REGIONAL PARK OF THE SIRENTE VELINO
The Regional Park of the Sirente-Velino
been founded by the Region Abruzzo
positioned to the center of the Appennini,
it has a territorial extension of 60
hectares around, and it confines to
with the Lazio, to south with the Piana
Fucino and to north-north-east with
of the Aterno and the basin in L'Aquila.
The name Velino it derives, according to
Dionigi of Alicarnasso, from the Greek word
Helos, swamp. In contrast with the arid actual
environment, the thick one, to the beginning
of the Quaternary era, it contained a series
of lakes of high quota, whose traces make
the landscape of the mountain suggestive.
Its territory includes some of the more suggestive
mountainous groups of the Appennino: the
chain of the Velino Mountain, that of the
Sirente Mountain, the Mountains of the Magnola
and the group of the Ochre Mountain they
constitute tops of it that overcomes the
2.000 meters of quota, among which it polls
that some Mountain Velino (2.486 mt.), belonging
to the homonym chain, third peak of the Appennino.
.Surrounded by the principal mountainous
groups it is the highland of the Fortresses,
sets to a quota of 1.200/1.400 meters, that
entertains the famous tourist centers of
Ovindoli, Rocca di Mezzo and Rocca di Cambio
. In the territory of the Park the average
Valley of the River Aterno is included, also
that longitudinally crosses its oriental
edge from Campana to Molina Aterno, and it
is separate to north from the Basin in L'
Aquila and to east from the Plain of Navelli
from a mountainous system of 1.000-1200 meters
altitude. A further edge of territory, southeast,
includes the Valley Subequana, that flows
toward south in the Basin Peligna.
The thick one is characterized by the traces
of a series of lakes in quota existing in
the quaternary period, that have left an
The phenomenons here of the karst are
remarkable and have produced the Caves
Stiffe, near S.Demetrio de' Vestini.
river, fed by the waters picked up
inghiottitois of the vast highland
of the Fortresses it flows in the caves,
with spectacular falls to the inside
The vegetation is particularly luxuriant,
mind the fauna is represented by wolf, from
the bear marsicano, from the wild cat, from
the martens, from the eagle, from the hawk,
from the woodpeckers.
In spring, on the highland of the Fortresses,
you can be enjoyed the sight of boundless
fields of narcissuses in flower, object of
a festival that is held to Middle Fortress.
In the zone of the park areas of notable
historical and archaeological interest as
the complex of Dawn Fucens and numerous castles
are also found as that of they Conceal or
the ruins of the Castle Of Ocre.
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