Guided trips in August 2009
Abruzzo is a “strong but gentle” land, famous for its mountains and its colours. Sport Village Hotel is situated in a strategic zone, from where you can easily reach the surrounding places and countries.
The lake has been formed by the barrage over the Sangro river, nearby its mouth in Barrea (to which the lake owes its name). Three towns overlook its shores: Barrea, Civitella Alfedena, and Villetta Barrea. These fascinating places preserve still intact the essence of the old Apennine villages that once stood near the zone that has become today’s National Park of Abruzzo.
In particular, in Barrea you can find an ancient Benedictine monastery, Saint Thomas church (built in the 15th century), the church of the Madonna del Lago, and the Medieval Tower. Furthermore, in Barrea there is the famous Predator Centre, a charming place with the most important panoramic viewpoints over the gorges of the river mouth.
As for Civitella Alfedena, it houses the Museum of the Apennine wolf and the surrounding faunal areas are home to several specimens of wolf and lynx. Finally, in Villetta Barrea you can visit interesting 16th century houses and the churches of Saint Mary, Saint Michael, Saint Sebastian and Saint Rocco.
Last but not least, the lake of Barrea is a starting point for various excursions along the paths among the mountains, where you can go looking for the fauna inside the Park.
Laying on a spur, at the centre of one of the most beautiful valleys of L’Aquila, that of Sagittarius, it is the home of winter and summer sports.
Photographers like Cartier-Bresson, Giacomelli and Scianna have immortalized its views and its people. The most important monument is the church of Santa Maria della Valle, whose interior is composed of marble and wooden items from the 18th century, works of famous artists from Pescocostanzo and Bencivenga, a woodworker of Raiano.
Other important sacred buildings are Saint Eustachio (with interiors in baroque style), Santa Maria delle Grazie and S. Antonio of Padova, enriched with frescos of the early 18th century, by Giambattista Gamba.
In the surroundings, the small suggestive church of Madonna del Lago is a site worth visiting: it lies on the shores of the lake that owes its name to Scanno.
Founded by the Peligni population (who called the village Pesculum Seroli, meaning “rock near the river Sangro”), Pescasseroli is situated in the upper Sangro Valley and is the seat of the head offices of the National Park of Abruzzo. It is here, in fact, that rare animals such as the Marsicano brown bear, Apennine wolf, and chamois have found their habitat.
In the town centre, that has preserved its original structure, you can find the 19th century building Palazzo Sipari, Benedetto Croce’s birthplace.
Among the most renowned mountain resorts in central and southern Italy, Roccaraso offers never-ending ski tracks. It provides excellent accommodation facilities and is worth visiting in summer too, when you can admire its splendid landscapes and the suggestive woods of the National Park of the Majella. In the middle Ages Roccaraso was famous for the Benedictine monastery of San Vincenzo al Volturno.
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