Walking in Abruzzo

Gran Sasso, Maiella and Abruzzo National Parks, and Sirente-Velino Regional Park

By Stuart Haines

Available 15 January 2019

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Guidebook for walking in Abruzzo, a wild region of Italy incorporating the Abruzzo, Maiella, and Gran Sasso national parks and the Sirente-Velino regional park. 40 day-walks are described including an ascent of Corno Grande, the highest point in the Apennines of peninsular Italy. The area is easily reached from the airports at Pescara and Rome.



Most routes are accessible from May until October. Summer can be hot but late arriving and snows may extend the season into November. Spring and autumn can be perfect for the lower routes.


Sulmona is central and well located for all parks. L'Aquila is in the north and Castel di Sangro the south.


Walks graded 1 (a straightforward wander that may involve a climb) to 3 (for those comfortable with mountain conditions, exposure and route finding)
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Abruzzo, Maiella, and Gran Sasso national parks and the Sirente-Velino regional park. Corno Grande, the highest point in the Apennines of peninsular Italy.
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15 Jan 2019
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
  • Overview

    The essential guidebook for walking in Abruzzo, a wild and beautiful region of Italy which includes the Maiella and Gran Sasso national parks and Sirente-Velino regional park. 40 walks include the Val di Rose, the Prati di Tivo, and an ascent of Corno Grande, the highest point in the Apennines of peninsular Italy. Walks range from 4km to 25km and there routes for all abilities. Alongside detailed route descriptions and maps there is advice on where to stay, access and parking information to get you to the start, and a useful Italian-English glossary.

    Despite being close to Rome, Abruzzo is one of Italy’s least known and populated regions – a spectacular and harmonious blend of snowy mountains, grassy plains and forested canyons; of hillside olive groves, vineyards and long sandy beaches. Its stunning natural environments are protected in three national parks, one regional park and many smaller reserves. Thousands of years of history are reflected in a multitude of abandoned castles, hilltop villages and ancient farmsteads; religious dedication echoed in splendid abbeys, silent churches and remote hermitages.

  • Contents

    Geological history
    Human history
    Animals and birds
    Plants and flowers
    Food and drink
    Walking in Abruzzo
    When to go
    Getting there
    Getting around
    Places to base yourself
    Daily essentials
    Using this guide
    Advice for the trail
    The Maiella National Park
    Walk 1 Fara San Martino gorge and Val Serviera
    Walk 2 The hermitage of San Bartolomeo di Legio
    Walk 3 Monte Morrone from Passo San Leonardo
    Walk 4 Morrone di Pacentro and Monte Mileto
    Walk 5 The Orfento valley
    Walk 6 Caramanico and the Orfento gorge
    Walk 7 Monte Amaro from Lama Biancha
    Walk 8 Monte Amaro from La Maielletta
    Walk 9 Monte Amaro from Fonte Romana
    Walk 10 The Alento valley above Serramonacesca
    Walk 11 Monte Porrara ridge
    Corno Grande and Campo Imperatore
    Walk 12 Monte Prena and Monte Camicia
    Walk 13 Santo Stefano and Rocca Calascio
    Walk 14 The west summit of Corno Grande
    Walk 15 The east summit of Corno Grande
    Walk 16 Campo Pericoli and Pizzo Cefalone
    Walk 17 Monte Bolza ridge
    Walk 18 Pietracamela and Prati di Tivo
    Walk 19 Monte Corvo and the Val Chiarino
    Monti Della Laga
    Walk 20 Monte di Mezzo circuit from Campotosto
    Walk 21 Cima della Laghetta and Monte Gorzano
    The Abruzzo National Park
    Walk 22 Villetta Barrea and Civitella Alfedena
    Walk 23 The Val di Rose
    Walk 24 Monte La Meta and the Mainarde crest
    Walk 25 La Terratta
    Walk 26 The Scanno town and lake loop
    Walk 27 Serra del Campitello and Monte Godi
    Walk 28 Monte Marsicano
    Walk 29 Colli Alti and Bassi from Pescasseroli
    Sulmona Valley and Monte Genzana
    Walk 30 Anversa degli Abruzzi and Castrovalva
    Walk 31 Monte Mattone from Pettorano sul Gizio
    Walk 32 Monte Genzana from Pettorano sul Gizio
    Walk 33 A tour of the Valle del Gizio
    The Sirente-Velino Regional Park
    Walk 34 Monte Sirente
    Walk 35 The Celano gorge via Fonte degli Innamorati
    Walk 36 Monte Velino
    Walk 37 Monte Ocre
    Walk 38 Fontecchio and Pagliare di Tione
    Walk 39 The Navelli plain
    The Simbruini Regional Park
    Walk 40 Monte Viglio

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Further access information
    Appendix C Italian–English glossary
    Appendix D Useful contacts

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Stuart Haines

Stuart Haines is a walker, mountain lover, guidebook writer, project manager and occasional viticulturalist. His explorations of the remoter corners of central Italy began in 2004, following many years of climbing and adventuring in the Alps, North America and his native UK. Since 2007 he has been based between Bristol, England, and Casa La Rocca, the country house in the heart of Abruzzo that he renovated with his partner, Hil.

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