The unspoilt, awe-inspiring mountains surrounding Amatrice are ideal for hikes and for enjoying local specialities. Warm hospitality and an abundance of nature sites are the assets of this resilient community.
The Valley of Amatrice is lined with woods of century-old trees and green pastures. In winter, its creeks and cascades of crystal clear waters turn into shimmering icicles. A great environment for active vacations, it however deserves to be explored at a slow pace. The famous Sentiero Italia trail, which connects all the mountain ranges of Italy and runs down the entire peninsula, includes stop-overs in this area. Another interesting trek would be hiking along the Cammino dei Parchi trail, which connects L’Aquila to Rome and passes exclusively through nature reserves. The hiking trails have diverse levels of difficulty, suitable for families and expert hikers alike.
Amatrice is set in the heart of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park and is well-known for its typical dishes made from local products. It is impossible to talk about the culinary traditions of Amatrice without mentioning its most famous dish: pasta all’amatriciana, made with spaghetti or short pasta. Amatriciana sauce was once made only with jowl bacon and pecorino, while the addition of tomatoes dates from 1700. In the Piazza del Gusto e della Tradizione there are many restaurants where the authentic pasta all’amatriciana is served. Historical sites abound in this area. Some of these can be viewed in the multimedia annex of the future Diocesan Museum.
Well-worth exploring either on foot or by mountain bike is the area of Lake Scandarello. Nestled in the Langa Mountains, the lake and its surroundings are the perfect place to unwind during the day and to gaze at the stars at night.

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