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Abruzzo also belongs to the Italian regions which annually ranks for the prestigious award of Blue Flags, the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) grants since 1987 to the coastal towns that respond to quality criteria for bathing waters and the services offered. Giulianova holds this qualification since several years. The beach of Giulianova, located between the Salinello und Tordino rivers is a coastal strip of about 5 km long with an average width of 95 meters. The port divides it into the northern - center area (Lungomare Zara) and southern area (Lungomare Spalato and Rodi).
Giulianova Alta (68 m. Above sea level.), City of art, the ancient town rich in history that preserves splendid monuments of different ages and offers, from his viewpoint, a spectacular view of the sea; modern Giulianova Lido, well equipped seaside resort among the most popular of Abruzzo, with a 'wide beach of fine golden sand, a fishing port very efficient and a modern marina.
The upper town was founded in 1470 by Giulio Antonio Acquaviva, Duke of Atri, in order to give a new home to the inhabitants of the Roman Castrum Novum, destroyed a few years earlier. Along the entire perimeter of the new city were built fortifications and defensive towers. Two of those towers - the tower, known as "White" and the tower of "Porta Napoli" - are still in excellent condition and very visible within the urban fabric. Other elements that embellish the ancient lakeside resort are the church of St. Flaviano (XV sec.), The church of St. Anthony (XVI sec.), The Shrine of Our Lady of Splendor (XVI sec.), The Church of Mercy (XVI.), as well as some magnificent buildings of various ages. In modern Giulianova Lido stands on the edge of the Adriatic State, the small church of Santa Maria a Mare (first half of the fourteenth century), with splendid portal fourteenth century, in the lunette of the arch, shows a Madonna and Child in high relief.
The Abruzzo coast offers different types of coastal landscape. The northern part is formed by wide, sandy beaches; the southern part is jagged with ledges and caves, rich Mediterranean vegetation, making the scenery unique. Abruzzo is a predominantly mountainous region (65%) and hilly (34%) the plain (1%) consists only of a narrow coastal strip along the coast and is called the "green region of Europe" through its Parks national: national Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, the Majella National Park and the national Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga; the Regional Natural Park Sirente and its many protected areas. Number of art cities to visit. L'Aquila with its Basilica of Santa Maria in Collemaggio built in the eleventh century AD contains the first Holy Door of the world. Atri is a city rich in art history. Do not miss the cathedral of the eleventh century d.c. Civitella del Tronto: one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. To visit especially the military fortress of the fifteenth century AD and "Ruetta" the narrowest street in Italy. Get down on the Abruzzo all the beauties of this region.
In fact, many small charming villages are dispersed in Abruzzo. Most of them date back to the Middle Ages. In the inland areas stone and mortar dominate undoubtedly. Villages are perched on the hills and mountains to defend against external attacks, and are often still surrounded by imposing walls. The streets are narrow to the top where are situated castles, fortresses and towers. Houses built in the walls are attached to each other, almost without spaces, with only very small windows on the upper floors only. Towards the coast stone gives way to brick, the landscape becomes softer and the village structure opens to an urban architecture, still of medieval or Roman origin, but more influenced by the Renaissance and the rich commercial trade. Lying on the hills or collected in the mountains, the villages are the true soul of the Abruzzo region and a journey of discovery can not exclude an experience of life on the streets and squares of the historic village.
Acquaparc Onda Blu is a water park of 120,000 square meters, to immerse yourself in the fun: from the kamikase to the dizzying heights, of the slides in water at several tracks, carpets which slip at any speed, the Blue Hole to go down with the rafts at a speed to lose breath until ' the fantastic wave pool. Rid of stress n the Jacuzzi area, solarium or in the green zoneunder the trees. And for the little ones, happy island is them completely dedicated, tslides and tubes are reserved for them and also a wonderful playground. In all tranquillity and relaxation, indulge yourself with a lunch break from our service snack bar well stocked for all tastes and enjoy delicious snacks in the cool.
