ART AND CULTURE
Inhabited for thousands of years, the territory of the Gran Sasso Tourist District preserves the memory of the ancient relationship between man and his works. A historical, artistic, architectural and archaeological heritage to be known. Cultural experiences to be lived, in order to rediscover the old villages and cities of art that studded this landscape. The earliest testimonies date back to prehistory and, through the Neolithic and the Italic period, they consolidated under Roman domination. From the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the scenery changed by including archaeological sites, castles, fortified villages, abbeys and hermitages, located between mountains and valleys, thus creating a very picturesque landscape.
SPORT AND ACTIVE TOURISM
The Gran Sasso d'Italia Tourist District is ideal for experiencing the mountains in all seasons and to do outdoor activities. Its offer includes a large number of trails, infrastructures and services. Many opportunities for sports lovers and more. To live the alpine activities and hiking activities, you can contact the Mountain Guides and the Mid-mountain Guides.
TERRITORY AND NATURE
The District includes the territory of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, one of the largest protected areas in Europe. Situated in the heart of the Apennines, it is a mosaic of landscapes of relevant environmental and cultural value. There are also three regional nature Reserves and three equipped territorial Parks. The best seasons to visit the District are spring and autumn.
THE ENOGASTRONOMY AND THE TYPICAL PRODUCTS
The authenticity of the places and the season of the crops characterize the enogastronomy of the area of the District, which has always been a land dedicated to the agricultural and pastoral tradition. Excellent cheeses, wines, cold cuts, oil, honey, liqueurs... here you can appreciate the flavors of a simple and natural cuisine, rich in taste and authenticity.
FAITH AND SPIRITUALITY
The solemn landscapes of the Apennines have for thousands of years approached the human being to the mysteries of faith. The caves, theater of pagan rites, witnessed the birth of the Christian hermiters and churches built everywhere in the early Middle Ages. The mountain, for those who visit these places, before being a physical height represents a spiritual symbol.
In the Gran Sasso d'Italia District, craftsmanship, that boats ancient traditions, still tells the life of local communities. Human being has used and transformed what nature could offer to him, such as stone, wood, earth, wool, metals, thus creating beautiful tools, objects and jewels. Many of these artistic and craft expressions derive from the agro-silvo-pastoral activities, that was for centuries at the base of the economy of these places.