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Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, has as its symbol the Chamois but let's not fall into the error of thinking that there is only this frolicking animal to admire in a park that embraces territories belonging to three regions: Abruzzo, Lazio and Marche. It protects its treasures, offers us an authentically exciting vision of it.
Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park: where it is and how to get there
ll Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park it is located and is considered the heart of the Apennines, or at least one of the most vibrant. It is located between the Gran Sasso mountain range and that of the Monti della Laga and, involving Abruzzo, Lazio and the Marche, includes areas belonging to five provinces: L'Aquila, Teramo, Pescara, Rieti and Ascoli Piceno.
If there are 44 municipalities, in Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park then there are a thousand and more hamlets and corners of paradise untouched if not by our respectful curiosity. For historical and architectural beauties as well as for those desired by Mother Nature.
To reach the Gran Sasso and Monti della Lag National Parka by train from Pescara the line is that of Pescara, Giulianova Teramo, from Rome it is the Rome Pescara, then continuing by bus. You can get there directly by bus, with ARPA (Rome L’Aquila Teramo Line - Rome Pescara Line) or START (Rome Ascoli Piceno Line).
For those who do not give up their car even if they are going to a place where pure nature reigns, or almost, the highway that leads to Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park is the A14 Adriatica. For the side of Ascoli Piceno, the exit is San Benedetto del Tronto, for that of Teramo, exit at Giulianova / Teramo, for the side of L'Aquila, exit Pescara Nord. You can also use the A24 of the Rome L’Aquila Parks and the A25 Rome Pescara. The airports of reference are the two Romans (Fiumicino and Ciampino) and that of Pescara.
Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park: what to see
The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park it hosts numerous villages and towns that stand out one by one for their architectural and cultural peculiarities. Despite nature being the host, in the park there are still stops not to be missed.
Among the villages set in nature, those of the ancient Barony of Carapelle are worth a visit, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Castel del Monte, Calascio with the famous fortress and Castelvecchio Calvisio, with the elliptical plan. Crossing the saffron grown in the Navelli Plain you reach Capestrano and Ofena while inarea of the Benedictine Abbeys, Corvara and Pescosansonesco are the historical centers of reference.
Not to be forgotten even if on the rocks, the ancient villages of Assergi and Camarda and, even if immersed in the luxuriant forests, the centers of Arquata del Tronto and Holy water. Turning here and there in the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park we will see with our eyes numerous historical testimonies dating back to the Neolithic, the Italic and Roman periods, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: we will find archaeological finds, castles, fortified villages, churches, abbeys, hermitages and mills.
Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park: map
After all the recommended stops, and you will find others yourself, surprisingly, here is a useful map to understand how not to lose anything in our visit, without even neglecting the naturalistic heritage, heart and liver of the protected area.
Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park: fauna and flora
Over 800 are the endemic, rare or endangered species reviewed and preserved in Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, to be precise 834. The forests and woods are real kingdoms of wonders with their tall and majestic trees, the undergrowth shrubs, the bright clearings. They are inhabited by an exceptional biodiversity of flora and fauna.
The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park for about half of its surface it is covered by woods and forests, especially on the Teramo side while that of L'Aquila has suffered more from the exploitation of the territory due to the practice of sheep farming and the effects of a poor climate.
Forests as well as other types of areas in the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park host many herbivores, including roe and deer, various rodents such as dormice and squirrels and carnivorous animals: bears, wolves, weasels, otters, stone martens, martens ...
The Chamois is also the symbol of the Park: a hundred years after its extinction, a project was started to reintroduce it and today we can count on at least 500 specimens of this cute animal. Other herbivorous colleagues are the Deer and Roe Deer, all cohabit with their predator, the Apennine wolf, but also with mammals such as the Marten, wild cat, badger, beech marten, skunk, porcupine and wild boar.
The avifauna of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park with over 200 bird species housed. A paradise for those who love the Birdwatching, but everyone can learn more by consulting the Atlas of nesting birds, a "bible" ofavifauna present in the protected area.
Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park Authority
L'Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park Authority was established on June 5, 1995 and on this occasion the current perimeter was defined, in fact the Park has changed many since its birth, it started from 220 thousand hectares and for various and intricate events it found itself with the current 150 thousand hectares .
In 2001 the headquarters of the Ente dall'Aquila moved to Assergi, in a wonderful fourteenth-century former convent Franciscan rearranged for the occasion, over the years the various environmental and tourism projects put in place have been distributed throughout the territory, often divided into eleven districts to better coordinate. The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park it has seen a succession of various directors including Dario Febbo, Marcello Maranella and Domenico Nicoletti, current Director. The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park in itself was born before the Entity, with the framework law of 6 December 1991.
Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park: official site
For an in-depth but remote visit to the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park I recommend a "tour" in official site full of updated information and proposals for visits, with projects in progress but also useful spaces where you can search for the numerous treasures kept by name or other criteria.
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