There’s a particular time of day when the sun lights up this picturesque town, reflecting off the blue waters of the lake of the same name. It is perhaps in this moment that Barrea best reveals its magic, the quintessential mountain town, at one with the nature that surrounds it. Perched on a rocky outcrop, it is part of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park, and the countryside that surrounds it is picture-postcard beautiful: mountain peaks, beech woods, clear streams... all these things make Barrea the perfect destination for hikers. From here you can take paths to Lake Vivo, Lake Pantaniello, Lake Barrea and the Resuni mountain hut. The historic center of the town is the castle, built during the 11th and 12th centuries, whose presence speaks of the ancient history of the area.