The Rupe is an Animal Park born in 1980 in Civitella Casanova (Pescara) which integrates perfectly into the beautiful landscape of the hilly hinterland of Abruzzo. This Park was designed to welcome, from the outset, wild animals which were in centres for protection and preservation, such as for example the National Park of Abruzzo, the Forestry Corps of the State or other zoos. Thanks to this close collaboration between the institutions, a great interconnection between the parks was created, which led origin of the region's native wildlife, including brown bears, wolves and Lynx, to life with with more exotic animals such as big cats:Tigers, leopards and monkeys. Thanks to this great wealth, it acquired the name of Zoological Garden, even if the spirit and philosophy of the Rupe are those of an animal park. A visit to the Park the Rupe is an excursion in the Green and the in nature, and is not a Zoo Safari!
Giocolandia is a playground designed carefully to schools and primary. E 'consists of an area of about 2000 square meters where there are lots and fantastic attractions and games like: inflatable slides maxi playground with trails bath balls trampolines sparapalline video games and a vast soccer field indoors or outdoors for young and old Giocolandia also has a baby corner dedicated to its guests to younger children. Admission to the games is a part. Giocolandia also has a farm that opens its doors to families and school groups with the desire to re-discover the rich world of traditions, where respect for the land and for the animals that helped the man in time to become hard work reflection for the little ones and not only moment of remembrance and emotion for those who lived through drudgery now forgotten and far from the world of children, surrounded by sweet memories and love born during the celebrations after work. The park offers visitors the opportunity to combine fun and learning, attractions for kids and families of all ages, thanks to the path in the pavilion of ancient crafts, the butterfly house, the crib artistic animated, the presence of goats, rabbits , geese and peacocks, chickens and many other small ornamental friends. The meticulous and passionate research led to the creation of a permanent artistic nativity scene animated; in the silence of a magical night visitors can relive the excitement of the Nativity every day in a small town full of life at sunrise where man fiddles goods in the public square, leads the flocks grazing, fishing along the river, welcomes willingly the seasons so by adjusting the production cycles. Play and have fun on the slides, the midst of a cloud of bubbles of smoke, and in a sea of soap bubbles, stroll surrounded by thousands of animals to discover, understand how they communicate and how they see our presence not to be afraid, stroking the soft mantle ponies make the course suitable for all ages, enjoyable leisure space that will not be an end in itself.
Over the centuries, civilizations are born, grow and decay, but always leave to posterity concrete evidence of their culture and of their thinking. The cities are great outdoor museums where these testimonies are kept and can be admired in all their splendor. Abruzzo, "Green Region of Europe" where nature and art blend harmoniously, has a historical and artistic heritage (still largely unknown to the public) of the most extraordinary and diverse country and has numerous cities' art, located between the mountain and the sea, able to enchant the visitor. Some of the most famous cities are: Chieti Civitella del Tronto Guardiagrele Penne Scanno Sulmona Teramo Vasto
The element that probably contributes significantly to make unique landscape of Abruzzo is the impressive number of defensive structures of various types (mighty castles, towers, fortresses, castles-fence, fortresses, fortified palaces, etc.), scattered in the region, from the coast to the mountain areas. If there are more than a hundred, some perfectly intact, others reduced to a few ruins human neglect or by war or natural; all, however, able to charm the visitor and bring him back in time. When you consider that the extension of Abruzzo, one of the smallest Italian regions, is only 10,794 square kilometers. and within its boundaries are the two main mountain ranges across the Apennines, is easy to guess what the density on the territory of these ancient fortifications and understand why this land was also attributed the title of "Great permanent museum outside of military architecture. "
The phenomenon of began to spread around the IX-X century and proliferated until the Renaissance forwarded. Especially interested in the areas crossed by millennial "sheep tracks", used by transhumant herds for their periodic shifts from green pastures of the Apennines to the plains in Puglia, and vice versa. Even today, in fact, through the Aquila basin and the adjacent "this plain," the crossroads of the main grassy paths marked by the comings and goings of secular men and flocks, the eye is abducted by the numerous castles, fences of defense and other fortified structures that dominate the wonderful medieval villages, often also fortified, that arise on the surrounding heights. A real show, difficult to find elsewhere!
It is in this context environmental stunning that rises to 1,512 m. above sea level, on a rocky ridge overlooking the plateau of Navelli and the valley of Tirino and embraces the eye and the neighboring huge plateau of Campo Imperatore, a symbol of Abruzzo: the famous castle of Rocca Calascio (XIII sec.), one of the forts highest in Europe.
