On the Cover: Barrea Lake

The Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo (National Park of Abruzzo) was established in 1923 to protect nature and to save certain wild animals from extinction. It is in the heart of the central Apennines between the Abruzzi, Lazio and Molise regions and its over 100,000 acres are home to 25 towns.

The scenery here is characterized by mountain chains, karst phenomena (landscapes underlain by limestone that have been eroded by dissolution producing ridges, towers, fishers, sinkholes, and

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