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View of the Majella from the road above Lu Lette.  The tall pole is to mark the edge of the road in winter, when the snow is very deep.
Lu Lette and La Rocca, visible to each other across the ravine that separates them, are located in the mountainous interior of the province of Pescara, in the Abruzzo region of Italy.  This region is known for its rugged terrain, which kept its villages and people isolated until well into the twentieth century.  It is said that the character of the Abruzzese people, who are known for their strength and independence, was shaped by this geography.  Much of this region is national and provincial parkland, remote and rugged wilderness.
The western slopes of the Majella with their characteristic valleys and ravines.  Above the forest the high grassy plateaus, home to the flocks in the summer, are visible.
View in the Majella from Block- haus, about 5800 feet above Lu Lette and La Rocca.
Lu Lette and La Rocca sit at the edge of the Majella National Park, in the foothills of the Majella Mountains.  The Majella is a unique dome consisting of multiple peaks.  Rising between the Adriatic Sea and the central Apennines, its eastern side is very steep and rocky, while its western slopes are somewhat gentler, and furrowed with many narrow valleys and deep canyons or ravines.  Shallow caves in these canyons and ravines were the site of many isolated hermitages built by monks as early as 800-1000 A. D. The Majella National Park provides a habitat to many unique plants (over 1700 species) and to wildlife including the wolf, Marsican Bear, chamois, wildcat, boar, and over 130 species of birds.
The Majella loom over Lu Lette and La Rocca at a height of 7000-9000 feet.  Some say these mountains were named for the mythical goddess Maia, daughter of Atlas.  According to legend, Maia lost her son while crossing the Adriatic Sea on a raft, died of a broken heart, and was buried in the cliffs of the Majella Mountains.  It is said that when the winds blow through the cliffs of the Majella, Maia can be heard crying for her son.
Apennine chamois.
Marsican bear.
View of the Majella from the eastern (Adriatic) side.
A mountainside chapel on the eastern side of the Majella.
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