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Things to see in Abruzzo

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  1. Where to go to the mountains in winter: resorts and ski resorts
  2. Where to go in the Summer Mountains: reserves and natural parks
  3. User questions and comments

Where to go to the mountains in winter: resorts and ski resorts

Are you looking for the most beautiful ski resorts in Abruzzo? Between snow-capped peaks, modern lifts and wide slopes, there are gods in the Abruzzo mountains heavenly places for skiers and for those who just want to have fun in a carefree way.



1 - Roccaraso, L'Aquila

Roccaraso is located between the two large protected areas of the Abruzzo and Majella National Park it is the largest ski area in central Italy, with its 130 km of slopes that connect the towns of Rivisondoli, Pescocostanzo and Pescasseroli, as well as 32 ski lifts. The ski area offers 49 slopes over 78 km for alpine skiing only! Almost all the slopes are prepared for artificial artificial snow and the various slopes allow you to enjoy the extension of the ski area.

  • Recommended visit time: 5-6 days
  • To do : excursions with snowshoes, bob, sledges or snow tubing, skiing, skating and ice hockey. For the little ones, electric mini-quads and panther buggies
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 73,00 per room -

2 - Ovindoli, L'Aquila

Located on the slopes of Mount Magnola (2.220 meters above sea level), Ovindoli is located in the heart of the Velino-Sirente Regional Park and is part of the Skipass dei Parchi ski area, together with Campo Felice, Campo Imperatore and Grotte di Stiffe. It offers important accommodation facilities and slopes of alpine skiing of all levels of difficulty. Moreover, thanks to its northern exposure, it guarantees one of the longest ski seasons in Central Italy.
Are present 21 slopes extending for 30 km with a snow park, 11 state-of-the-art ski lifts, 11 refuges (5 at altitude and 2 in the valley) and 5 ski and snowboard schools.



  • Recommended visit time: 4-5 days
  • To do : Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, telemark, snowboard, freestyle, freeride, snowkite and Nordic walking, snowboard and treadmill for the ascent
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 73,00 per room -

3 - Pescocostanzo, L'Aquila

The Pescocostanzo ski resort is part of the Alto Sangro Skipass consortium, collected and well cared for. The exposure is excellent, as it guarantees sun for most of the season. The ski slopes are wide and with varying slopes, for all levels of difficulty. There is also a modern artificial snow system, an area dedicated to the snow park, a kids park to entertain the little ones and a baby park with inflatables, slides, rides and snowtubing.

  • Recommended visit time: 4-5 days
  • To do : freeride, ski and snowboard schools, snow tubing, cross-country skiing, freestyle, sledding
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -

4 - Prati di Tivo, Teramo

The slopes of Prati di Tivo wind at the foot of the northern slope of Corno Piccolo, the most elegant rocky peak of the Gran Sasso. It has chairlifts which serve tracks of all levels and two lift for those taking their first steps on skis. In addition, there is a school field and a playground for the little ones, Pratilandia, served by 2 treadmills.
The locality is popular destination for both experienced ski mountaineers, who can enjoy the ascent to the west peak of the Gran Sasso through the Direttissima and a steep descent into the Bissolati canal, both by the less experienced who can take the low traverses.



  • Recommended visit time: 3-4 days
  • To do : Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sledding
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 53,00 per room -

5 - Passo Godi (Scanno), L'Aquila

The Passo Godi ski resort is located in the Sagittario Valley, close to the Cinque Miglia Plateau. It is located at 1.630 meters, 15 minutes from Scanno, has 1 ski lift and 4 moving walkways over about 1,5 km; then there are 3 rings for the bottom downstream. It seems that some runways have been closed in the last few years!
You can practice other activities such as mountaineering and telemarking, snow tubing, snowmobile rental, bobsleigh and sledding.

  • Recommended visit time: 2-3 days
  • To do : snowmobiling, skiing, mountaineering, telemarking, bobsleighing, sledding, snow tubing
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 53,00 per room -

6 - Passolanciano and Majelletta, Chieti

Passolanciano and Majelletta are two ski resorts that develop on the impassable Majella massif (2.798 meters). The ski area is divided into 2 neighboring resorts connected by ski bus and snow taxi.
The Majelletta ski area has 6 ski lifts and a moving walkway, good tracks, although short, a snow park and two cross-country skiing rings for 5 km. There are, in addition, a school field, a bob run and a tubing, various itineraries for ski mountaineering.
Further downstream is the Passolanciano station with one three-seater chairlift, 2 conveyor belts and 2 ski lifts. The slopes for alpine skiing are about 6 km long and there is a 5 km cross-country loop. There are services such as snow park, kindergarden for children and a school field.



