The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise is the oldest and most important one in Italy. This park is characterized by a relevant biodiversity of plants and animals. The presence of the Marsican Bear is just an example. The heart of this park is Pescasseroli, although the area also includes many other villages offering art, culture, culinary, craft tradition and several educational and sports activities.
The fauna of the Park offers examples of exceptional value, with species which alone could justify the existence of the protected area After years of intolerance and persecution, this area is now defended as a whole, thanks to the educational and safeguard activities carried out by the Park Authority during the last years.Link : www.parcoabruzzo.it
The Park includes three different mountain groups: the majestic calcareous-dolomitic Gran Sasso mountain chain - with the highest apennine summit, the Corno Grande (2,912 m), where the southernmost glacier in Europe is situated, namely the Calderone - the Laga Mountains, situated in the Park's northern sector, that reach high altitudes with the Mount Gorzano (2,458 meters) and represent the highest and widest mountain group consisting of sandstone and marlstone in the Apennines.Link : www.gransassolagapark.it
Park’s territory consists of carbonate mountains (elevated about 2000 m or more) such as Majella, Morrone, Porrara, Pizzalto and Rotella, separated by valleys and karst plateaux. Generally speaking, elevations ranges from 130 to 2793 m (Mt. Amaro). In terms of geology, Majella is the most distinctive massif of the Apennines. The fossil record shown that its limestone originates in marine sediments deposited mainly starting from 100 million years ago at the bottom of a tropical sea. The orogeny dates back 5 MY to the Pliocene epoch.Link : www.parcomajella.it
Isola del Gran Sasso, a small piedmont village, offers significant and appreciated expressions of art, architecture, traditions and religion, which can be found almost everywhere. It also offers an important natural heritage. The town is known above all for the presence of the Sanctuary of San Gabriele dell'Addolorata, "Saint of joy and of smile", among the first fifteen most frequented sanctuaries in the world.Link : www.sangabriele.org
Campli, a quiet village at the foot of the Monti della Laga, was an important border town between Teramo, Ascoli, the Bourbon Kingdom and the Papal State and thanks to its strategic position it enjoyed numerous ecclesial privileges, including the presence of the Scala Santa, destination for many tourists and pilgrims. La Scala owes its fame to the fact that, climbing the 28 oak wood steps on its knees, it allows acquiring absolution for one's sins and, on some days of the year, a plenary indulgence.Link : www.zefirocampli.it/index.php/la-scala-santa
In Manoppello, a small town at the foot of the Majella, there is the Sanctuary of the Holy Face, originally built in the 1600s and a place of pilgrimage because it contains the veil that portrays what is believed to be the face of Christ. This image, visible on both sides in the same way, is called "the Veil of Veronica" and, together with the Holy Shroud, would represent the only "acheropita" image of Christ.Link : www.voltosanto.it/Italiano