Guided trips in August 2009 Abruzzo is a “strong but gentle” land, famous for its mountains and its colours. Sport Village Hotel is situated in a strategic zone, from where you can easily reach the surrounding places and countries...
Is a really ancient village, close to the Hotel Don Luis, founded in the X century. From the earlier centuries, Pescocostanzo was more important than other villages but it had not so good relations with feudatories and religious institutions. Very important for Pescocostanzo was 1774, when the city had the main title of Universitas Sui Domina, which is nowadays the motto you can find on the coat of arms. In that time in the village were welcomed attorneys, philosophers, historians, intellectuals and artists. Their influence it is still visible in the lots of books many families have and in the numerous geniuses grown in Pescocostanzo.
In the neighborhood of the lake, three villages rise: Barrea, Civitella Alfedena and Villetta Barrea, three fascinating places which preserve the old soul of the ancient towns of the Appennini, that nowadays are in the National Park of Abruzzo. In Barrea there is “Lo studio”, an ancient Benedictine monastery, S.Tommaso Church, from the XV century, Lake Church and the Medieval Tower. Famous is the Centro Rapaci, from which you can delight a wonderful view on the Foce. In Villetta Barrea there are also interesting houses of 1500 and S. Maria, S. Michele, S. Sebastiano and S. Rocco Churches. From Barrea Lake there is the chance to have excursions through the paths among the mountains, looking for the numerous and fine Park's fauna.
It is the destination of may visits because here the National Park of Abruzzo has its Wolf Museum and you can find the habitat of the wolf itself and of the lynx.
One of the most beautiful valleys you can reach from the Hotel Don Luis is the Sagittario Valley and you can also go in one of the most known and appreciated villages among tourists: Scanno, of which important photographers such as Cartier-Bresson, Giacomelli or Scianna took some pictures. The most important monument is S. Maria della Valle Church, in which you can see marble and wooden decors, made by famous artists from Pescocostanzo and by the Bencivenga, cabinet-makers from Raiano. Other remarkable sacred places are the baroque S. Eustachio Church, S. Maria delle Grazie Church and S. Antonio from Padova. In the neighborhood, it has to be seen the striking Madonna del Lago (“Nunciata”) Church, right on the lake.
Founded with the name of “Peculum Seroli”, which means “protuberant rock on the Sangro river”, Pescasseroli rises in the Sangro Valley, in the middle of the National Park of Abruzzo, of which the city is the settle. Here you could admire some typical animals of the Park like bears, wolves and deers. In the middle of the village, which has an ancient structure, there is the Sipari building, made in 1800, the house where Benedetto Croce born.
Among the most renowned mountain resorts in central and southern Italy, Roccaraso offers never-ending ski tracks. It provides excellent accommodation facilities and is worth visiting in summer too, when you can admire its splendid landscapes and the suggestive woods of the National Park of the Majella. In the middle Ages Roccaraso was famous for the Benedictine monastery of San Vincenzo al Volturno.
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