by ramparts and squares of arms. Inside there are the lodgings and all the walkways that project the tourist into a very particular reality.

Abbey of San Liberatore a Majella

A few steps from Pescara here comes theAbbey of San Liberatore. An ancient monastery that was built with the same stone as the mountain, so as to blend in with the nature that surrounds it. You will be fascinated by the aisles in the romantic and Romanesque style of Abruzzo. This is a church located along the Via della Majelletta, a recommended excursion to enjoy a unique panorama of its kind.

Abruzzo pictures and photos

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