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10 Things to Do or to See

1. Celano Gorges

The well-known and wild canyon of the Central Apennines

  • Where: Aielli - Celano (AQ)
  • Period: the trail must be avoided in case of heavy rains during the period of thaw and windy days, as there may be the danger of falling rocks.
  • Curiosity: possible meetings with several animal species living in the deep valley, including the Golden Eagle, the Eagle Owl, the Peregrine, and the Wild Cat.
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2. Stiffe Caves

A cave of rare beauty in the heart of Abruzzi

  • Where: San Demetrio de Vestini (AQ)
  • Period: from November to April, due to the uncertain weather conditions, it is always advisable to call in advance.
  • Visiting hours: Stiffe caves are open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. The cost of the ticket, which includes a guided tour of the cave and access to the Museum of Speleology is Euros 8.00.
  • Info: www.grottestiffe.it
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3. Alba Fucens

The ancient Roman colony

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4. The Pagliare

An "old world" suspended between heaven and earth

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5. Fontecchio

A wonderful medieval village

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6. St. Maria in Valle Porclaneta Church

A jewel splendidly isolated at the foot of Mt. Velino

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7. The Chamois Wildlife Area

"Face to face" with the chamois

  • Where: Rovere of Rocca di Mezzo (AQ)
  • Info: the wildlife area is annexed to the Visit Centre of Chamois, which follows the following visiting hours:

    • Christmas Period and summer: every day from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
    • During the rest of the year: on Saturdays from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. and on Sundays from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
    • Upon request the opening is guaranteed even outside the specified hours

8. Slow ride in the Park among villages and medieval castles

  • Where: in the Aterno and Subequana Valleys along the Ippovia Park
  • Period: the whole year
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9. Sebastiani Shelter

The most beautiful hike

  • Where: Colletto of Pezza (M. Velino)
  • Altitude: 2,102m
  • Period: The shelter is open from June to September. During the other months, is open by previous appointment on weekends and special occasions
  • Info: www.rifugiovincenzosebastiani.it
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10. "Sfioratura" of the saffron, a plunge into rural life

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Lovers' Spring, Celano Gorges
(photo by: PR Sirente Velino)
Alba Fucens
(photo by: PR Sirente Velino)
St Mary Church in Valle Porclaneta
(photo by: PR Sirente Velino)
Chamois
(photo by: M. Doglia)
L'Aquila saffron PDO
(photo by: PR Sirente Velino)