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Barrea

There is a time of day when the sun illuminates the picturesque village, reflecting on the blue waters of the lake of the same name, and perhaps it is there that Barrea expresses all its magic, its being a mountain village, one thing with nature that surrounds it. Perched on a rocky spur, is part of the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise and the landscape that surrounds it is so beautiful as to look like a postcard: mountainous peaks, beech forests, clear waterways, all this makes Barrea an ideal destination for lovers of hiking. From here there are also paths that lead to Lake Vivo, Lake Pantaniello, Lake Barrea and the Resuni refuge. The historic heart of the village, however, is the Castle, built between the eleventh and twelfth centuries, which tells with its presence the ancient history of the territory.

 

Provincia: L'Aquila

CAP: 67030

Prefisso: 0864

Altitudine: 1066

POSIZIONE GEOGRAFICA

41.7577553, 13.9890011

In the heart of the Abruzzo National Park and among the pristine peaks of the Apennines, there is the Lake of Barrea, which overlooks three delightful villages: Barrea, Villetta Barrea and Civitella Alfedena.

Natural reservoir of morainic origin, elliptical in shape, about 150 m long and 200 m wide. It is located at an altitude of 1818 m., northeast of Mount Greco and is the second largest lake in the Apennines. Since 1972, it has been part of the State Nature Reserve Lake Pantaniello.

Established in 1976 within the Visitor Centre of the Park, it is a point of reference for the knowledge of the fauna area of the wolf. It illustrates the biological characteristics of this species, its living conditions in relation to the climate of the different seasons, the history of its difficult relationship with man.

The Museum is a place of study and documentation on the phenomenon of transhumant sheep-farming, a key sector of the local economy and of the whole of Abruzzo until the recent past. Interesting explanatory panels illustrate synthetically, but with great didactic effectiveness, the various historical, social and cultural aspects and the systems of life and work.

Lake Montagna Spaccata is the result of a barrier for the production of electricity and is powered by Rio Torto. Fishing is permitted subject to prior authorisation. The nature that surrounds it is intense and suggestive, frequent sightings of wolves, wild boars, bears, chamois and deer.

The Museum houses the famous collections from the sanctuaries and the Samnite necropolis of Alfedena.

"The blue veins of the Earth", with this name, Villetta Barrea and the Ente Parco Nazionale D'Abruzzo, wanted to emphasize the importance of water by creating a museum. The structure is equipped with 12 panels that exhaustively explain both the water system of the Park and the typical aquatic flora and fauna.