Getting past the effects of the earthquake was – and in some ways still is – a challenge. But right from the beginning, L’Aquila showed its will to spring back; and so, many of the city’s most famous corners are alive again, not least of all the area around the important thirteenth-century Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio.
The profile of the first summit of the Apennines stands above a land that has rediscovered its ancient roots, including the vegetables, legumes and specialities that add to the wealth of the mountain and valley crops all the way to Navelli</strong > and the beautiful saffron fields. Enchanting towns like Santo Stefano di Sessanio and sights of unparalleled beauty such as Rocca Calascio are seen in a park that stretches over 140 thousand hectares and offers biodiversity to impress, as a few other regions in Europe can.
Learn the story of Pope Celestine V and the history of an entire territory at the basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio
Visit Navelli: this little town looks down over the plain awash in purple when the saffron blooms
Gaze upon L'Aquila's historic Fountain of the 99 Spouts
Climb to an altitude of nearly 1500 metres for Rocca Calascio, the marvel constructed beginning in the twelfth century and seen in such films as Ladyhawke
Discover the most authentic side of medieval Abruzzo at Santo Stefano di Sessanio
Ski at Campo Imperatore on slopes among the most impressive natural surroundings
Trek into the heart of Gran Sasso National Park and Monti della Laga
Climb the Corno Grande, at nearly 3000 metres, next to the Calderone glacier, the southernmost glacier in Europe
Enjoy the limitless food and wine of this little corner of the Apennines
Admire the mountains reflected in Lake Campotosto