|Where there a time the old community of the Marsi lived, nowadays there are ski runs.
Over the last few years, Ovindoli, a centre of the Marsican region with an interesting historic past, has become a rather frequented
winter touristic resort and is part of the touristic association “Skipass”, together with Campo Felice, Gran Sasso and Caves of Stiffe.
Born as a stronghold of the Marsi in defense of the neighbouring Vestini, Ovindoli was firstly destroyed by the Romans in the so-called
“Social War” and then rebuilt by the Longobards. Here in 1268 Charles of Anjou stayed before his definitive victory over Conrad of Swabia.
So Ovindoli couples a respected past, also giving the possibility to visit its historic evidence, with mountain beauties.
Its runs, served by modern structures having an excellent exposure, wind between 1400 and 2200 metres above sea level for
an overall development of 22 kilometres. Snow is always plentiful. Two very modern 3-seated chair lifts and two new runs altogether
long 4 kilometres are operative. Another novelty is the Cross-Country Stadium endowed with rings of 5+3 kilometres. The village
is equipped for any type of sport such as riding, skiing, climbing, trekking, paragliding, archery, free climbing and so on.
Ovindoli is part of the Parco Sirente-Velino, giving the possibility of making interesting trips scouting the distinctive fauna:
Marsican bears, wild wolves and cats, and many birds of prey such as golden eagles or buzzards or eagle-owls, as well
as the re-introduced deers and roes.