In the hilly northern most province of Teramo, near the border with the Marches, stands the historic fortress of Civitella del Tronto, one of the most impressive in Italy (long over 500 m., Area exceeding 25,000 square meters.), Who was the 'Bourbon last stronghold to surrender, March 20, 1861 (then three days after the unification of the Kingdom), and after a bloody siege that lasted more than six months, the emerging unification of Italy.
On the beach of Pineto stands as a symbol of the Abruzzo coast the striking Cerrano Tower, tower of coastal sighting of the XVI century.
In fact, the concept of health in recent decades has radically changed those receiving in their concepts of balance, wellness and harmony to help you live better and to prevent the disease condition.. The termal town of Abruzzo best known is that of Caramanico Therme, with an historical tradition in spa treatments. The spa was inaugurated in 1901 but the beneficial properties of the waters have been known since 1576.
Today the Baths of Caramanico have become a reference in the wellness tourism in Italy, on the point of being considered as a model of development also by the cities of Popoli and Raiano. Specializing in inhalations, mud baths and therapeutic baths, they also offer many beauty treatments based on water and mud. Modern equipment and qualified staff are an added value of great importance in the realization of the objective of total well-being. Taking care of a person is at 360 °, from the superb hospitality, the diversity of innovative treatments for the purpose of beauty, relaxation, prevention and treatment. The charm and spirituality of the landscape of the valley and the National Park of Orfento in the Maiella predispose looking for an armonious relationship of the environment with the body.
From the experience of the Baths of Caramanico a new thermal project came to life in Popoli in the late 90s. In a fascinating natural environment, the thermal waters of Popoli are used for the treatment of rheumatic diseases, ENT, gynecological, vascular and pneumological. Rehabilitation therapy has a primary role: the spa is indeed equipped with an en efficient fitness room, idrovasculary trails, whirlpool baths and a pool for hydro-physiotherapy.
The traditions in Abruzzo are extremely rich, guarded and handed down by the tenacity and pride of the people of Abruzzo.
The religious and folk Abruzzo fact constitute a unique heritage of ancient rituals that preserve the identity of the people and the land. Are the glue of local communities, they preserve the history and knowledge. As a side dish there are always spectacular landscapes and medieval villages, in alternation suggestive of spirituality and magic.
Handicrafts offers fine examples and spectacular shapes and materials cultivated since ancient times.
Folklore in Abruzzo
Here are some major religious events in Abruzzo and other traditional festivals Abruzzo
The Ox and San Zopito - Sunday and Whit Monday - Loreto Aprutino (Pe)
Every year there is the ritual of genuflecting ox, associated with the feast of the patron saint, San Zopito. According to legend, the passage of the relics of the saint an ox stopped pulling the plow and bowed. Since then, a white ox is taken in the churchyard to genuflect and then in a procession around the country. By ejections let along the path once you drew the odds for the harvest.
The Madonna running - Easter Sunday - Sulmona (Aq) This procession held on the morning of Easter Sunday attracts thousands of visitors. The two statues of St. Peter and St. John coming into the square and head up to the Church of St. Philip Blacks, in which there is the Madonna, while the statue of the risen Christ remains stationary in front of the arches of the medieval. St. Peter and St. John notify the Virgin that Jesus is risen and the third ad Madonna out of the church and headed for the place indicated and the height of the fountain, he sees the risen Christ, is liberated from the black robe, he discovers a beautiful green dress while the pigeons are released in the air, and runs to the son. It 'a very exciting moment that closes the procession, tension but also of hope.
The Jousting - last Saturday and last Sunday of July - Sulmona (Aq) It dates back to the Swabians and was all the rage at the time of the Aragonese. It is held twice a year and consisted of three assaults on launches of each rider against a human target, the maintainer, protected by armor. The Mastrogiurato assigned a score based on the body parts affected and the loss of blood. "For non-application and lack of knights jousting" was abandoned in the mid '600. Today sestrieri and villages in which the city is divided resumed compete in the Piazza Maggiore. The human targets are replaced by targets of cardboard from which hang the rings to be stuck with spears.
The Feast of Daffodils - last Sunday of greater Rocca di Mezzo (Aq) It is celebrated every year since 1947 when a group of young people invented this party to alleviate the suffering left by the war. Narcissus, here, in May is in full bloom and is used for the preparation of floats which over the years have become more and more spectacular.
