Parco Nazionale d' Abruzzo Travel Guide
Parco Nazionale d' Abruzzo
rock route marker
Walking in the mountains - 2
On the way from Monte vitelle to Rifugio di lorio.. Remember to bring a walking stick with you.. else you will fall of the mountain :-) no, seriously.. it's very steep and its nice to have a stick to stick to..
The ski lift
Here were on the ski lift.. hehe.. Its quite weird to take the ski lift in the summer time.. but its an easy way to get to the top of Monte Vitelle. From Monte Vitelle we walked to Rifugio Pesco di Lorio.. Thats the little white cottage that you can see on the other...
One of the highest peaks
Here were on one of the highest peaks of the mountains around Pescasseroli. To get there we took a ski lift first! :-) and then walked the rest of the way.. It s a fantastic view.. words cant describe it..
You must go walking in the mountains when you are in Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo! It's a real pity not to do it.. because you will miss this view. :-)Go to the local Pro Loco office to and have them sell you a map of the sentieri (marked paths for walking) and they can also...
Comisciara Cafe: Cafe in the Park
There are few cafes in the area and the rifugios are usually shut - so a packed lunch and plenty of water is advisable for al fresco dining. There are a couple of cafes in the Comisciara area - and we enjoyed a drink and a rest in this one. Light snacks and drinks are available as well as some tourist tack and postcards.
Favorite Dish: The old gent who looks after this palce must be as old as the hills himself but he gives you a warm welcome - often offering a local specialitiy he brews himself - a wild strawberry liquer - quite sweet and an acquired taste for some but I enjoyed it.He wasvery cheerful when we met as he had just had a telephone line installed so he could contact his son! There are no toilet facililities - no sewage is piped into the park - there are plenty of bushes around!
This gives you a good idea of how protected the park is from human intervention.
Written Jun 25, 2003
How to get to Pescasseroli from Rome
First you go from Rome to Avezzano by either pullman or train. I recommend the pullman because there is no aircondition in the train.. I am not so sensitive to heat so I don't care much about airconditioning, but I have seen people who looked like they were gonna die because...
A local bus service does operate to the towns of Pescasseroli, Opi, Barrea and Civitella Alfedena - but a limited service, although enough to visit the towns under your own steam. Payment is made on the bus and is quite cheap -2 euros at the most to go to Barrea about 17 km...
A faithful guide
It seemed to us that the villagers of Pescassseroli liked their dogs but did not often take them for a walk. Well there was no need for them to! Several times when we were hiking a dog would accompany us at the start and even show us the way if we were unsure of the direction!!
This St Bernard cross breed accompanied us one for the whole of a 5 hour walk and was truly a faithful guide - pity he didn't have any brandy though :-)
Updated Jun 26, 2003
Like any mountain weather the sun can be cracking the flags one moment and a terrific thunderstorm the next. The water troughs - which have drinkable water - helped some of us to cool down!
The weather pattern for Abruzzo was fairly typical for our week. Sunny and hot in the morning, you'd see the clouds gather by early afternoon and then about 3pm it would thunder, sometimes hail stones too, lasting about an hour before it cleared up and was sunny again. So make sure you are prepared for all types of weather when hiking.
Updated Jul 11, 2003
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- Hiking and Walking
Another favourite viewpoint was from the lofty sanctuary of the Madonna at the foot of Monte Tranquillo - a hike we did from Pescasseroli with our faithful friendly dog (see local customs tip!) The local women broght the stons up here to build this sanctuary as thanks to the...
The evocative ruins of the Castel Mancino above the town of Pescasseroli can be reached in about 40 mins from the centre and you get a wonderful view of the Abruzzo NP.
We did not see much wildlife during our hikes ..but we did come across these sheep with their new born lambs, must be just a few days old as they still had wrinkly skin, so cute!Guess they wouldn't want to see wolves!
...and horses too
if you don;t fancy hiking then horse riding trails are also available in this area. They too make the most of the water from the fountains. Just in case you were wondering we took water from the top end where it came out of the spount and not where the dogs and horses drank...
Water troughs on a trail are a god send when youn need to refill your water bottles..some make a nice scenic reflection photo ;-)
Here's another view of these peaks, taken from a meadow where we stopped for lunch on our way to Civitella Alfedena.
A whole gamut of hiking trails are available
The area is divided into regions - using a letter code - and then the trails in that region are given a number. So for example you could be walking route B2. Times are not marked on route but are usually displayed on a hiking informaton board at the beginning of the coded region. Pescassseroli has ABCD areas around it and Comisciara is G region for example. Routes are indicated on the trail though at regular intervals and ususally when there is a choice of paths fortunately - trees and/or rocks are often used for this.
Updated Jun 26, 2003
Good homepage with lots of information
This is a very good homepage about Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo! This homepage is a very good alternative to www.pna.it. Volunteers from the park are running the homepage.http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Trails/1087/Herb
This is the largest town in the Abruzzo NP and where we had our base for a week in June. Even so village life is unspoilt and totally untouristic - perhaps not so in August when the italians from Rome come up to escape the heat of the city!More info on my Pescasseroli...
Civitella Alfedena lies in the Upper Sangro Valley at the foot of the Monti della Meta, on a small hill overlooking Lake Barrea, right in the heart of the Abruzzo National Park.
We enjoyed a lovely hike here from the Comiscara area of the Park, one of the most attractive...
Wildlife of the Park
The park is the habitat of the last surviving Apennine wolves and the Marsican brown bear; also important is the presence of the otter, wild cat, marten and other elements of Apennine fauna, including the southern squirrel. Other remaining mammals are the red deer and roe...
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