The trip to the castle can be done easily in one afternoon. Head out the town and follow the green nature trail signs up. At one point the path splits - take the right hand path and keep going up. Its a well troden and signed path so you wont have too much trouble.The castle itself is now a ruin but offers views over the town.I took a circular...more
So, once you've dodged the bears (!) Go to the end of the meadows to the far left end (the end opposite the road) the exit can be a bit muddy.Take the gravel path to the fence around the fields to a big barn. Just before this burn turn right on to a track then take another right in to Pescaseerolimore
Although there is not a great deal to do in Opi, it is worth climbing to the top for some great views.I took the stairs back down again but rather than turn right, back the way I came, took a left. Stopping in a great little bar at the junction for a very welcome bottle of water!Facing the bar, take the road on the right, as the road bends you take...more
Head to the centre of town then down Via Pave. Cross the bridge and follow the road past Club Primula. The road then becomes a gravel track (which doesn't stop the locals travelling down it on mopeds!). The path splits off to the right. Keep to the left hand side of the meadow. Keep on this path until you reach the roadFollow the road for a short...more
This church is more tucked away at the back of the old town - look for a map at the beginning of the road of the Churches for its location.This church was founded in 1729 and is baroque in style. The church contains a sculpture of the carmel virgin which is paraded around the town on its festival days which occur on the 15 and 16th July.more
Right at the back on the old town, just by the main road in the direction of Avezzano and Rome is this lovely old bear fountain - sadly no longer in working order. There's also a smaller lions head one on the left hand side. Above on the rock is a crucifix and inscription of the origins of the National Park of Abruzzo. It just stood out so clearly...more
The zoo is mainly a scantuary for the wildlife that cannot survive in the wild - for example the two female bears nearly blind.However the zoo does have another inmate..... apparently this big male bear became human friendly and discovered the taste for peanut butter sarnies. He was captured several times in the villages of the park and released in...more
The parish church in Pescasseroli is called the " SS. Pietro e Paolo" and is cited in historical documents dating back to 1115. It stands on an earlier monastic cell belonging to the benedictine monastery fortress of S Angelo di Bareggio.Both the gothic front portal and the basilica interior with its nave and two aisles preserves the original...more
This is the birthplace and home of the maternal grandfather of the philospher, historian and literary critic Benedetto Croce (1866-1955). A large but elegant 19th century Palace - it can be found in the old town in the square of the same name - Piazza B Croce. It was his belief that the name of Pescassdroli derived from "pesculum ad sarolum",...more
There are tables inside or outside where you can watch rural italin life at leisure.Whilst here a wedding car procession provided us with entertainment. Our favourite was the roast pork sandwiches -nice and crispy in warm crusty bread. It was a change from pizza. We were eating these when the bride and groom were riding around the town on a...more
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. The old gent who looks...more
This is not a place to come to if you want nightlife. Ususally after a long walk and large meal you want to curl up in bed!
But, if you do find a bit of energy do as the locals do, wander round the town and stop in a local bar for a coffee or an ice cream
A local bus service does operate from Pescasseroli to 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. There is only 1 Taxi in Pescasseroli too!For some of the walks we...more
Most of the roads and paths which pass through the protected areas are closed to traffic. Cars can only be used to arrive at the entry points of the Park, and to travel from one centre to another: excursions, walks and visits which involve contact with nature can only be carried out on foot or, for certain authorised trails, on horseback, by mule...more
Pescasseroli is equi-distant from Rome and Naples - about 160 km away. From the north take highway A24 ( Rome - l' Aquila - Pescara) get off at Celano or Pescina and continue to Bisegna. From the south take highway A1 Naples - Rome and take exit Caianello and continue to Venafro.more
Some of the best goodies can be found in one of the supermarkets in the town.
All are quite small compared to English standards but are full of good, fresh produce
What to buy: Fill up your used water bottles with red wine for a Euro.
Pick up some authentic olive oil, cheese or meats at a fraction of the price back home!
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...more
The Local dress may look as if the local women are in mourning, but thre is a little story to this. The old costumes of Pescasseroli were quite grand and colourful, however back in 1846 whilst going to Ischia for thermal treatments the women became the objects of unwanted attention in Naples. They sought refuge in the neighbouring island of Procida...more
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You will need a decent rucksack if you intend to do much walking here and preferably one with air flow at the back as it can get hot.Make sure you have plastic bags also to put any maps and valuables in just in case you get caught in a down pour. Even in a rucksack things can get very damp Decent boots are a must.As you are in the mountains, the...more
Rucksack for picnic lunch and water bottles Good hiking shoes or trainers for lower pathsRain wear if you are in the hills about 3pm when it thunders! Sun block and hat Plenty of memory cards for the digital :-))(I have my reputation to think of ;-) ) Invest in a map indicating the trails in the area and the time needed. We were given one by...more
Its easy to get off the beaten path is Pescasseroli - just any of the footpaths out of town.Try get a map from the Tourist Infomation centre in the town and plan a few routes.A paticular favourite route was along paths B1, R6 and B2 a hard slog at times but just look at that view!more
In this section I'd like to take you on a virtual journey up to the evocative ruins of Castel Mancino with their great views over Pescasseroli.....To reach the ruins stand as if coming out of the town hall - the Municipio - in the town centre turn left and half left again towards the Pensione al Castello. Take the road between the pensione and the...more
We carried on following the red spots, crossing the road a couple more times and into a zig-zagging path up through the trees - this was rather steep in places but only lasted for about 20 -30 mins. As we reached the crest of the ridge we came to a plateau and there was the sanctuary on our left - a welcome sight indeed!more
Thank goodness for the meadow - make sure you have good hiking shoes for that stony path! Follow the track across the meadow, when the path bends to the left and look out for the red markings going up ahead tothe beech forest.Here you may see a stone with A C3 marking and the end of D4 path - this could be taken on the return journey back to...more
The hike to the Sanctuary was accompanied by our faithful guide - see local customs tip! The local women brought stones up this path to build this sanctuary as thanks to the Madonna for protection during the war. During the war a gun had been placed up here for attacks and if the villages made trouble or aided the resistance then the gun would have...more
The newer part of town - across the main square toward the river is more residential.The roads are wider but still has washing hanging out by the roadside! Guess they don't have much traffic. On Wednesday mornings these streets are taken over by the weekly market - we had a brief glimpse before going on a hiking trip - the usual italian goods were...more