Park AuthorityThe presence of the Park Authority in the territory is guaranteed by a strategical and functional network of administrative, technical, scientific and promotional facilities, that facilitate the direct and continuous contact with the resident people, the local organizations and the growing number of visitors. It is considered a "common good" around which administrators, social actors and citizens work while sharing participated choices and pathways to support a mountain environment that represents a "European monument to biodiversity".
This territory acts as a joint between the Euro-Siberian region and the Mediterranean one, where the highest mountain in the Apennines is situated and encloses the only glacier of Southern Europe. Its geographical location, the height of the mountains and the geological differences in the reliefs (limestone and dolostone on the Gran Sasso and Monti Gemelli, sandstone and marlstone on the Laga Mountains) determine an extraordinary richness in animal and plant species, as well as a unique variety of ecosystems and landscapes.
The Park hosts many faunistic and floristic species that are endemic to this area, as well as the most symbolic animal species in the Apennines, such as the wolf, the Apennine chamois, the bear, the golden eagle or the short-toed snake-eagle, which make us recall a primordial and wild nature. The thousand-year old human work has become a harmonious part of this magnificent environment while enhancing it at the same time. Ancient agricultural and grazing landscapes, such as the open fields, the almond orchards, the monumental chestnut forests, the geometrical river vegetable gardens are only some of the results of the works carried out by generations of farmers and shepherds. Each valley still keeps its ancient cultivation varieties, that are jealously shielded as the most precious inheritance from our fathers deserves.
Lentils are still cultivated at an altitude of more than 1,500 meters, as well as the parsnip, the saffron, the Solina wheat - the ancient soft wheat which was already known in the Roman age - the dill or the coriander.