One of my favorite things about Abruzzo is its magnificent and very diverse nature. The Abruzzo region is in fact the largest natural park in Europe, since about one third of its territory is occupied by national parks and nature reserves. There are three national parks in Abruzzo, one regional park and more than 30 local nature reserves. Most of them are located in mountainous areas and that is not surprising. Abruzzo is characterized by its mountainous nature and more than two-thirds of its territory is situated at an altitude of 750 meters above sea level.
The Majella National Park was established in 1995 and occupies 74,095 hectares. From the geological point of view Majella is a giant limestone monolith, deeply dissected by canyons. More than 30 peaks are higher than 2,000 meters. Majella has been a true custodian of biodiversity, which includes Mediterranean, Alpine, Balkan, Pontiac, Illyrian, Pyrenean and arctic species. Many beautiful medieval and Renaissance towns, monasteries and hermitages are situated on the territory of the National park.
Last summer “Majambiente”, a tourist service of the Majella National Park, generously organized a series of one-day trips around the park absolutely for free. One of the trips started in my town Montesilvano. At 9 a.m., a small green bus picked up my friend and me at the railway station of Montesilvano. Our guide Nunzio told us that we were going to Pescara to pick up kids. They already waited us with their teacher in the school yard.
Our agenda was rather busy. We visited stunning mountain villages Roccamorice, Roccacaramanico, the hermitage of Santo Spirito and the Natural and Archeological Museum of Paolo Barrasso in Caramanico.
To say the truth, we were a little bit terrified, when we saw a noisy crowd of kids. The oldest one was 14 years old and the youngest had about 8 years. However, ourfearswereunfounded since the children were very polite and friendly. Travelling with the kids appeared to be one of our most exciting experiences in Abruzzo.
Our guide Nunzio proved to be not only a great expert of the Abruzzian nature but an excellent educator, as well, since he managed to explain complicated things in a very interesting and easy way. It was a rather difficult task, taking into account childrenof different school ages and adults who didn’t speak Italian very well.
I’m going to write about this fascinating trip in details in the nearest future. Stay connected!