Abruzzo

Friday, September 12th, 2014
l'Aquila, Abruzzo
National Park of Gran Sasso Ph. depositphoto.com/Mor65   Please Note: In 2009 L'Aquila and most of Abruzzo were heavily damaged by a tragic earthquake. Until reconstruction is completed it would be best to carefully plan any vacations in the area and thoroughly research where you plan to visit. L'Aquila at the moment is like a ghost town. Some businesses and cafés are open, but there's still a lot to do to bring the town back to life.   Laid out behind ancient
Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Pescara
Pescara by night Ph. wikicommons/RaBoe   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
Thursday, September 11th, 2014
majella national park
  The Majella National Park. Ph. flickr/Olivier Jules   In Abruzzi, you will find the Majella Massif, an imposing mountain group known to the locals as the Montagna Madre (Mother Mountain), and which was called by Pliny the Elder the Padre dei Monti (Mountains' Father). Along with the Porrara, the Morrone and the Monte Pizzi, the Majella Massif makes up the Majella National Park, which spans the provinces of Pescara, L'Aquila and Chieti
Thursday, September 11th, 2014
abruzzo serpari
Fabrizio Serpi, the author, with a snake around his neck  during a festival in Cocullo   In Abruzzo there is a saint to be invoked for any occasion or need.   In the first place, in speaking of this region there is one observation to be made. Rome has always been considered geographically as the center of the peninsula, so much so that Rieti, a town near the capital, is nicknamed the "umbilicus italiae" (umbilical cord) of Italy. It is therefore interesting to note
Thursday, September 11th, 2014
earthquake l'Aquila
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
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
assergi
Assergi is a beautiful medieval village 11Km from L'Aquila, the capital province of Abruzzo. It's quite small (it only has about 500 inhabitants), but full of history and very picturesque. It's a great place where to relax after a day of hiking in the Gran Sasso d'Italia, one of the highest mountains in Italy.   A courtyard in the village of Assergi Ph. depositphoto.com/francofox   In the I Century AD in this area was built a village with the purpose to host the workers of a local mine. In the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Abruzzo - Position in Italy   Despite the terrible earthquake that hit L'Aquila and the Abruzzo in 2009, this region deserves a visit, like a leap in the past.   While many areas of Italy have changed significantly over time, Abruzzo remains largely the same. Abruzzo, which is also known as Abruzzi, is located in south central Italy between the central Apennines and the Adriatic coast. The vaguely rectangular shaped region covers 10,794km² and is bordered by Marche, Umbria,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Teramo - Aerial View of the Historic Center in the night Ph. flickr/RossoGialloBianco   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,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Chieti Ph. wikicommons/RaBoe   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