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Through art and nature

It is an itinerary between art and nature that touches places full of charm among small villages and wild nature, in which the nature reserves are still imbued with that mystery typical of places not yet contaminated by the presence of man.

The starting point of this trip is Celano, rich in traditions and history, situated on a hill at the foot of Mount Tino. The homeland of Tommaso da Celano, with Albe and Tagliacozzo, was one of the most important feuds that dominated the Marsican political life of the XIV century.

Pescina is known for being the birthplace of Ignazio Silone, Cardinal Giulio Mazzarino and the sculptor Giovanni Artusio, known as "il Pescina", a collaborator of Bernini.

From here on the road begins to rise and the landscape changes: you find yourself in the middle of hilly slopes full of trees and after the Passo del Diavolo you get to Pescasseroli, the most important inhabited center of the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, a residential and tourist area well set in the green of the surrounding nature. The birthplace of the philosopher Benedetto Croce, the oldest part rises under the rocky spur on which lie the remains of Castel Mancino, an ancient fortified center of pre-Roman times.

From here onwards small medieval villages full of charm, mixed with the ever more luxuriant nature, meet along the road: Opi, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Valle del Sangro, Villetta Barrea, Barrea and Civitella Alfedena overlooking the lake of Barrea, framed by pine trees, characteristic for the variety of black pine.

With a steep descent that crosses Passo Godi, you reach Scanno. This town is known for its splendid historic center with its churches, the intact urban fabric of the alleys, arches and stairways, for the craftsmanship of the goldsmith's (the presentosa), the lace and the bobbin lace. Here you can ski in the winter on Monte Rotondo and in summer you can choose to do many excursions. A note of particularity is the female costume, consisting of black skirts, bulging shirts, colored jackets closed by rows of silvery buttons and the "capellitto" that protects the head. The road that links Scanno to Anversa degli Abruzzi crosses the gorges of the Sagittarius in an absolutely breathtaking scenery between overhanging ravines and narrow passages. Anversa is dominated by the fortress in which Gabriele D'Annunzio set "La Fiaccola sotto Il Moggio". Another stop is Cocullo where there is the sanctuary of Sant 'Antonio Abate. In this village every year on the first Thursday of May, the young people of the village collect the snakes, place them around the body of the saint and carry them in procession through the village. Going down again towards Raiano we find the Hermitage of San Venanzio, located on the narrowest point of the homonymous valley in a wild and picturesque environment, made of overhanging rocks, dense vegetation and numerous and sparkling waters.

Praticabile in: Autunno Primavera Estate

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