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The discovery of Abruzzo

The nature is the protagonist

The abruzzo region, in addition to the coastal resorts full of amenities, offers beautiful landscapes and a wild nature that is worthy of the european reputation obtained. Every year, in fact, the abruzzo region welcomes tourists from all over Europe visit to the beautiful national parks and dozens of state reserves and regional.

The most popular park is definitely the national Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga, established in 1991, is the third largest in Italy, in fact, tap the 3 regions and 5 different provinces.

There are three mountain groups: the chain of Gran Sasso, the Monti della Laga and the monti Gemelli.

In the park there are about 2300 species of higher plants, a fifth of the entire european flora, and more than a third of the floral heritage of the Italian.

The great biological diversity of the Park is also in the forests that cover about half of the territory: there are different types of woodland, including holm oaks, oaks, cerrete, orno-ostrieti, pioppete to aspen, chestnut and beech woods.

In the park there is the Great Fauna including the chamois of Abruzzo, the lupo the apennine and themarsican brown bear.

The beaches

The beaches of abruzzo are the golden beaches, shallow and sandy: beaches that have nothing to envy to the most popular tourist destinations.

60 km of the coast and 7 cities are home to the most beautiful beaches and visited of Abruzzo, Martinsicuro, Alba Adriatica, Tortoreto, Giulianova, Roseto degli Abruzzi, Pineto and Silvi. The “seven Sisters” are ready to welcome you with the beauty of their sea, seven times the blue flag, and with the excellence of the tourist services.

In Alba Adriatica we have the note “silver beach”, so called because of the color of the sand and the florid shallow and sandy.


The hermitages of the Majella

Defined by Petrarch as the “domus Christi”, the path between the hermitage is a path of the soul, in search of the absolute. In Abruzzo there are more than a hundred sanctuaries, most of which are located on the Majella. The most known and visited are the the celestine hermitages.

The tower of Cerrano

The Tower of Cerrano is one of the ancient towers of the coastal Kingdom of Naples, is located on the coast of the Adriatic, in the province of Teramo, in Silvi Marina and Pineto, and clearly visible on the horizon on a small hill behind the beach, surrounded by a clump of tall pine trees, in an environment of rare beauty.

It owes its name to the nearby stream Cerrano , whose name in turn probably derives from the goddess Ceres. The water that comes out of the hills of Atri by ancient fountains and flows 500 meters to the south of the tower, in the Town of Silvi.

After several changes of ownership and between the rich local noble in 1981, the tower was bought by the Provincial Administration of Teramo, which, after having been the work of restructuring and consolidation, in 1983 we established a Centre for Research and Studies, and is currently one of the locations of the Centre of Biology of the Waters of the'IZSAM.


Hermitage of Santo Spirito a Maiella

It is located in a picturesque location and is the largest and best known of the hermitages of the Majella. Restored by Pope Celestine V, was made an oratory and a cell. Subsequently, it was expanded and the church became a monastery, and over the centuries it housed a school of letters and philosophy. In 1807 it was given to the flames, and only at the end of'800 and the faithful of Roccamorice took care of the renovation. Today it is made up by the church, from the sacristy, from the lodge and from the monastic complex.


The hermitage of San Bartolomeo in Legio

The structure, which appears at the last moment, was built by Pietro del Morrone, before becoming pope: it is located 600 meters, and there is a rock outcrop 50 metres. The hermitage is accessed through the Scala Santa, a staircase dug in the rock that leads to the balcony at the rocky, where is the church. On the façade there are frescoes, while inside the church there is an altar on which is placed the statue of St. Bartholomew.

On the 25th of August, the pilgrims, after having witnessed the celebration of the mass, show up at the stream Head of the Vein, where they get wet according to an ancient ritual.

The wine road

The wine tourism Movement has also arrived in the Abruzzo region and from the different seasons is promoting a variety of initiatives related to the wine tourism.

The main concept of this movement is that the production and the territory can generate experiences and new shades. In 2015, have been served more than 20 wine tasting in and around Abruzzo, and for 2016 it is expected to increase further.

In addition to the promotion of the abruzzo wineries as a tourist destination, many packages are in addition to the classic events such as Cantine aperte, or Goblets of Stars. For example, Web and Wine, a day of training for the producers of the wine world, on the world of communication, the wine Train, a journey on the trans-Siberian railway from Sulmona to Roccaraso with producers in the convoy and tastings at each station, Golf Tours and wine, which combines the game of golf to wine tasting.


Crafts

The craftsmanship in Abruzzo is one of the strong points: traditional activity for many countries, is an opportunity to highlight the work and the accuracy of the true and own masters.

The voice carrier of the handicraft of abruzzo is the machining of copper and of iron: by turning to the historical centers are cancelled, railings, street lamps and wrought iron, that characterize the streets and alleys. In August in Guardiagrele is carried out, the exhibition-market of artistic crafts of the Majella, the occasion to admire the masterpieces and their creation.

Worthy of note is the production of ceramics: the village is known for its production of is Castles. Since 400 the manufactured articles to Castles make the tour of the museums and craft fairs and make this village one of the production's most prestigious. The pieces produced are characterized by the colors used: yellow, green, blue, orange, and brown manganese decorations relate to flowers, plants, landscapes, sun, moon, and icons.

Abruzzo is also famous for theart of fabric: laces, embroideries, tapestries and carpets are the pride of this region. There are the famous “tarante”, heavy and colorful wool blankets, woven by hand.

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