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L'Aquila
Saturday, August 25TH, 2012 by Glauco
L'Aquila is one the most beautiful cities in Italy, and has been for hundreds of years, despite its many trials. The most recent devastating event was an earthquake in 2009 that partially destroyed the city; in a twist, this same devastation brought L'Aquila to the international spotlight more than its historical value ever did. The rebuilding of the art district is very difficult, due to the specifics and artistic characteristic of each building, and as a result it is likely to be quite a long time before the city comes back to its original splendor. At the moment, access to the historical...
Castello Boncompagni is the ducal castle on the beautiful Isola del Liri. The palace is an ancient fortified castle full of history and located close to the island’s old town, where the two branches of the Liri River form the island mass. Two beautiful waterfalls, Valcatoio and the Great Falls, complete the gorgeous picture, which would charm any visitor. The castle has been important to the region ever since it had been built in the 12th century. The beautiful architecture of the castle, as well as its historical importance as a fortified residence, makes Castello Boncompagni one of the...
Majella National Park
Monday, January 18TH, 2010 by ancos
Panorama of Majella and Sangro's Valley In Abruzzi you will find the Majella Massif, an imposing mountain group called Montagna Madre (Mother Mountain) by the locals and which was referred to by Pilny the Elder as the Padre dei Monti (Mountains' Father). Along with Porrara, Morrone and Monte Pizzi these wild mountains make up the Majella National Park, which spans the provinces of Pescara, L'Aquila and Chieti. There are several beautiful karst planes and valleys in this territory as well as gorgeous mountains; the highest Majella peak being Monte Amaro. Here you can enjoy over 500...
Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park
Monday, January 18TH, 2010 by ancos
  Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National ParkSpread over an area of 150,000 hectares this Italian national park, in the province of L'Aquila, is dominated by the Gran Sasso, a massif that towers over the surrounding area. Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga Park is located between the Mediterranean and the Euro-Siberian regions and is one of the largest parks in Italy, with numerous activities and tours to keep visitors busy year round. The park also has a diverse array of flora and fauna as well as many areas of architectural and historical interest. The region also boasts much natural beauty...
National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise
Monday, January 18TH, 2010 by ancos
  The National Park of Abruzzo - View of the Gran Sasso   The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise is one of the largest and most important parks in Italy. Founded in 1923 the park is often known as the National Park of Abruzzo, mostly because most of the land is part of the Abruzzo region. The headquarters of the park is located in Pescasseroli in the L'Aquila province. The park is the oldest in the Appennines and is considered to be very important because it preserves various animal species such as Chamois, Marsican Brown Bear and the Italian wolf. Almost two-thirds of the park is...
Teramo
Monday, January 11TH, 2010 by ancos
Teramo - Aerial View of the Historic Center - Photo courtesy of S4mb0r4/Wikimedia   About two hours outside Rome is a region that boasts both sun-capped mountains and sunny beaches and a city of the same name that offers much to discover. The region of Teramo is perfectly situated between the Adriatic Coast and the Apennine Mountains, making it a wonderful place to visit for beachcombers and mountain aficionados alike. The cities of Martinsicuro, Alba Adriatica, Tortoreto, Giulianova, Roseto degli Abruzzi, Pineto and Silvi are located along Teramo's coastline and have wonderful access to...
L'Aquila
Monday, January 11TH, 2010 by ancos
Gran Sasso Laid out behind ancient walls, on the top of a hill in a valley of the River Aterno and surrounded by the Gran Sasso and the Apennine Mountains, you will find the city of L'Aquila. The capital of the Abruzzo region this city has a population of about 73,000 and is a hub of tourism, education and industry. In the historical part of the town visitors will be delighted to find many narrow streets and lanes--perfect for foot traffic--that are lined with magnificent Renaissance and Baroque buildings, churches and several large piazzas. The city is well known for its university,...
Shopping in Abruzzo
Tuesday, December 29TH, 2009 by ancos
Abruzzo - Provinces Abruzzo is a region in Italy situated close to Rome. Abruzzo is locted in the center of Italy and faces the Adriatic Sea along which the region has a long coastline of rocks and beaches. Spread over an area of 10,794 sq km, Abruzzo is situated in the middle of the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea and is known to be the most mountainous regions of the country. Unlike the other regions in Italy, Abruzzo had mostly been ignored in the past few decades as a tourist destination. It is only in the recent years that the region has become a popular tourist destination among the...
Chieti
Wednesday, November 04TH, 2009 by ancos
Chieti OK, so you have made the trip into Italy, the vacation of a lifetime. You are ready to enjoy the finer things this ancient part of the world has to offer. Fine wine, fantastic food, beautiful museums, ancient ruins, and the sea all clamor to be part of your itinerary. There is so much to see and do here that some have even claimed whiplash from the head snap that so often happens when you want to everything. But, if it's rest and relaxation you enjoy, well, you can have that too. A stroll down the beach, una passeggiata (a walk) in one of the numerous piazzas and villages, an espresso...
Pescara
Friday, October 30TH, 2009 by ancos
Pescara by night You wake up a little early today. Try something a little different. As another gorgeous Italian day awaits, you set up shop for a look at the magnificent scene that is about to unfold. The scene has repeated itself over and over again for centuries, yet the scenery always somehow changes. From majestic glows of yellow and orange to hints of azure blue and bright reds the main characters of this daily performance come alive each day as if it were opening night every day. Slowly, the curtain starts to rise. From complete darkness the theatre has been slowly lit, with...

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