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The National Park of Abruzzo together with the Gran Paradiso National Park is the oldest nature park in Italy, well known all over the country for the leading role it plays in the preservation of some animals species, such as the Appennine wolf , the Abruzzo chamois and the Marsican bear.
The park is covered with beech woods that cover quite the whole surface. It spreads mostly over a mountainous and shepherd territory, where the cultivation of olive groves and vineyards is not feasible, reaching in its extension over the cultivation plane of Giovenco Valleys and Comino valley. The presence of big mammalians has been the main reason of the creation of the nature reserve: Marsican brown bear, Appennine wolf, Abruzzo chamois, Deer, roe deer.

Developing along the river Sangro and overlooked by the Mattona Mount, Villetta Barrea, as well as the other villages of this area has an ancient history, bound above all to the Samnites. The megalithic walls, which can still be seen in the place Fonte Regina were likely built by this Ancient Italic tribes. Today’s build-up area lies around a small castle of the end of the 13th century, in the upper part of the village. In the castle basement of the circular defensive tower is still visible, part of the ancient fortification. Very interesting the rich houses of the local noble families of the 16th and 17th century. Villetta Barrea is also known for the wonderful pinewood of a local species of black pine , on the north western part leading to the road towards Passo Godi.

Pescasseroli lies in the high Sangro Valley and is famous because is the seat of the National Park of Abruzzo. For sure tourism is the first activity and boasts a good hotel accommodation and facilities. Tourists keen on Nature must come and vistit this place, with its typical animals of the Park such as bears, wolves and chamois. The long handicraft tradition is worth a mention too.This centre was founded by the Italic Peligni tribes and was called Pesculum Seroli; in the built-up area which preserves the ancient structure is situated the Sipari palace, birthplace of the Italian philosopher Benedetto Croce; the most important monument is the church of St. Pietro and Paolo of medieval foundation, with baroque furniture and a wooden Madonna Incoronata statue. The sanctuary of the Tranquillo Mount is an interesting one, where a picture coming from Foggia is preserved, dating back to the 12th century, during the iconoclast persecution. Wood carving is a rooted handicraft activity and produces several artistic works of art.

Scanno is situated on the high part of Sagittario valley, next to the National Park of Abruzzo. The village is famous for its lake and for the artistic handicraft; indeed, there are laces, copper and wrought iron objects and jewels like the famous Presentosa, that is a filigreed gold medal. Evocative is the feast that is celebrated in August, “Il Catenaccio”, an ancient bridal procession with the typical costumes of Scanno. Worth a visit is the historical centre of the village. Even though the Romans had built a permanent camp, the first time in the history that Scanno was mentioned was in the act of 1067. In the surroundings remains to be seen the evocative Madonna of the Lake church, on the Scanno lake bank.

Roccaraso with its beautiful and well-equipped ski-runs on the Aremogna Mountain is the most important skiing resort of central and southern Italy. A beloved destinations for tourists coming from the other regions, this commune has a very good tourist accommodation in summer too, when it is possible to admire wonderful landscapes and charming woods of the Majella National Park. The name comes from Rocca Rasino, i.e. a stronghold next to the Rasino stream . During the Middle Ages this centre was known because of the monastery of St. Vincenzo a Volturno. During World War II Roccaraso was heavily bombed.

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