Farindola is situated in Pescara district, in Abruzzo, it is part of the Mountain Community Vestina and the National park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga and it houses their scientific management center.
Located on a hill 500 meters high, Farindola is a medieval village that still retains the architectural features, with small alleys and steps.
In the heart of the old town centre there is Palazzo Farnese, which once was the seat of government, and now is a private home and preserves beautiful frescoes as the “Judgement of Solomon” and the 4 virtues, Justice, Strength, Prudence and Temperance. The walls of the castle Farnese are what remains of the sixteenth-century castle built on the rocky mountain to defend the town.
The Church of St. Nicholas is dedicated to the patron saint of Farindola, built in the fourteenth century, but rebuilt in the 30s, with the bell tower that still keeps the basic structure of a medieval tower.
Farindola offers a beautiful view of the Gran Sasso, and together with Rigopiano, is the starting point of many nature trails, through the woods and the mountain pastures, and for the practice of mountaineering and caving. Very interesting points are the Cave of the Brigands and the Hermit’s Cave.
Near Farindola, in the Valle d’Agri, there is the beautiful waterfall of the Golden Calf, with a 28-meter gap between the lush vegetation and the rock wall is one of the main sources of the Gran Sasso. It owes its name to an ancient legend of a woman who saw a yellow golden calf near the waterfall on St. John’s day.