Ancient Beech Groves
Come into Marsica and discover the beating heart of Abruzzo

Ancient Beech Groves


There are five ancient beech groves in Abruzzo, all located within the National Park in Abruzzo, Lazio, and Molise: Val Cervara in Villavallelonga, Selva Moricento in Lecce dei Marsi, Coppo del Morto between Pescasseroli and Scanno, Coppo del Principe in Pescasseroli and Val Fondillo between Opi and Civitella Alfedena.

They span for about 1,000 hectares and, in 2017, they became part of the Unesco world heritage list “Primeval Beech Forest of the Carpathians and Other European Regions”.

They are characterized by majestic trees – some of the most ancient beech tree of Europe – and rare flowers, mushrooms, and moss. The many different animals and plants that live here create an extremely diversified biodiversity.

The most evocative beech groves are located on the Mounts Simbruini, and they host also silver firs, juniper, and holly trees. 

Every year, inside the magical atmosphere created by these ancient beech groves, you can join many different events, from painting competitions to hikes along natural trails.

Ancient Beech Groves

Part of the Unesco world heritage list