The evocative Valle dell’Aterno, with its old villages, is set in a narrow valley enveloped by mountains and hills laced by historic trails. Known as the greenest region in Europe, over one third of Abruzzo is set aside for national parks and nature reserves. Typical plant and animal species local to the region, like golden eagles, wolves, and Marsican brown bears, find shelter in one of many such protected areas, like Abruzzo National Park, Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park, and Majella National Park.
In the northern part of the region, the seaside is formed by long and sandy strands, while in the southern part the beaches are mostly made of pebbles. Further inward, small but awesome hinterland burgs, monasteries, and castles add to the allure of this fantastical place.
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Abruzzo, in south central Italy, stretches from the Apennine core to the Adriatic Sea, over a mainly mountainous and wild land. The high mountain localities of Pescasseroli, Rivisondoli, and Roccaraso, perched among unspoiled summits and rocky walls, attract large recreation crowds in the winter, drawn to the top level skiing on offer.
The high, trackless peaks of the Gran Sasso, Monti della Laga, and Majella descend into a wide set of hills that terminate at the Adriatic seaside. You can take a path that leads from the Gran Sasso all the way to the sea, crosses territories full of history, tradition, and art that never cease to astonish.