The National Park of Abruzzo was founded in 1922 as the first national park of Italy. Consisting of mountains and high pastureland, it is covered by endless beech forests. As the theatre of one of the most important international ecological battles, its constitution has saved from extinction the Marsican bear, which has become the symbol of the Park, as well as the Abruzzo chamois and other species of fauna and flora.

Nestling in the heart of the Abruzzo Park are some of the loveliest old villages of Italy. And located in one of these, Alfedena, is the oasis of the wolf, an open-air museum of this predator symbol of the Abruzzo mountains where some exemplars live in captivity.