The province of L’Aquila is the largest in the region, and, despite being the only one not to have direct access to the sea, it compensates for this with the many cultural and historic richness, tourist and natural attractions scattered throughout its territory, which, it must be remembered sees thirteen small towns included in the prestigious Club de “The Most Beautiful Villages of Italy”.
In cities abound palaces that date back, mostly, to the period from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century and spectacular are the many churches that adorn the streets with their old facades and bell sounds. There are many towns rich in history, culture and traditions in the area of L’Aquila Scanno and its natural lake; the beautiful medieval villages of Castelvecchio Calvisio, Fontecchio, Pacentro, Pescocostanzo and St. Stephen’s around this area, Grave, and his burial; the pre-Roman Amiternum; the historic Corfe, which was the capital, with the name “Italy”, of the Italic peoples revolted against Rome; Cocullo and its serpents; Celano, Rocca di Mezzo Rocca di Cambio; caves Stiffe; Castel di Sangro; the fortified village of Castel del Monte; the religious Sulmona and its confetti; just to name a few ….
In defense of Nature is the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga, which includes three groups of mountains (Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga Mountains Gemini) and which contains natural riches, historical, artistic, charming old towns, vast landscapes mountains strict and an exceptional variety of plant species. The protected area covers the central area of the Abruzzo and borders on two other major national parks in the north-west of the Sibillini Mountains, south-east of the Majella. The nearly 3,000 meters of the Gran Sasso make it the highest peak of the Apennines and are about 2,400 plant species surveyed on its slopes, with many endemic species in common with the neighboring massif of Majella and there are many species of animals: among mammals remember, the Abruzzo chamois, which has recently been reintroduced thanks to specimens from the Abruzzo National Park, deer, roe deer, wolf, brown bear.