Feast of San Domenico Abate - Procession of Serpari - first Thursday in May - Cocullo (Aq) The procession of the serpents, held every year on the first Thursday in May, in honor of San Domenico which protects against diseases of the teeth and the bite of the snake The sound of a bell, whose cord is pulled with teeth, announces procession, then draw in the land behind the niche of the saint, who was once garbage, spread it on the fields or around homes and ward off the dangers. When the procession begins, the saint is carried through the streets of the country covered with snakes.
Mastrogiurato and parties september - Lanciano (Ch) The festivals are held on september 14, 15 and 16 September and attract thousands of people. Start with the explosion of fireworks and the lighting of illuminations that, in a fabulous script, mark the route of the demonstrations. The Mastrogiurato, which is a figure to which they were assigned full powers in the management of Exhibitions, is a historical re-enactment with a grand parade with over 600 figures that is held on the first Sunday of September.
The Faugni December 8 to 8 Atri (Te) The tradition of fauns ignis, fire Faun, is repeated every year on December 8. Once the farmers lit fires in honor of the pagan god of fertility of the earth, today the large bundles of reeds are lit and carried in procession through the city until you reach Piazza del Duomo, where they form a large bonfire. Follows the procession with the statue of the Immaculate and, after the procession, are burned two pupae, two puppets featured female hiding inside a person that guides the movements in a dance.
The Race of the Gypsies - first Sunday of September Pacentro (Aq) Zingaro, nell'accezione local, is the one who walks barefoot. The race is held barefoot. At the sound of the bell of the church of S. Maria di Loreto, young people throw themselves down from the top of Stone Split along the country lanes, on sharp stones, across the creek, for two miles until you come back inside the Church and prostrate before the altar of Our Lady, leaving behind a trail of blood from the foot injuries. The last competitor the Church's doors are closed, the gypsies are medicated and then carried in triumph through the crowd in the order of arrival. The race goes back to Caldora that on this occasion could assess the strength and athleticism of the young men.
The Forgiveness - 28 and 29 August - L'Aquila On 28 and 29 August each year in L'Aquila renews the solemn rite of Forgiveness, a plenary indulgence perpetual Celestine V, the same evening of his coronation as pope, granted to all the faithful of Christ that would go , confessed and repented sincerely, from the evening of August 28 to the vespers of the day 29, the basilica of Collemaggio. The Forgiveness is accompanied by a week of parties, concerts, exhibitions, conferences and exhibitions.
Craftsmanship in Abruzzo Handicrafts in Abruzzo keeps alive the use of raw materials and working very ancient. Ceramics, jewelry, textiles and accessories are unique, enriched by the inestimable value of tradition and know-how.
Castelli ceramics The art ceramic castle has ancient origins and has its roots in the very nature of the place: the presence of clay in the soil, plenty of water and wood needed to fuel the furnaces in which the creations of artisans were done baking. Today you can admire the masterpieces destined for European noble families in the most important museums in the world: from 'Ermitage at the Louvre, to the British and the Victorian and Albert Museum. Yellow, green, orange, blue: these are the typical color of the Castelli, while the decorations, in addition to the flowers have been enhanced with mythological scenes and hunting, landscapes and animals.
Wrought Iron and Copper The art of wrought iron has very ancient origins in Abruzzo. It is used a lot both in the decoration of outdoor areas both inside. In countries around the Abruzzo you will find many examples of great creativity made by beating the iron in small shops as they did once, especially in Pescocostanzo, where there is a magnificent example of the gate of the Chapel of the Sacrament in the Basilica of Santa Maria del Colle and Guardiagrele, which is held in August, a trade show of artistic Majella. Also in Guardiagrele there are laboratories that produces artistic objects in copper, first of all the basin of Abruzzo, used by women to collect water at the source and then transported balanced on their heads.
Goldsmith's Throughout the region, the processing of gold is an art widespread since ancient times, especially for the construction of sacred objects ,. Diverse and sophisticated processing techniques: filigree, molding, embossing and chisel are today the most used techniques in laboratories. The jewel is the most famous and representative presentosa, a large medallion in gold filigree in the middle between the canopy and the flower, with the middle two hearts, linked to the rites of the engagement. A Scanno, Pescocostanzo and Sulmona are still precious artifacts processed in the traditional way.
