WHAT TO DO ABRUZZO

Abruzzo offers a varied landscape and a number of different exciting and surprising vacation categories.

The highest summits of the Apennines (Gran Sasso) and the renowned tourist resorts of Roccaraso, Campo Imperatore, Pescasseroli and Rivisondoli boast modern facilities to practice ski, snowboard and snow rafting, and a great number of slopes; while cross-country tracks are situated in the breathtaking scenery of the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise.

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 It is also possible to practice various open-air sports in contact with nature in sites of great value: hiking and excursions by foot, mountain biking or trekking routes. The amazing Sagittario Gorge, Zompo lo Schioppo Falls, or Lakes Penne and Serranello, are protected areas where it is also possible to practice birdwatching.

Everywhere, from Gran Sasso to Sirente, this territory seems to be made just for your pastime among unspoiled nature, like mountaineering and climbing.

For the horseback riding enthusiasts there are countless possibilities for excursions, for example  it is possible to ride for hundreds of miles on a trail among the surprising surroundings of the National Park of Gran Sasso and the Laga Mountains. Thanks to well-equipped beaches and modern facilities you can also enjoy a wide range of sea sports on the seaboard, like canoeing, windsurfing, sailing or fishing. Moreover, exciting cycling trails pass through pine-woods and beech groves.

But Abruzzo also means night-time fun and entertainment. Night owls can choose between many sea resorts’ clubs, pubs and restaurants.

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The archaeological ruins of the Fucino Valley are also noteworthy. The ancient city of Alba Fucens, located at the base of Mount Velino, was a satellite territory of Imperial Rome, not far from the remains of Roman villas and a necropolis.

The region is also a place of worship, thanks to a great number of religious itineraries settled in pristine environments: in the Vomano Valley there is the Romanesque and Gothic Church of Santa Maria di Propezzano, while near Sulmona a famous monastery perched on a rocky wall lies, it is the famous Hermitage of Celestine V.

Gourmets will enjoy a fantastic experience in this part of Italy, from the Adriatic coast with its olive orchard and vineyards, to the hinterland and Peligna Valley, where, visiting the farms, it is possible to taste delicious local products, wine and oil.

Finally, religious and folklore events and festivals are unmissable. Among the great number of interesting events there are the Living Nativity scenes in Rivisondoli; Perdonanza Festival in L’Aquila offers re-enactments, concerts and meetings; during the fair of Serpari di San Domenico, in Cocullo, there is a procession with the statue of the Saint covered with snakes.

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