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In every season of the year, the Majella National Park offers a wonderful, ever changing scene. Spring is the most blooming season and, together with autumn, the best time to visit The Majella. See our Wildflowers Walk.

May and June are beautiful months, with snow lingering picturesquely on the peaks, and the lush meadows thick with wild-flowers – perfect for picnicking. July and August are hot and crowded on the coast, but blissfully refreshing for strolling in the mountains, and in the autumn the wooded slopes are a riot of colour, with many fabulous clear days of sunshine.

October enchants you with the colours of the beech forest, soon leaving place to the winter with its snow covered evocative landscapes. The variety of environments, the richness of the nature, the remains left by human activities make Majella an ideal place for hiking, thus letting the visitor discover its hidden secrets.

Walking and Hiking

There are masses of wonderful walks in the spectacular mountain regions, from scaling the highest peak in the Appenines, the great Corno Grande at 2914m, or strolling through meadows of wild-flowers, exploring deep gorges, or picnicking by crystal-clear streams.

The mountains are home to abundant flora and fauna, and there are medieval hermitages to explore, built into the rocky cliffs. The regional capital of L’Aquila has a great castle to visit, and a connection with the number 99: there is a fountain with 99 spouts (almost), there used to be 99 churches and 99 piazzas, and the town hall bell still chimes 99 times each evening. (You may also be lucky enough to get a flake in your 99!)

The smaller but very pretty town of Sulmona is where confetti (sugared almonds) were invented and the main street is crowded with shops selling colourful displays of floral arrangements made entirely from confetti. Both these towns have impressive churches and museums, restaurants, cafes and shopping too.

Abruzzo has countless medieval hilltop villages with spectacularly set castles, which can be visited by exploring the area with a car. The Adriatic coast has long stretches of clean sandy beach and is a lively place to be during the summer. It is quite heavily developed and crowded with holidaying Italians during the hottest months of July and August.

FOOD in Abruzzo

Abruzzo has two very different cuisines. On the Adriatic coast there is excellent seafood, while in the mountains wonderful game dishes are available of venison and wild boar, as well as an abundance of fresh vegetables, grains and pulses. Vegetarians are well catered for with pasta sauces of tomatoes, asparagus, artichoke or porcini mushrooms, but little seafood reaches the mountain regions. Fresh cheeses are particularly good, and of course delicious bread, pizza, ice-cream and wine is available throughout the region. The medieval town of Sulmona is the place to find confetti (sugared almonds).

COST

Abruzzo is a relatively inexpensive region of Italy. Accommodation is reasonably priced and the excellent restaurants will feed you full to bursting and then present you with a pleasingly small bill. Ryanair’s daily flights from London Stansted to Pescara can be a real bargain, especially during mid-week and if booking well in advance.

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