Stone And 'the dominant element of the architecture of the interior of Abruzzo. On the one hand the limestone mountain mother, Majella, on the other hand the sandstone of the Gran Sasso, characterize all the squares and streets of the villages, the decorations of the facades of some buildings and all the gardens. Lettomanoppello, Pretoro, Pennapiedimonte, Pacentro and Crognaleto are the centers where there is still a significant production of handicraft.
Wool and lace The great tradition of wool was the fate of a place for centuries grew around herding activity and is widespread in all the centers although with some specificity. The tarante, for example, large colorful blankets, come from Taranta Peligna, where even today are produced according to the original drawings. That of the pillow is perhaps the highest artistic expression craft Abruzzo A Pescocostanzo there are a school and a museum, but the most important production center of Abruzzo is to Scanno.
The religious tourism in Abruzzo is one of its most exciting destinations.
Thanks to the geographical location of Abruzzo and the diversity of environments, from the peaks of "Little Tibet of Europe" to the wilderness of the Adriatic, the region has always been an ideal ground for the spiritual quest.
It is not a coincidence that Abruzzo has been a fertile ground for the development of monasticism and asceticism, whose testimonies are the many hermitages of the Majella and the beautiful abbeys which abound in the area.
The Sanctuary of St. Gabriel Saint Patron of Abruzzo and saint Patron protector of smiles and youth. St. Gabriel is not only worldwide known as the saint of youth, but the sanctuary is among the fifteen most visited in the world. During certain periods of the year, as in early March, or one hundred days from the maturity exam, thousands of students Abruzzo and Marche are found here in prayer. The simple and serene image of the saint is a headlight for the two million visitors who visit this sanctuary every year. On his grave, miracles continue to happen, as evidenced by the thousands of votive offerings by the faithful as a sign of recognition. The ancient Church was founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1215 and the Franciscans remained there until 1809, when the monastic orders were abolished. Since 1847 the church and convent are managed by the Passionist Fathers. From The original church there remains only the fountain of St. Francis, frescoes of the 7th century and the cloister of the convent. The new sanctuary, an imposing structure that can hold up to 12,000 people, built next to the old church houses the crypt of the Saint and retains contemporary sacred art and in particular stained glass and mosaics of precious works of artist cappuccino Ugolino da Belluno. Among the visitors Popes John Paul II and Joseph Ratzinger. The Sanctuary hosts a biennial contemporary 's Sacred Art of International Importance.
The Holy Stairs in Campli (Scala Santa) Campli preserves in the Church of St. Paul the Holy Stairs, privilege recognized by Pope Clement XIV in 1772, which gives the absolution of sins and plenary indulgence with the same value as that obtained in Rome. To obtain absolution, the faithful must climb 28 steps of the wooden stair, rising on his knees, while praying head down. Along the stair wall, there are six tables representing the moments of the Passion of Christ. The last step leads to the altar of the Saviour, who grants forgiveness to sinners and frees them from the charge of their sins.
The Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano Lanciano is known around the world for the first Eucharistic miracle that the history of the Catholic Church can remember. This miracle took place in the 8th century, in response to the doubts of a Brazilian monk, processing an ostie in sacred live flesh and the wine into live blood. The relics consist of five drops of blood and a thin circular membrane flesh, stored in a monstrance in the church of St. Francis. Some scientific studies have shown that the blood has all the characteristics of plasma proteins and the flesh is composed of the heart muscle tissue belonging to the same person. each year this extraordinary miracle attracts thousands of faithfull.
The Holy Face of Manoppello Manoppello is visited each year by thousands of pilgrims who come here to see the veil representing the image of Christ which, together with the Holy Shroud, is considered the original face of Jesus. According to the experts, the image is "achiropite", ie of miraculous origin, appeared alone by divine intervention and not drawn or painted human hand and has a unique feature to be visible from both sides. Some researchers, especially Heinrich Pfeiffer, professor of Christian iconology and art history at the Pontifical Gregorian University, asser that it is the veil of Veronica, who wiped the face of Jesus on the road to the Calvary. In recent years, studies have recorded the perfect coincidence between the image of Manoppello and the Shroud, except that in the first the eyes are open, so alive, while in the Shroud which is a linen cloth, they are closed thus death.
