Abruzzo

Chamois
chamois

Abruzzo holds a record: 30 per cent of its territory is protected by environmental laws.

No other region in Europe can boast as much. Not without good reason is it known as “the region of parks”, the ideal target for a naturalistic vacation.

There are three national parks, one regional park and many protected sites and nature reserves: in a region like this, it seems natural that the regional capital is called L’Aquila (‘The Eagle’).

Gran Sasso
Gran Sasso

Dominated by an imposing sixteenth-century castle (which houses the National Museum of Abruzzo), L’Aquila has splendid civic and religious monuments from the medieval and renaissance eras. On the coast of Abruzzo (which vaunts popular bathing areas) one of the most popular location is Pescara, birthplace of Gabriele D’Annunzio.

The house where he was born is now a small and evocative museum. At Chieti there is an important National Archaeological Museum, well-known for the modernity and effectiveness of its exhibitions, for which it won several prizes.

Deer
Deer

The “show piece” of the museum is the Warrior of Capestrano, a funerary statue of the sixth century B.C., found in 1934 in the province of L’Aquila. At Teramo the stunning fifteenth-century Antepedium inside the cathedral, made by Nicola da Guardiagrele, the great goldsmith of Abruzzi, should not be missed.

Abruzzo is also surprisingly rich in architectural and artistic treasures, almost as much as it is full of natural treasures and folk traditions, such as the “festival of the serpents” in Cocullo, which brings thousands of people to this tiny village on the first Sunday of May.

Trabocco
Trabocco

We shall risk a slogan for this small and charming region of the southern Adriatic: “Pay a visit, before it becomes trendy”.

Ah yes, because it is not difficult to predict the mass discovery of this land where everything still has the “flavor” of old times: from the splendid landscapes to the folk traditions, from the gastronomic attractions (fabulous cheeses, among the many other typical products) to the community life, from the hospitality of the inhabitants to the unspoiled sea, from the craftsmanship (the bells of Agnone are famous) to the quiet life in the villages of the interior. It is a genuine pleasure to visit