Informations for your holidays in Abruzzo
When the Italian diplomat and journalist Primo Levi visited Abruzzo defined it as “forte e gentile” (strong and gentle) which, he said, best synthesized the beauty of the region and the character of its people. The quote "forte e gentile" has since then become the motto of the region and its inhabitants.
Abruzzo is well known for its landscapes and natural beauties. It indeed boasts three natural parks and several protected nature reserves, the presence of a stretching characteristic hillside area rich in vineyards and olive groves along with one of the highest densities of blue flag beaches have awarded Abruzzo with the official title of Greenest region in Europe.
The region is located in central Italy, stretching from the heart of the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea, on a mainly mountainous and wild land. The mountainous inland is occupied by a vast plateau, such as Gran Sasso (2,912 m) the highest peak of the Apennines and Mount Majella (2,793 m). The Adriatic coastline is characterized by long and sandy beaches to the north and pebbly beaches to the south.
One third of Abruzzo's territory, the largest in Europe, is set aside as National Parks and protected Nature Reserves. In the region there are indeed three National Parks, one Regional Park and 38 protected Nature Reserves. These ensure the survival of 75% of all Europe's living species and are also home to some rare species, such as the small wading dotterel, golden eagle, Abruzzo chamois, Apennine wolf and Marsican brown bear. Abruzzo is also home of Calderone, the southernmost glacier in Europe.
In the past decade, tourism has increased, in particular concerning internal and European arrivals. Abruzzo's wealth of castles and medieval towns, especially around the town of L'Aquila, has earned it in some quarters the nickname of "Abruzzoshire", by analogy with the "Chiantishire", nickname sometimes used to refer to the Chianti area of Tuscany.
The Times newspaper described Abruzzo as "the king of agrotourism".