THE HERMITAGES The hermitages of Abruzzo are concentrated nellaMajella, but during the early Middle Ages the phenomenon dell'eremitismo, as an escape from the world of the monks in search of spirituality and closeness to God, spread throughout Abruzzo. The hermitages of Majella had great notoriety thanks to the work of Peter from Morrone, who became pope under the name of Celestine V, so as to take the name of Celestine sanctuaries Majella.
Hermitage of S. Onofrio and Morrone - Sulmona (Aq) The hermitage of Sant 'Onofrio and Morrone, embedded in rock, is reached by a staircase carved in stone that is pleasant to travel even to the scents of broom, thyme and dell' laurel that come from the maquis. Protected by a boulder, the hermitage of Sant 'Onofrio and Morrone miraculously seems to stand in a wall dizzying. Below the church of the Holy cave houses a pallet, the "Cradle of Onofrio", where according to tradition, bedtime would help to heal the pain. In the cave stone retains a strange warmth and faithful collect water seeping from the wall, considered miraculous.
Hermitage of Santo Spirito a Maiella - Roccamorice (Pe) The hermitage of Santo Spirito a Maiella, is the largest and best known of the hermitages of the Maiella. Today the hermitage of Santo Spirito a Majella consists of a church, sacristy, guest quarters and a monastery, where the cells are located, the chapter house, the library, the winter chapel and refectory. For several years in the hermitage is a community of young brothers of the Congregation of the "Cerreto".
Hermitage of San Michele Arcangelo - Pescocostanzo (Aq) The hermitage of San Michele Arcangelo is located 4 km daPescocostanzo, at the foot of Mount Pizzalto. The origin of the hermitage of San Michele Arcangelo is tied to the cult of Hercules. With the spread of Christianity the place of worship was dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel. The front part is structured corner. The main facade closes the cave while the front side closes the area abitativa.L'interno church is paved with stone slabs, in contrast to the time in the original rock.
Hermitage of San little all'Orfento - Caramanico (Pe) The hermitage of St. John of 'Orfento Caramanico is 1227 m above sea level on the high side of the Majella, in the Natural Reserve dell'Orfento and is the hermitage of majella more hidden and difficult to reach among those inhabited by Celestine V. Access is via stairs and walkway hermitage carved into the wall, whose width in some places is not wider than 50 centimeters.
Hermitage of San Bartolomeo in Legio - Roccamorice (PE) Reaching the hermitage of San Bartolomeo in Legio from Roccamorice, the building appears suddenly and surprise contributes to an unforgettable encounter. We are at 600 m above sea level, protected by a rock 50 meters long. Hermitage is reached by a staircase carved in the rock, the Scala Santa, which leads to a rocky balcony at the end of which is the church. Inside the church is a simple altar above the statue of St. Bartholomew, and on the left wall there is a small source of water that devotees believe miraculous.
ABBEYS The great abbeys of Abruzzo from the middle ages and often placed in strategic locations on the highlands of the mountains or hills in front of the sea, to dominate the main streets of the town, were the center and the growth engine of artistic, economic and demographic region.
San Clemente Abbey The San Clemente Abbey is one of the most important monuments of Abruzzo, also unfortunately damaged by the earthquake of 6 April 2009 but renovated and reopened to the public. The Abbey was built along the banks of the river Pescara and was first dedicated to the Holy Trinity, and then in San Clemente when they were acquired the bones of the saint in 872. The facade of the Abbey of San Clemente a Casauria is preceded by a portico with columns and capitals; the Porch has a beautiful vault and on his left are the ruins of a bell tower. The interior has three naves and coverage is now truss with painted brick lozenges.
Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere The Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere, two miles from Fossacesia, is located in a stunning location, with a breathtaking view: from the tops of the Majella through the hills to the sea, along the Trabocchi Coast. Surprising the harmonious fusion of Romanesque and Gothic elements that characterize both the interior and the exterior. The church has three naves divided by 12 pillars and ending with apses, the presbytery is framed by a magnificent Gothic arch, the central apse and the right of the viewer have round arches. Two large staircases leading to the crypt that holds the remains of Trasmondo II, Count of Chieti.
San Liberatore a Maiella The San Liberatore a Maiella, who according to legend was founded by Charlemagne, has a facade with the top three single simple and bottom three portals of the oldest Romanesque Abruzzo. The bell tower is square has three levels, each divided by stone bands. Each floor is windowed with single, mullioned windows.
