Abruzzo, a surprising area whose mountains seem shaped by a huge forge, where nature, history, culture and art all melt together: where man, due to his presence in the area over the centuries, has slowly become a part of the mountains which surround him, so that they have become an in-divisible combination of elements.
Separated by deep and wide valleys, the central Apennine mountain chain runs in a parallel di-rection north-west-south-east. There are three series of chains: an eastern one, including the Sibillini, the Laga, the Gran Sasso d’Italia and the Majella mountains; a central one, including in Abruzzo the Carseolani and Marsicani mountains, and the Velino and Sirente massifs; and a western one that includes the Sabini, Simbruini and Ernici mountains, on the border between the Lazio and Abruzzo regions. The Abruzzo region has also the highest peaks of the Apennines, the Corno Grande of the Gran Sasso d’Italia (2912 mt), Mount Amaro (2793 mt) in the Majella, and the Velino (2486 mt) in the homonymous massif.
These mountains are composed mainly of chalky-dolomitic formations with two fundamental shapes: pointed crests at the top of vertical, harsh and precipitous walls or massive shapes with bare and stony surfaces.
The Abruzzo is a multifaceted region in all respects. From beginners who want to learn about the mountain world and yet have no experience, to the more expert mountain climbers, from families with children to the most daring free-climbers, everyone can find something to be enthusiastic about: walks to discover unknown valleys, woods and mountains, hikes which become more and more demanding, several-day trekking trips, old railways, mountain paths, sport rock-climbing, paragliding….
The Laga Mountains
The Gran Sasso, cradle of mountaineering
La Montagna Madre [The Mother Mountain]
The Carseolani Mountains
Sirente and Velino