Barrea, Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo

Overlooking wonderful Lake Barrea from a hilltop in the upper Valle del Sangro, the village can show old churches, the walls of an ancient castle and the remains of a pre-Roman necropolis. It is a favourite choice for tourists who like mountain and lake resorts and love a natural park's atmosphere.


  • Altitude: 1060 m a.s.l
  • Distance from L'Aquila: 100 km
  • Population: ca. 900 inhabitants
  • Postal code: 67030
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0864
  • How to reach it: by road, A25, exit Cocullo; bus and trains, from Avezzano, Sulmona.


With the name of Barregias, the village rose together with St. Angelo, a nearby Benedictine monastery, in the VIII century. The area came under the rule of the powerful Sangros, who built a storm-proof fortress which still keeps their name.

What to see

  • Lake Barrea
  • The church of St. Maria della Baia
  • The church of St. Tommaso
  • The Natural Reserve Lago di Pantaniello.

Events and Festivities

  • 26 June: Feast of St. Tommaso Apostolo
  • August: Feast of St. Maria delle Grazie (emigrants come back on the occasion)
  • Christmas Night: traditional bonfire.

Where to stay

  • Hotel Holidays, Hotel Lago Verde.

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