Abruzzo and the Dolomites are two of the most important and beautiful mountainous regions in Italy. Spectacular landscapes await you there, of a real heart attack in some cases. We want you to discover all the charms they hide so that you are encouraged to visit them. Are you accompanying us on this tour?
Abruzzo and its national park
This area of central Italy can boast of being one of the great green regions of Europe. The reason? Here are dozens of protected areas. The Abruzzo National Park, the oldest in Italy, stands out. It is 50,000 hectares in size and is located in the heart of the Apennines.
The landscape of this park is dominated by mountain ranges and karst reliefs that cross rivers and streams. An ideal place to get in touch with nature, enjoy wonderful landscapes and, with a bit of luck, spot animals such as golden eagles or deer.
If you want to enjoy this wonder, a good starting point is Pescasserolli. There you can visit the Naturalist Museum, the Apennine Garden or the Abbey of Saints Peter and Paul, dating from the 12th century.
If you are passionate about everything related to fauna, you can go to Civitella Alfedena, which houses the Museo del Lobo Italico, one of the animals that live in the area. You can also visit Villavallelonga and its Museum of the Bear.
Other interesting stops are the artificial lake of Barrea, formed by an overflow of the Sangro river, the beautiful town of Alfedema or the medieval town of Opi.
The Abruzzo mountains
Special mention requires this group of mountains. It is here that the highest heights of the Apennines are located, as well as the beautiful park that we have just visited.
They are actually three small mountain ranges. The first is the least elevated. In the second, two plateaus stand out. And the third has the highest elevations in Italy: the Laga Mountains; the Gran Sasso d’Italia with the Corno Grande, the highest peak in the Apennines; and the Majella, where Mount Amaro stands out.
These beautiful mountains in northern Italy are declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is not for less. Among its charms are the Marmolada, the roof of the Dolomites, with its 3342 meters high, and the only remaining glacier in the area. Its thaw has given rise to Lake Fedala.
Equally recommended are its valleys, that of Fassa and that of Gardena. The first is home to some of the most beautiful corners of the Dolomites. Meanwhile, the second forms a set of stations and mountain slopes in which one of the largest snowboarding areas in the world is located.
The villages of the Dolomites region
In addition to the beauty and spectacular nature of its landscapes, the Dolomites stand out for the charming villages that dot them. Towns where time seems to have stopped.
One of the most beautiful is Alleghe, in Belluno. It is located at the foot of the majestic Mount Civeta and bathed by Lake Alleghe. This natural environment gives it a very special appearance. And it doesn’t matter if you visit it in winter or summer.
Another municipality in the region that deserves a stop is Cortina d’Ampezzo, famous for its ski slopes. And, if you want to continue the route, you can visit Rocca Pietore, at the foot of the Marmolada; Ortisei; Selva di Val Gardena, surrounded by the Sella and Sassolungo mountains; or Selva di Cadore.
The latter town, Selva di Cadore, is connected to Cortina d’Ampezzo by the Giau pass, a port famous for being one of the sections through which the Giro d’Italia runs. From its highest point, at 2,236 meters, you can get incredible views of the Marmolada, Tofane, Croda Rossa or Croda da Lago mountains.
We hope that after this brief review of Abruzzo and the Dolomites you will note them on your list of future destinations. So you can see first-hand the beauty of its landscapes and all the charms that they harbor, which, of course, are not few, don’t you think?