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Abruzzo has been nominated the greenest region within Europe. A third of the region is a park – said to be Europe’s biggest nature area. The region is largely hilly and mountainous, but as it is situated along a beautiful stretch of the Adriatic coast. it is also known for alluring beaches. Given Abruzzo’s mountainous character there are many medieval and Renaissance hilltop towns – in fact some of Italy’s best preserved and most picturesque can be found here. One of the most well known is perhaps L’Aquila. Many of the towns and cities here have their origins in Ancient times. Since the fall of Rome, the area was ruled by the Lombards, Byzantines, Hungarians, and the Normans. The Provinces in Abruzzo are: Chieti, L’Aquila, Pescara and Teramo.

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Archaeology & History Sites in Abruzzo

Castle of Rocca Calascio

A popular location for films such as LadyHawke, The Name of the Rose and The American, this ruined castle is the highest fortress in the Apennines. Construction started in the 10th century, as a military fort, although it has never been used in battle. The original single watch tower was converted in to a larger fortress in the 13th century, with the addition of a square, walled courtyard around the central tower, and four towers at the corners. The castle was severely damaged during an earthquake in November 1703. The castle and the nearby town is a popular tourist destination in summer.

Santa Maria della Pietà (Rocca Calascio)

Not far from the castle of Rocca Calascio is the octagonal church, dedicated to Saint Mary. Built in the late 16th century, the architectural style is typical of Abruzzo and northern central Italy. Little is known about the history of the church, but it is thought that there was a votive shrine here before the church was built. Local legend says the church was built to thank Madonna for a victory the local villagers had against bandits who had been tormenting them.

Museums & Art Galleries in Abruzzo

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