(photo of Castelbasso, Abruzzo by Fabio)
Italy is popular for the beauty of its flowers. You will find them growing abundantly in many gardens and parks, but if you wish to see unique flora and fauna then visit one of the National Parks of the country.
The Flora of National Park of Abruzzo
Beautiful and rare flowers grow in Abruzzo’s National Park which may be attributed to its altitude of 900 to 2200 metres above sea level. The park has an interesting landscape that is both challenging and exciting to conquer. The rounded peaks and alternated cliff slopes require someone with experience to serve as your guide. Nevertheless, if you have no intention to go to the summit and just wish to enjoy the beauty of the place then finding a campsite near the river, would be a wise decision.
The May and June Flowers: The Iris and Orchids
Some of the flowers that bloom during these months are the Iris Marsica and the Pianella della Madonna, a type of orchid. The Iris plant is endemic in the region but the rare orchid will only be spotted if you go to the furthest corners of the park. It is a challenging experience but definitely worth it.
The Coniferous Plants: The Black Pine and the Mugo Pine
Black pines are a rare sight in Italy, but in Abruzzo species can be spotted at Val Fondillo and Camosciara. You also have the Mugo pine that grows between the prairie and the beech tree forest.
The Beech Tree
The Beech tree is the most common tree you will find in the park, occupying more than 60% of it and growing in altitudes as high as 1800 metres. The area is well preserved, since it serves as home to a wide variety of wild animals in the area.
List of flowers found in other areas of the park:
• The Red Lily
• The Aquilegia
• The Martagon Lily
• The Apennine Gentian
The Fauna of National Park of Abruzzo
If the beauty and elegance of flowers found here will amaze you then the wild animals living in the park will thrill you. If you are lucky, you will have the opportunity to gaze at its resident Chamois, Wolf, Deer, Golden Eagle, or Brown Marsicano Bear. Apart from this, you will find numerous species of mammals and birds that roam the sky above.
How to Arrive:
From Rome Airport, ask the taxicab driver to transport you to Avezzano where you can take the train straight to Pescara. From there, you can take a coach ride that will lead you to the Abruzzo Park.
For ideas on where to go camping in Italy, near the Abruzzo National Park, please see the I Spy Camping website.