Parks in Abruzzo

logo-abruzzoIn Abruzzo, nature is a protected resource.

With a third of its territory destined to parks, the region not only expresses a cultural and civil primacy in the protection of the environment, but it is placed as the greatest naturalistic area of Europe, the true green heart of the Mediterranean.

SEA PARK TORRE DEL CERRANO

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Between heaven and earth, a protected stretch of water where to cultivate the precious resources of the sea. The marine area of ​​the Torre del Cerrano is located in Abruzzo, the “green region of Europe” with over 30% of the protected territory.

In the section of Teramo, between two municipalities, Pineto and Silvi, the marine area delimits seven kilometers of coastline and completes a program of protection and enhancement of the environment alongside the network of underwater oases that have allowed, in recent years, the protection, restocking and the study of the marine ecosystem.

In the name, actually a toponym, “Torre del Cerrano”, the symbols of the history and identity of this territory.

Cerrano, the stream that descends from the hills of Atri – where you will find the splendid calanques, another protected area – and flows into the marina of Silvi, and the Tower, built in 1568 by the Spaniards, bulwark against the Saracen pirates. The fort overlooks the dunes, completely restored and home to the Marine Biology Center, two kilometers from the center of Pineto

NATURE RESERVE OF CALANCHI DI ATRI

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The Reserve, identified as a Site of Community Interest (SCI), contains forms of erosion that here take on an impressive appearance: the gullies, also known as Dante or Dante’s bolts, are produced by water runoff on clayey and marly soils with no cover wooded.
The evocative scenery of its gullies, deriving from the erosion of a particular type of clays, is protected by the Natural Reserve of the Calanchi di Atri. The scarce vegetation includes typical species of desert climates such as the

caper, wild artichoke, licorice. Along the small watercourses are spread the river crab and the skunk, in addition to the ubiquitous foxes; However, one of the most particular guests of the badlands is undoubtedly the porcupine.

ABRUZZO NATIONAL PARK

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Born in 1922, it is the oldest and most important in Italy. In it are concentrated almost all the characters that distinguish the central Apennines, including elements of flora and fauna

unique in the world or now disappeared in the rest of the chain. It receives over a million visitors each year, attracted by its natural environments of rare beauty.

 

NATIONAL PARK OF GRAN SASSO AND MONTI DELLA LAGA

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The Park, located in the heart of the Apennines, extends over the territory of three regions: Abruzzo, Lazio and Marche,

The geographical position, the height reached by the mountains, as well as the different geology of the reliefs: limestone and dolomites on the Gran Sasso and the Gemelli Mountains, sandstones and marls on the Monti della Laga, determine an extraordinary wealth of animal and plant species, as well as a variety of unique ecosystems and landscapes.

 

MAJELLA NATIONAL PARK

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Undoubtedly this great Park, which also includes the bastion of the Morrone and the Monti Pizi, has been and continues to be one of the most important faunaselvatica containers in Italy and in Europe. The Majella National Park is characterized by the high altitude of its territory, in fact, 55% is located at altitudes above 2000 meters. Inside it contains vast areas (widelands), which have peculiar aspects of wild nature (wildland), the most valuable and rare part of the national biodiversity heritage.

 

REGIONAL NATURE PARK OF THE SIRENTE-VELINO

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The historical-cultural and artistic heritage preserved by the Park and its ancient population centers is of great importance, and the contribution given by this central area of Abruzzo mounts the history and the formation of the identity profile of the region is very remarkable.