Over 30 routes, this guide covers all the wonderful walking country to be found in Abruzzo, one of the wildest and least populated regions of Italy. The area is easily reached from the airport at Pescara, and the full- and half-day routes are graded to suit all walkers. About a third are easy going - a half day generally, most however are long walks and mountain treks for those who enjoy a full day out. Routes are illustrated with clear colour sketch maps and give detailed information about how to reach the more remote start points. Abruzzo is one of the wildest and least populated regions of Italy, with 26 peaks over 2000m. The routes visit ten of the region's 16 highest summits, including the three highest points of the Apennines. This beautiful natural environment is maintained to a remarkable extent in the region's three national parks - Abruzzo, Maiella, and Gran Sasso, the Sirente-Velino regional park and many smaller reserves.
Stuart Haines explored Europe's mountains for many years before settling in the Apennines of central Italy, where Abruzzo became his playground and inspiration. There he indulged his passions of walking and exploring. Now a resident of both Bristol in the UK and Sulmona in Italy, he runs a walking holidays business in Abruzzo and loves to help people explore this wonderful place.
Introduction Abruzzo Geological history Human history Wildlife Food and drink Walking in Abruzzo When to go Getting there Getting around Places to base yourself Daily essentials Maps Using this guide Advice for the trail The Maiella National Park 1 Fara San Martino Gorge and Val Serviera 2 The Hermitage of San Bartolomeo di Legio 3 Monte Morrone from Passo San Leonardo 4 The Orfento Valley 5 Caramanico and the Orfento Gorge 6 Monte Amaro from Lama Biancha 7 Monte Amaro from La Maielletta 8 Monte Porrara Ridge The Gran Sasso National Park 9 Monte Prena and Monte Camicia 10 Santo Stefano and Rocca Calascio 11 The West Peak of Corno Grande 12 Monte Bolza Ridge 13 Pietracamela and Prati di Tivo 14 Monte Corvo and the Val Chiarino 15 Monte di Mezzo Circuit from Campotosto The Abruzzo National Park 16 Villetta Barrea and Civitella Alfedena 17 The Val di Rose 18 Anversa degli Abruzzi and Castrovalva 19 La Terrata 20 The Scanno Town and Lake Loop 21 Monte Marsicano 22 Pescasseroli and Opi Circuit 23 Monte Mattone from Pettorano sul Gizio 24 Monte Genzana 25 A Tour of the Valle del Gizio The Sirente-Velino Regional Park 26 Monte Sirente 27 The Celano Gorge via Fonte degli Innamorati 28 Monte Velino 29 Fontecchio and Pagliare di Tione 30 The Navelli Plain Appendix A Route summary table Appendix B Further access information Appendix C Italian-English glossary Appendix D Useful contacts and further information