Have you ever wandered if you should visit the regions of Abruzzo and Molise in Italy? Here are some things to consider:
A gorgeous area in central Italy, Abruzzo includes the grandest and highest Apennines Mountain chain massifs, the Maiella and the Gran Sasso, and the National Park of Abruzzo, one of Italy’s most well-known national parks. Alongside the breathtaking Adriatic Sea coastline lies some of the country’s luxury beach resorts, like Vasto and Pescara.
Stretching from Apennines to Adriatic Sea within central Italy, Molise’s sparsely populated landscape includes one of farms and forests. Molise has multiple interesting hamlets and small towns in which the vestiges of the historic Norman, Roman, and Samnite occupations are still highly evident. The coastline of Molise offers amazing beaches, particularly at Termoli.
Abruzzo and Molise, a single area until ’63, together make the country’s transition from north over to south. Both of them are sparsely-populated mountainous areas, and both were outside of the mainstream of Italian affairs since the time of the Middle Ages. Bordered with the Apennines, it has some of the country’s wildest terrain: abandoned hill villages, silent valleys, and untamed mountain plains, at one time, roamed by chamois, bears, and wolves; sleepy Molise provides likewise draws, yet is less visited. Within recent times, the area has come under scrutiny internationally, after a huge earthquake that struck L’Aquila, the capital of the region, in April of 2009, pretty much destroying the city, and killing more than 300 and leaving 65,000 in a state of homelessness. Despite its widespread destruction, L’Aquila slowly is being pieced together again, and the little-visited areas continuously are amongst the few regions of Italy in which there still is a lot to do.
Forty percent of this area is covered with mountains, and though they’re less dramatic than the area of Abruzzo, there is a lot of possibilities for hiking. Travelers also are beginning to explore the region’s ancient sheep droving paths, well-known as tratturi — that are gaining fresh life as horseback-riding or mountain-bike trails that are served by an occasional farmhouse guesthouse and stables along the way.
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