  • Recommended visit time: 4-5 days
  • To do : alpine and cross-country skiing, snow park, kindergarden, school camp, bobsleigh and tubing
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

7 - Campo di Giove, L'Aquila

Campo di Giove is part of the Ski Consortium of Parks (in which a single ski pass is used) together with Scanno Monte Rotondo - Passo Godi and Passo Leonardo. The ski resort is located in the western part of the Majella National Park e holds the highest slopes in all of Abruzzo.
There are 1 ski lift and a chair lift that takes you to the Guado di Coccia area. 5 km for cross-country skiing through the woods, slopes for alpine skiing and others with different gradients, for both experts and beginners. There are also two school fields served by treadmills.

  • Recommended visit time: 2-3 days
  • To do : alpine and cross-country skiing, freeride, snowmobile, school camps
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -

8 - Rivisondoli - Monte Pratello, L'Aquila

The Rivisondoli - Monte Pratello ski resort is one of the most important in Abruzzo and has 10 facilities for 35 km of slopes, 26 km for alpine skiing with various difficulties. The Rivisondoli - Monte Pratello lifts are connected with the almost 70 km of slopes of Roccaraso, giving life to over 100 km of slopes. The Direttissima slope on Monte Pratello in Rivisondoli it is the jewel of the largest district in central and southern Italy Roccaraso-Rivisondoli and has hosted many junior world championships.
The activities that can be done are many including snowboarding, freeride, cross-country skiing and mountaineering. There are as well "after ski" entertainment, or a couple of discos, riding schools and restaurants.

  • Recommended visit time: 5-6 days
  • To do : cross-country and alpine skiing, snowboard, freeride, riding stables, discos
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 49,00 per room -

9 - San Giacomo - Monte Piselli, Teramo

San Giacomo - Monte Piselli is a ski resort with 2 ski lifts serving slopes for alpine skiing. These develop on the north side of the Montagna dei Fiori, in the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park. There are 5 slopes, while a moving walkway near the former gondola lift goes up to the school field.
A particular fascinating is the sea view during the descents on the slopes of Monte Piselli.

  • Recommended visit time: 2-3 days
  • To do : cross-country and alpine skiing, school field
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 25,00 per room -

10 - Campo Felice, L'Aquila

The Campo Felice ski resort is located in the heart of the Abruzzo Apennines, surrounded by peaks over two thousand meters high and covered with snow for most of the winter season. Obviously, modern snowmaking systems are available if there is no snow.
It is made up of over 30 km of slopes downhill (whose level is quite high) and the ski lifts guarantee quick and practical access to the slopes, thanks to the 9 chairlifts, 2 ski lifts, 3 carpets and 1 ropeway.
Campo Felice is a paradise for children, with the "Manovia Baby", the "Brecciara" school carpet and the "Fun Kids Area" with the "Snow Tubing" park.

  • Recommended visit time: 5-6 days
  • To do : 3 renowned ski schools, restaurants, clubs, hotels, shops, cross-country and alpine skiing, school camp, snowboard, snow tubing
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 46,00 per room -

Where to go in the Summer Mountains: reserves and natural parks

Even in summer, the Abruzzo mountains have a lot to offer, especially many natural areas to discover and relax in. Let's see together where to go to the mountains in summer in Abruzzo.

1 - Abruzzo National Park

The territory of the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise consists of a set of mountain ranges with an altitude between 900 and 2.200 m asl, in which the Sangro river flows in the central area.
The landscape is very interesting with a wide variety of flora and fauna. As for animals, there are multiple species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish as well as almost 5.000 species of insects. Some fauna species are preserved such as the lynx, the Apennine wolf, the Marsican brown bear and the Abruzzo chamois.
The vegetation is also luxuriant: there are about 2.000 species of higher plants (apart from mosses, lichens, algae and fungi). The most famous flower of the Park is the Venus slipper, a yellow and black orchid located in the heart of the reserve which is in danger of extinction.

  • Recommended visit time: 4-5 days
  • To do : walks, trekking, excursions
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -.

2 - Calanchi di Atri Nature Reserve, Teramo

The "Calanchi di Atri" Regional Nature Reserve, is a WWF Oasis which aims to preserve about 600 hectares of nature, flora and fauna. It encloses the so-called badlands, truly surprising forms of erosion, to which are added ditches, lakes, woodlands and cultivated fields. There are several species of shrubs and thick vegetation, many mammals, reptiles and colorful butterflies.

  • Recommended visit time: 2-3 days.
  • To do : naturalistic excursions.
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -.

3 - Riserva Zompo lo Schioppo

The Zompo Lo Schioppo Nature Reserve is a protected area of ​​1.025 hectares located in the Roveto Valley, a deep incision that extends for about 30 km in the heart of the Lazio-Abruzzo Apennines.
Cultivated fields, oak woods and rows of vines characterize the areas close to the town, while beech and yew populate the forest. At the top of the reliefs the spectacular natural waterfall of Zompo lo Schioppo is born. The flora of the Reserve includes more than three hundred species and there are as many animals, including the eagle owl, the wallcreeper, the roe deer, the Marsican brown bear, the Apennine wolf, the marten and many others.