Santa Maria Arabona The Santa Maria Arabona, a short distance from Manoppello, is one of the most popular and best known of Abruzzo. Sort of a pagan temple dedicated to the goddess Bona, from which it takes its name, The Santa Maria Arabona is architectural gem from the late twelfth century. The tabernacle and the candlestick with the Easter candle are the elements, white stone, the most valuable in the Church. The tabernacle, which is unparalleled in Abruzzo, is based on two pillars finely decorated with floral motifs. The candlestick is formed by a column wrapped in a vine supported by two dogs and a lion, representing the heresies that threaten the faith and Christians.
Many typical products of Abruzzo are under the control of the Presidency of Slow Food and are protected according to the criteria of land conservation and processing methods. In each area you will find specialties that are transmitted in the culinary culture of Abruzzo that particular territory and that you will not find anywhere else. Do not miss them!
Typical products of Abruzzo Below we give you an idea of the richness and variety of typical products of Abruzzo:
Red garlic of sulmona Red garlic of Sulmona cultivated exclusively in the Peligna Valley is one of the most appreciated varieties of garlic, by the wealth of essential oils. The exterior is white but the inside is red.
Spelt The spelt is produced in many areas of Abruzzo, in the foothills and mountainous areas. It has a very low energy intake and lends itself to biological agriculture thanks to the small number of handling it requires . We recommend spelt of Torano and Montereale.
Licorice The country of licorice is Atri. Licorice also grows in creeks of gullies is produced in this region since the Roman era. Even today, the processing is performed in the factory belonging to the Dominican convent which was produced until 1809 and follows the traditional process. The extraction of juice is made by infusing the roots in hot water.
Lentils of Santo Stefano di Sessanio Small and soft, they are famous worldwide for their delicate flavor. The colour is darker compared to other varieties, are rich in iron and resistant to baking , they are cultivated between 1150 and 1600 meters above sea level, without chemical intervention. They are part of the Slow Food. Each year, on the first Sunday of September, is organized in Santo Stefano di Sessanio a festival to preserve and recount the tradition.
Mortadella of Campotosto Made with pork growed in the Laga Mountains, it has an ovoid form, a fine grain, and inside a piece of lard. The Pork is raised with natural foods at an altitude of 1400 m, on the shores of the lake, and is slaughtered in a more mature age than anywhere else in Italy to ensure a compact meat.. The microclimate of Campotosto with the north wind that comes from the Gran Sasso, ensures the correct maturation and success of the mortadellina. The maturation takes place in a natural manner. Under the control of Slow Food.
Pasta The birthplace of dried pasta is Fara San Martino, at the foot of the Maiella, where the richness of pure water has consented the installation of an industry that now exports its products worldwide. Throughout the region there are producers of pasta and ovens with an excellent handicraft production, because the secret, in addition to water and to the quality of the wheat, resides in the transmission of experience handed down from family to family.
Pecorino cheese of Farindola and Canestrato of Castel del Monte Sheep's cheese is one of the typical products of Abruzzo. The most popular are the Pecorino di Farindola and canestrato Castel del Monte. The first is made from milk of ewes raised on the eastern slopes of the Gran Sasso and under the control of the Slow Food. Cheese canestrato Castel del Monte is an hard cheese, with an intense aroma and sometimes slightly spicy flavor It takes its name from the "baskets" that give it the form and leave the signs that characterize the typical crust.
Truffles There are 28 varieties of truffles in Abruzzo, especially prized is the black truffle, but also the white one, the blanchette. A survey of the Regional Development Agency has recencied 219 cultivations of natural truffle. The production is excellent, but in this case the Abruzzo brand is still not well known and the truffle is often sold in other regions.
Saffron of Navelli The "Saffron of L'Aquila" is obtained by harvesting and drying the stigma (or pistils) flowers "Crocus Sativus" in the plain of Navelli. Harvesting and processing are done manually. For one kilogram of saffron are necessary at least 200,000 flowers.
