Explore Cagnano Amiterno and its surroundings: A tourist adventure between history, nature, culture and genuine flavours

Cagnano Amiterno, an enchanting town located in the province of L'Aquila, is a hidden treasure in the heart of Italy. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and rich in ancient history, this place is a perfect destination for those who want to immerse themselves in the authenticity of the Abruzzo hinterland. However, the adventure doesn't end there; exploring the surroundings of Cagnano Amiterno, you come across a wide range of tourist attractions which also include the city of L'Aquila and its treasures. In this article, we will carefully explore all the points of tourist interest reachable from Cagnano Amiterno, offering a broad overview of the wonders to discover.

Cagnano Amiterno: History and Tradition

Church of San Cosma e Damiano

Church of S. Cosma and Damiano

The church of Saints Cosma and Damiano is a missing church in L'Aquila, located in the quarter of San Pietro. </It owed its construction to the inhabitants of the castle of Cagnano Amiterno, who thus contributed to the foundation of the city in the 13th century. Damaged following the L'Aquila earthquake of 1703, it was never rebuilt

Characterized by medieval frescoes and an atmosphere of sacredness, this church represents an essential stop for lovers of art and history.

  • Distance: On foot, 5 minutes.

Walking excursion in the “Le Castagnole” forest

Near Cagnano Amiterno there is the “Le Castagnole” forest, where you can enjoy an excursion on foot immersed in nature. Here it is possible to admire centuries-old chestnut, beech and oak trees, breathing the fresh air and enjoying the tranquility of the environment.

  • Distance: On foot, 5 minutes. Journey duration approximately 2 hours

Archaeological excavations of Amiternum

The Archaeological Excavations of Amiternum represent an open window on the glorious past of this ancient Roman city. Here it is possible to explore ruins, mosaics and other finds that testify to the historical and cultural richness of this important city of ancient Rome. Here for more info

  • Distance: By car, 20 minutes.

Birch forest in Cascina

The Birch Forest in Cascina offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in uncontaminated nature and enjoy tranquility. With its shaded paths and rich biodiversity, this forest is ideal for relaxing hikes and observation of fauna and flora.

  • Distance : By car, 5 minutes.

Exploring the surroundings of Cagnano Amiterno

Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park

A short distance from Cagnano Amiterno extends the majestic Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park , a paradise for nature lovers. Here you can go hiking, climbing and enjoy breathtaking landscapes that include mountain peaks, centuries-old woods and spectacular waterfalls.

  • Distance: By car, 30 minutes.

Rocca Calascio

Dominating the peaks of the Apennines, Rocca Calascio is an imposing medieval fortress that offers an unparalleled panoramic view. Immortalized in numerous films and TV series, this fortress is an icon of the Abruzzo region and represents a must-see for anyone visiting the area.

  • Distance: By car, 1 hour.

L'Aquila: Renaissance Treasures and Lively Culture

Just 30 kilometers from Cagnano Amiterno stands the city of L'Aquila, rich in Renaissance treasures and a lively cultural scene. Among its main attractions include the Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, the Castle of L'Aquila and the National Museum of Abruzzo, which houses a rich collection of works of art and archaeological finds.

  • Distance: By car, 25 minutes.

Campotosto Lake

The suggestive Lake Campotosto, immersed in the mountains of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, offers a tranquil oasis of natural beauty. Ideal for scenic walks, mountain bike excursions and relaxing picnics, the lake is a perfect place to enjoy the peace and serenity of Abruzzo's nature.

  • Distance: By car, 50 minutes.


Amatrice before the 2016 earthquake

Located near Cagnano Amiterno, Amatrice is a picturesque town famous for its delicious traditional dish, "pasta all'amatriciana". In addition to delighting the palate with local culinary delights, visitors can explore the narrow medieval streets, admire the historic architecture and visit the Civic Archaeological Museum.

  • Distance: By car, 40 minutes.

Santo Stefano di Sessanio

Santo Stefano di Sessanio is a charming medieval village located on the hills of Abruzzo. Characterized by paved alleys, stone houses and breathtaking panoramic views, this village offers an unforgettable journey back in time.

  • Distance: By car, 50 minutes.

Stiffe Caves

A few kilometers from Cagnano Amiterno are the fascinating Stiffe Caves , a karst complex characterized by spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. Visiting these caves is a unique experience that allows you to explore an underground world full of natural wonders.

  • Distance: By car, 30 minutes.

Canoe excursion on the Tirino:

Among the things to see in the province of L'Aquila there is also the Tirino river,  known as the clearest river in Europe  (yet I had never heard of it) because it is fed by pure spring waters of surprising colours: emerald green, jade and then turquoise again. The canoe excursion is organized by the Il Bosso cooperative and the companions entertained us like storytellers, telling us about the traditions linked to this place and describing the fauna that characterizes it, which is an indication of the purity of the river environment.
After traveling a long distance, we dived in, defying the 10°C of the water, ate river celery and drank the spring water. On the way back we remained in reverential silence so as not to disturb the animals and to be able to spot them. It is a wonderful experience that I particularly recommend.

Excursion cost: 55 euros for two people

Excursion duration: two and a half hours

  • Driving distance 50 minutes


Cagnano Amiterno and its surroundings offer a complete tourist experience, which combines history, nature and culture in an unforgettable adventure. From ancient medieval churches to breathtaking landscapes and centuries-old woodlands, this region of Abruzzo is full of treasures to discover. The variety of attractions offers something for every taste, whether you are a history buff, a nature lover or a traveler looking for authentic experiences.

Each point of interest mentioned here offers a unique experience, enriching your trip with a variety of experiences to enjoy and places to explore. Whether you are admiring the ancient Roman ruins in the Archaeological Excavations of Amiternum, trekking along the paths of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park or simply enjoying the tranquility of the "Le Castagnole" forest, every moment will be a memory to cherish.

Remember to prepare your trip properly, checking the opening times of attractions and planning your excursions according to your preferences. Whether you decide to explore an ancient archaeological site, take a walk in the mountains or savor the local cuisine in a picturesque village, Cagnano Amiterno and its surroundings will welcome you with open arms, offering you an authentic and unforgettable experience in the heart of Abruzzo .

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