NATURE

Our valley is immersed in natural beauty. Nature is all around, flora and fauna in all its diversity, changing every season: the valleys and the mountains, the hills and the woods, the rivers and the meadows. Generation after generation grew up here, living almost in a symbiotic relationship with their natural surroundings that to them seemed, and still seems, indispensable to bring joy to all people.
Here, you can go for a walk in the hills or the woods and have a chance encounter with a wild deer, boar or wolf; you can have breakfast almost at the top of the highest mountain and have dinner by the sea on the same day. Here we live close to wild and beautiful woods where perhaps you will hear the real “Call of The Wild”, that once inspired Jack London to write his famous book.

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If you are interested in observing wild animals, you will find a wide variety in our Valley, but the woods and uncultivated land are dominated by the wild boar. This has become the undisputed lord of the countryside, with only wolves and hunters to keep their numbers in check. Occasionally a bear has been spotted in the higher woods, but they only pass here when travelling to the north.
Foxes and weasels are all around and, unfortunately, a real threat to the hens kept on farms and in the villages. Badgers and porcupines are also widespread, but rarely spotted. Beware when driving at night, because these animals just might cross the road unexpectedly. After all, they are the masters here, and we are only visitors!

 

There are also many roe deer in the area, which are protected in the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park and have multiplied successfully. Sometimes you can hear them bark in the woods or up the hills.
As for bird watching, there are various birds of prey around, like buzzards, hawks, owls and even eagles, that find plenty of mice and squirrels in our woods. Sometimes you can hear a woodpecker pecking away, a cuckoo in the forest, or a nightingale singing in the dark.
If you like fishing, our rivers are rich in trout, some whitefish, sometimes eels, crabs and crayfish.
A very common sight that is typical for Abruzzo are the flocks of sheep whitening the hills and fields, and sometimes crossing the roads. Remember the “arrosticini”?

Visit Gran Sasso - Natura 1

Photographer: Daphne

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Photographer: Maurizio Anselmi

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Photographer: Daphne

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Photographer: Maurizio Anselmi

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Photographer: Maurizio Anselmi

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Photographer: Maurizio Anselmi

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Photographer: Maurizio Anselmi