One third of the territory of the region consists of protected areas. Three national parks, a regional park and tens of nature reserves are an asset unequaled for species conservation and biodiversity, to the point that the Abruzzo region earned the title of European Green Region. The wonder of nature reveals himself in the great forests of beech and silver fir trees in blossoming of many wild orchids, daffodils, gentian, and in the most solitary of the Majella and Gran Sasso places of edelweiss.
It is the habitat of the bears, chamois, wolves, deer, wild boars, foxes and squirrels, as well as the golden eagles, peregrine falcons, hawks and falcon greppio, which are just some of the many species you might have the chance to meet during a walk in the nature.
The National Park of Gran Sasso and Laga Mountains The National Park of Gran Sasso and Laga Mountains include three mountain ranges: the massif of the Laga Mountains and the twin Mounts and the chain of Gran Sasso of Italy, with the highest peak of the Apennines, Corno Grande (2912 meters) and the only glacier in the south of Europe, Calderone (Cauldron). The diversity of geographic location, size and relief give the park Gran Sasso a variety of unique landscapes. Gran Sasso is composed of limestone and dolomite which confer on very high sidewalls and majestic and imposing mountains. the Laga Mountains on the contrary, are composed of sandstone and marl, with more rounded tops and a number of streams and rivers flowing down towards the valley, forming tens of magnificent waterfalls. While on the L’Aquila side slopes of Gran Sasso, the pastures are very large, the Laga Mountains are largely covered by forests. The Gran Sasso National Park is home to wolves, chamois, bear, golden eagle, peregrine falcon and is covered with adonis, a yellow flower that grows only here, the white of the Apennine edelweiss, the blue of hyacinths. Fir, forests of beech and of chestnut trees alternating with stretches of blueberry, almond and fields of lentils, saffron. They are really numerous the scenic routes that you can follow in the 11 districts of eco-tourism and cultural contexts in which the Park Authority has divided the territory.
The National Park of Abruzzo The National Park of Abruzzo, is with the Gran Paradiso National Park the oldest of Italy. the park Management of Abruzzo National Park includes the enhancement of the environment, ecological tourism and the production of typical quality products allowing an increase that respects human nature without stripping and threaten the resources that would no longer be reproducible. The Abruzzo National Park is one of the few parts of Europe where it is possible to meet the Marsican bear, the wolf Abruzzo chamois, lynx and golden eagle. It is covered with forests of beech but there also grows maple, black pine and green oak. There are 150 eco-tourist routes, for a total length of over 250 km that can be covered on foot, by bike, on horseback or in winter with skis. Moreover this is the only way to really explore the reality of the Park of Abruzzo, knowing breathing and find a deep contact with the environment.
The National Park of Majella The National Park of Majella, of which the most important point is the mountain Majella, mother for the inhabitants of Abruzzo, still retains an intact and often wild nature. 60 hilly reliefs dominate a territory, which by its harshness, the majestic and the mutability is an unique experience to live. Wolves, bears, chamois, deer, Golden Eagle, and peregrine falcons are living in a park where the forests of beech alternate with deep valleys and plateaux. Forests of maple, orchids, gentian and the poppies, pines, juniper, blueberries enrich the flora of the National Park of Majella and will give you the thrill of rediscovering the true breath of nature. The exploration of National Park of Majella worth discovering spirituality through a journey through shrines, caves in isolated environments to the dizzying heights chosen by the monks to approach the absolute and God . There is no place of worship in the world more exciting than bare rock where Pietro da Morrone, who became pope under the name of Celestine V, has taken refuge to devote himself to the faith.
The Regional Park of Sirente Velino The Regional Park of Sirente Velino is among the largest in Italy by environmental and cultural wealth. Strategically located between the Abruzzo National Park and the National Park of Gran Sasso ranging from 600 to 2300 m above sea level, is home to unbelievably various territories, made of canyons, high plateaux, valleys, cliffs and boulders with a wide variety of species of plants and animals, but also villages, castles and historical centers of great interest. The Velino group is largely barren and arid and is dominated by semi-desertic areas, while the chain of the Sirente is home to large tracts of lush vegetation. Both massifs are separated by the haut-plateau of the Rocche. In the Velino Sirente Park are growing the berries, such as strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, gooseberries, large gooseberries, mushrooms scattered throughout the Park, black truffles and saffron. The karst is a widespread phenomenon in the Park Sirente Velino whose most spectacular examples consist of the caves of Stiffe and the gorge of Celano.