Parco Nazionale d' Abruzzo Travel Guide

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Parco Nazionale d' Abruzzo Things to Do

  • 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..

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  • 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 picture.Monte Vitelle is 1945 m above the sea and Refugio pesco di lorio is 1870 m...

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  • 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..

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Parco Nazionale d' Abruzzo Restaurants

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    Comisciara cafe

    by sandysmith Written Jun 25, 2003

    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.

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Parco Nazionale d' Abruzzo Transportation

  • 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 of the heat.. So in the summertime go by pullman from Rome to Avezzano and...

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  • Bus

    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 from Pescasseroli.An early morning bus service goes to Rome but thats it...

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Parco Nazionale d' Abruzzo Local Customs

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    Sandy and her new friend

    by sandysmith Updated Jun 26, 2003

    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 :-)

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Parco Nazionale d' Abruzzo Warnings and Dangers

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    by sandysmith Updated Jul 11, 2003

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    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.

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Parco Nazionale d' Abruzzo Off The Beaten Path

  • Monte Tranquillo

    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 Madonna for protecting their village during the war. During the war a gun...

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  • Castel Mancino

    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.

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  • Wildlife

    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!

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Parco Nazionale d' Abruzzo Sports & Outdoors

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    rock route marker

    by sandysmith Updated Jun 26, 2003

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    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.

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Parco Nazionale d' Abruzzo Favorites

  • 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

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  • Pescasseroli

    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 page Surrounded by the mountains and plenty of hiking opportunities it was the...

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  • Civitella Alfedena

    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 area with its waterfalls. It took a leisurely 90 mins after we had spent some...

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