Abruzzo Photographs, Museums, Castles, National Parks, Transportation
Many foreign travelers prefer the "picture postcard" beauty of the north, but to travel to Abruzzo and other southern regions is to witness an age-old Italian lifestyle that has not changed for centuries. Here you'll find ancient beechwood forests inhabited by wolves and bears, century-old pathways still used by colorfully-attired shepherds and their flocks, ominous castles which now guard nothing but desolate stretches of wilderness where the only sign of life might be a soaring royal eagle or a lone family of mountain goats.
Though Italians traditionally think of Abruzzo as a remote, mountainous region, its eastern border is marked by vast sandy beaches stretching along the Adriatic north and south of Pescara. Venture west from here and you will indeed soon enter the hills, which rise quickly to become the infamous Abruzzo mountains, dotted with some of the least visited hill towns in Italy.
This is what our grandmothers called God's country, site of the vast and extremely well administered Abruzzo National Park, one of the most important in all of Europe. Nearby is the newly-designated Maiella National Park, along with several regional parks. Flora and fauna abound in these protected areas, where thick forests and flowering meadows give way to barren high plains and snow-capped granite peaks. Europe's southernmost glacier, the Calderone, extends from Corno Grande to Corno Piccolo, in the shadow of Gran Sasso, tallest peak on the Italian peninsula.
- Castelli to Chieti: A Drive Through Abruzzo.
- This region offers a staggering array of delicious home-cooked food, some of which you may never have seen before. Here's a guide to the goodies.
- High mountains, broad valleys and a strategic location: it's the ideal recipe for castle country. Come with us now on a virtual tour of Abruzzo's many stunning castles.
- Abruzzo's jewel is the Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, an unparalleled haven for wild animals, trees, flowers and travel-weary tourists.
- Few parts of Italy are better organized for camping than Abruzzo. Here are the addresses of some camp sites which provide facilities, as well as other addresses for information about more independent camping.
- Here's a two- or three-day itinerary through the charming villages surrounding Maiella National Park, Italy's newest protected nature area.
- Kids will love the thrill of tracking a spectacular underground river in Abruzzo's Stiffe Caves.
- Abruzzo is studded with convents and monasteries. Some are works of art, others have a world-class location and others offer an interesting alternative to staying in a hotel.
- One easy way to enjoy the panoramic scenery of Abruzzo is a ride on the Treno della Valle.
- A devastating earthquake hit the mountain villages of Abruzzo on April 6, 2009. Click here to make donations for the Abruzzo earthquake victims.
- Find the location, zip code, area code, province or region of a specific town.
- A year-round calendar of the colorful festivals and pageants held throughout the regions of Abruzzo.
- Ceramics, kitchen utensils, hand-made linens, antique bric-a-brac: what better place to find souvenirs for your friends and yourself than a flea market, set in the shadow of a 16th-century cathedral, perchance? Keep this calendar of outdoor markets in Abruzzo for your files.
[Regions of Italy]