The Sirente-Velino Regional Natural Park is the only regional park in Abruzzo and was established in 1989 with the aim of protecting and preserving the environment. It is in reality a pristine landscape - full of history - with castles, towers, and medieval villages. Here you can go back in time, immersed in exceptional natural beauty.
The park is named after the mountain of Monte Velino, which at 2468m is the third highest peak of the Apennines, and the mountain of the Massif Sirente, which consists of a single ridge about 15 km long, reaching a height of 2348 at its peak of the same name. The vegetation of the park is very rich due to the steep gradient between the maximum and minimum altitudes and the differing environmental conditions. At the base of the mountains are forests consisting of oak and maple trees while the upper plains are covered with grass. The northern slope of the Sirente is covered by a wide beech forest. The fauna of the park is interesting due to the presence of Apennine wolves, Marsican bears, wild cats, martens, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, griffon vultures and the Orsini viper.