Guided Gorges of San Venanzio Regional Nature Reserve - Abruzzo

Guided Gorges of San Venanzio Regional Nature Reserve - Abruzzo

Type of protected area - Where it is located

Typology: Guided Regional Nature Reserve; established with L.R. September 16, 1998 n. 84
Region: Abruzzo
Province: LAquila

The Guided Gorges of San Venanzio Regional Nature Reserve, adjacent to the Sirente-Velino Regional Park, protects the spectacular canyon of the Aterno river, near the villages of Raiano and Molina Aterno; occupies an area of ​​1,072 hectares in the territory of the Municipality of Raiano (LAquila).

Guided Gorges of S. Venanzio Regional Nature Reserve (Zen photo by Enrico


The Reserve contains two distinct morphological aspects: in the eastern part, that of the Gorges, the river flows impetuously between two overhanging rocky reliefs, while in the western part everything transforms and becomes softer, the slopes decrease, the space it widens and the valley bottom connects through a series of natural terraces in the inhabited center. In the territory, where the wild nature of the places has preserved a unique and intact habitat, there are a great variety of flora and fauna species. Thanks to the presence of rocky areas, birds and in particular birds of prey (golden eagle, falcon lanner), find an ideal habitat for their reproduction. Among the many peculiarities, one makes it truly special: the perfect balance between the preservation of one's environment and the presence of man, with the numerous traces it has left over the centuries.

Information for the visit

Municipality of Raiano
Viale Tratturo
66027 Raiano (AQ)
Tel. 0864 726058

Video: Roccamorice, Abruzzo, Italy. A view of mountains. Yulia Talbots travelvideo