  • Recommended visit time: 2-3 days
  • To do : there are thematic trails (routes with less difficulty also suitable for inexperienced hikers) and hiking trails (longer and more demanding, adequately marked). There are 3 shelters in which to stay overnight
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -

4 - Sirente Velino Natural Park, Aquila

The territory of the Sirente Velino Natural Park is a protected area with 3 different morphological aspects: the Altopiano delle Rocche, the central system of the plateaus of karst origin rich in beech woods, pastures and meadows, the northern Marsica, the southwest side with widespread rocky outcrops (the Celano Gorges, the Val di Teve and the Majelama Valley are famous) which inaccessible places with rare floristic species and endemic. Finally, the Aterno Valley and the Subequana Valley, where the Aterno river flows, with various artistic, historical, architectural and archaeological assets.

  • Recommended visit time: 4-5 days
  • To do : Trekking and hiking, orienteering, horseback riding, cycling and mountain biking. Nordic walking, snowshoeing, snow walking, cross-country skiing and hiking, snow boarding and alpine skiing
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 75,00 per room -

5 - Stiffe Caves, Aquila

The Stiffe Caves are one of the major karst attractions of the province of L'Aquila. You reach them through a path that climbs up, the entrance to the cave is in fact located at about 700 meters above sea level. Inside the cave flows a underground stream for about 600 m. which together with other lakes form a fantastic scenario.
Numerous events are held in the caves, including the Nativity in the Grotto and the Living Nativity.

  • Recommended visit time: 1 day
  • To do : guided tour inside the cave, visit to the Living Nativity and to the Nativity in the Cave
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 53,00 per room -

6 - Lake of Scanno, Aquila

Lake Scanno is nestled between the Marsicani Mountains, at 922 meters above sea level and has a particularity that will make you dream, that is a heart shape! On the south bank is the Church of the Madonna del Lago, dedicated to Santa Maria dell'Annunziata, built in 1702 AD and with frescoes by local painters inside.
The vegetation is lacking, but you can admire Apennine wolves, Marsican bears and red foxes among the fauna.
Small curiosity: it seems that strange phenomena occur in the lake, such as the water level which has dropped by six meters in less than a year, an unidentified object buried in the seabed, the compasses of crazy divers and weapons and ammunition from the last war which resurfaced after almost seventy years ... In short, a fascinating lake shrouded in mystery!

  • Recommended visit time: 2-3 days.
  • To do : swimming, boating, diving, surrounding camping areas, fishing.
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 54,00 per room -.

7 - Majella National Park

The Majella National Park covers an area of ​​over 74.000 hectares ... it is a green lung for the Abruzzo region! We are facing a natural oasis rich in vegetation and animals, vast areas that present peculiar aspects of wild nature and deep canyons.
To see here, in addition to plants and animals, the medieval village of Pacentro, called one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in Italy", immersed in the park. Then all that remains is to take advantage of the many paths, some simple and others more tiring, which allow you to explore this wonderful territory and its scenarios.

  • Recommended visit time: 2-3 days.
  • To do : trekking, visit to the Orso Marsicano museum and the botanical garden, trails on foot, by mountain bike and on horseback.
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 90,00 per room -.

8 - Gorges of Celano, Aquila

A spectacular canyon carved between the Serra di Celano and Mount Etra: we are talking about the Celano Gorges.
They are divided into a higher difficult part (reserved for canyoning experts only) that descends from the Arano Valley to the source of lovers and a lower one, which can be traveled by everyone, with some precautions. In fact, the descent into the Celano Gorges is not carried out during rainy days and you should always wear suitable clothing: protective helmet and suitable shoes.
You have to follow a marked path, entering the gorge and going up the river bed. A exciting path, enclosed between high walls, rich in vegetation and crows that croak abundantly.

  • Recommended visit time: 1 day.
  • To do : excursion, nature observation.
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -.

9 - Lake of Barrea

Lake Barrea is an artificial lake located in the heart of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park. It is characterized by the presence of diversified environments in which they live numerous animal species, but equally the vegetation is particularly rich in endemic species, in which the black pine and the iris stand out.
Along the shores of Lake Barrea there are pedestrian and cycle paths, benches and refreshment areas, and one small beach.

  • Recommended visit time: 1-2 days.
  • To do : sport fishing, trekking, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking.
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -.

10 - Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park

150.000 hectares, 2.651 plants surveyed, 12 endemic to the Park, 11 pairs of golden eagles, 500 deer, 1.000 Apennine chamois, 120 wolves: the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park is this and much more!
It is a park that it extends over the territory of three regions, that is Abruzzo, Lazio and the Marches where the highest mountain of the Apennines is located, which contains the only glacier in southern Europe.
Its geographical position, with the different geology of the reliefs and the height of the mountains, together create an enormous animal and vegetable wealth, and a unique variety of ecosystems.
  • Recommended visit time: 2-3 days.
  • To do : trekking, guided tours, excursions on foot, by bike and on horseback.
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 53,00 per room -.
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