Gennazzano – Campegli – Subiaco – Marzia – Tagliacozzo – Magliano dei Marsi – Velino Sirente Park
Abruzzo and the Natural Fortresses – Abruzzo is the land of parks, characterized by the presence of three national parks that make up a formidable natural and historical heritage of European interest, especially for the presence of Castles since the tenth century , for the strategic position of this region as defenders of the State Papal threatened by Tuscany , the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and raids by bandits and Saracens.
After a few kilometers from the border with Lazio , the tour Abruzzo and the Natural Fortresses arrives at Carseldine ,with its many forests, caves and the ruins of the medieval castle, probably built by the Anjou in the tenth century. On the top of steep slope ,we cross the peaks of Monte Bove, lies Tagliacozzo ,the city who gave his name at the battle fought in 1268 between Conradin the Swedish and Charles I of Anjou , thank this episode it gained the quote in Dante’ Divine Comedy
This poetic town is abounds of valuable relics , such as the fourteenth-century church of San Francesco, which houses the remains of Blessed Thomas of Celano , the first biographer of the omoniumus Saint, it is adorned by the beautiful cloister with frescos. Delicate and refined the Palazzo Ducale from the fourteenth century ,it had been built at the behest of the Orsini family which hosted kings and cardinals. Outside the center there is the shrine of Our Lady of the East, near the convent of the Friars Minor of St. Francis , which houses a precious icon of the Lady of Constantinople, which arrived from the East at the time of the iconoclastic persecution .The beauty of the historic center of Tagliacozzo is very suggestive , as the wherever a sophisticated medieval architecture all around. Fabulous the central square of the Obelisk in the summer where we can admire the European Festival of Folklore , before arriving to Magliano de Marsi and then to the Park Velino Sirente . End of Abruzzo and the Natural Fortresses.
Duration: 2 days
Cost: 360 €, including equestrian excursion with guide(6-7 hours) +2 lunch + dinner + breakfast + overnight