direttore Paolo Di Maira


photo by Mauro Pagliai

Abruzzo, Italy’s last wilderness, as the British newspaper “The Independent” wrote in its headline a couple of years ago.

You have to admit that this land in the heart of Italy, to the east of Rome, between the Apennines and the Adriatic, reserves some big surprises.
Its natural landscapes are surprising: from the sandy beaches, to the cliffs and coves of the splendid Trabocchi coast with the ancient fishing machines stretched out across the sea; from the lakes like Bomba, Barrea, Campotosto, Scanno, to the numerous natural springs and waterfalls; from the rocky peaks to the gullies; from the abandoned mines to Campo Imperatore, a huge plateau at an altitude of 1800 meters, a regular natural sound stage.

The “wilderness”, the “wild” dimension of the natural landscape reverberates in its deepest spiritual facet, an ancient culture that has become rooted over the centuries and offers an almost mystical atmosphere that can be perceived in the silence of this austere and authentic territory. The view takes in the hermitages, the paths, the nestling villages, the numerous abbeys, the castles and medieval hamlets, true jewels just waiting to be discovered that offer nooks and panoramas filled with charm and magic. These are the leading actors in this great open-air scene, the co-protagonists along with a population that is, by nature, reserved yet capable of offering a warm welcome, as also expressed by the flavors of the table, the best wines, the typical traditional products.

In short, Abruzzo is a land where there are many good reasons to film:

 The extremely diversified landscapes ranging from the mountains, with their harsh and wild appearance, to the milder, gentler hilly and marine landscapes;

 The ease with which the region can be covered where, within the space of just a few kilometers, it is possible to pass from the almost three thousand meters of the summits of the Gran Sasso to the Adriatic sea;

 its central geographical position, near to Rome and Cinecittà and its easy accessibility, thanks to the extensive road, motorway and railway network. Similarly Abruzzo’s Pescara Airport makes it possible to reach many of the most important national and European airports.

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