A territory reach in quality
A wide variety of natural landscapes and environments with high levels of biodiversity are also on offer to visiting tourists. The wonderful National Parks of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, of Majella, of the Sybilline Mountains, Circeo, Sila, Aspromonte and Pollino as well as the many Oases and Nature Reserves, are perfect places to recuperate with long walks, treks on horseback and mountain bike rides.
In Molise and Abruzzo, walkers can still follow the ancient ‘tratturi' or sheep tracks, used for moving flocks as far back as Roman times.
In Umbria, Lazio, Molise, Abruzzo and Calabria it is not just the cities, towns and villages of faith that attract visitors. Thanks to the efforts made in promoting sustainable tourism and the protection of our historical and architectural heritage, many other towns and villages have been awarded the Bandiera Arancione (Orange Flag), or have earned the mark of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy
Unique flavours and aromas permeate these regions, produced with ancient agricultural methods, some of which even originated in the monasteries themselves. Accomplished local producers and gastronomic events offer visitors the opportunity to sample a wide range of high quality locally grown products and to taste traditional regional recipes. Produce that is definitely worth a mention includes white veal from the central Appenine region (IGP), Italian game salami (IGP), Norcia ham (IGP) and Calabrian cured meats (pancetta, soppressata, capocollo, sausage) (DOP). There are also many renowned cheeses to enjoy here, such as the Roman pecorino (DOP), Roman ricotta (DOP), Tuscan pecorino (DOP) and caciocavallo from Silano (DOP).
Some of the vegetables and fruits produced here have also received the IGP mark, including the Roman globe artichoke (IGP), the Latina kiwi (IGP) and the Calabrian Clementine, not to forget of course the famous saffron of L'Aquila. Finally we have the regions' most "ancient" products, such as rustic bread from Genzano Romano (IGP) and the many prized wines (25 DOC wines in Lazio, 2 DOCG and 11 DOC in Umbria, 3 DOC in Molise, 1 DOCG and 3 DOC in Abruzzo and finally 12 DOC wines in Calabria).
Many of these same towns and cities are also protected by the mark of Città dell'Olio or City of Oil; here ancient presses are used to produce high quality olive oil, also awarded the DOC mark.