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Parco Sponga

67050 Canistro, Province of L'Aquila, Italy


About Parco Sponga

The Sponga Park is a municipal natural park located on the Simbruini mountain range in the municipality of Canistro , in Abruzzo.  The protected area is characterized by the presence of the La Sponga stream whose source, called Sant'Antonio-Sponga, is located at about 1000 m  above sea level. The name of the stream and the park could derive from the corresponding dialect word for "sponge".

Attractions near Parco Sponga

Monti Cantari4.83km from Parco Sponga

The Monti Càntari is a short mountain range belonging to the central Apennines, located on the border between Lazio and Abruzzo, along the Apennine watershed, between the provinces of Frosinone and L'Aquila. Bordered to the north and east by the Roveto Valley, to the south-east by the Ernici Mountains, to the south by the Latina Valley, to the west by the Granara Valley and the territory of Filettino.

Cascata Zompo Lo Schioppo8.53km from Parco Sponga

The waterfall of Zompo lo Schioppo represents the highest natural waterfall in the central Apennines after that of the Rio Verde di Borrello; in fact, the waters precipitate from a height of over 80 meters and then flow downstream towards the town of Morino. The flow rate of the waterfall, originating from karst phenomena, depends on the amount of rainfall that occurs during the year.

Via Lago della Duchessa12.05km from Parco Sponga

The Lake of the Duchess is a lake mount the high seas of Lazio, in the province of Rieti, within the regional reserve Mountains of the Duchess, in the territory of the municipality of Borgorose, on the border with the province of Aquila in Abruzzo. The toponym derives from that attributed to the surrounding mountains by the Bolognese Francesco De Marchi in the sixteenth century. in homage to Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Parma and Piacenza, and of the Duchy of Leonessa and Cittaducale.

Fucine Lake14.8km from Parco Sponga

Fucine Lake, or Lago Fucino in Italian, was the source of misery since ancient times. The lake had no natural outlet, causing the lake’s water to spill over and frequently flood the surrounding villages. The local inhabitants pressed Julius Caesar to drain the lake and reclaim the valley, but before Caesar could draw up a plan, he was assassinated.

Monti Ernici15.52km from Parco Sponga

The Ernici Mountains are a short mountain range of tectonic origin of the Lazio Sub-Apennines, which extends east-west and is bounded to the north by the Cantari Mountains and the Aniene valley , to the east by the Liri valley, to the south and to the west , from the Sacco Valley. The peaks are on average 2000 meters high, the highest is that of Monte del Passeggio followed by Pizzo Deta, Monte Fragara and Monte Ginepro which together constitute the southern massif.

Area archeologica di Alba Fucens17.29km from Parco Sponga

Alba Fucens, the ancient Roman city at the base of Monte Velino (Province of Aquila), is an archaeological jewel that one should most definitely explore. In fact, the ruins that emerged from excavations initiated by Fernand De Visscher in 1949 are truly remarkable. It is chiefly remarkable for its finely preserved fortifications and so more.

Where is Parco Sponga

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Most of the region is mountainous or hilly. The few small coastal harbours have little economic importance for fishing or commerce. One of the famous greenish areas in Italy are here.