Lago Vivo, in the heart of the Park - Wildlife Adventures
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Lago Vivo, in the heart of the Park

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7 h
Availability : From April to December
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 15

The valley of Lake Vivo, framed by the magnificent rocky amphitheaters of Mount Petroso and Mount Altare, adds some geological elements to the typically naturalistic features.


The trail going up to Lago Vivo is one of the most popular in the Park’s territory. With this itinerary you reach one of the two natural lake basins in the protected area in a short time, and to come into contact with a truly fascinating environment.


Moderate The hike has no technical difficulties, it takes place on mountain trails in wooded areas and meadows with climbs and descents of the average slope. Hike in the mountains, that all healthy people can deal with.

Elevation gain

500 m up and down


12 km roundtrip


What is included

  • Guide and organization

What is escluded

  • Any transports
  • Snack and personal expenses

Day 1Lago Vivo, in the heart of the Park

Meeting with our guide 9 am in our offices at Largo Molinari. Short transfer by car to the starting point. In the fascinating Valle dell’Inferno beech forest we will have the chance to observe the rare Lobel’s maple. Climbing, the highest edge of the forest is suddenly interrupted and there are some meadowy valleys surrounded by the highest tops of Abruzzo National Park. The lake reaches the highest level when the snow melts. The name Lago Vivo (living lake) is caused by the continous change of its size depending on seasons and weather conditions. We will have the chance to encounter grazing deers and to observe the flight of golden eagle. Along the path we will see some of the most impressive beech trees and maples of Abruzzo National Park. Then packed lunch and in the afternoon return to the village, with the opportunity to taste and buy local products.

  • Rare wild flowers & orchids of Central Apennines
  • Possibility to spot deers, chamois and golden eagle
  • A stunning view on the fortified village of Barrea
What to bring

We reccomend you to dress in layers. Hiking boots, jacket with waterproof and windproof cap, backpack, water bottle, leggings, sunglasses, long pants and sun protection cream.

How to reach us

Pescasseroli is the most important village of Abruzzo National Park, the oldest Italian protected area; it has guaranteed a life in harmony with nature for almost a century. You can easily reach it by car through three access points. FROM ROME (Highway A24 Rome – L’Aquila): from Rome highway A24 until Pescina exit, proceed on SR83 or on SP17 until Pescasseroli. FROM PESCARA (Highway A25 Roma – Pescara): from Pescara highway A25 until Pescina exit, go on towards SR83 or towards SP17 until Pescasseroli. FROM NAPLES (Highway A1 Naples – Rome): from Naples highway A1 until Caianello exit, enter SS85 towards Venafro and then proceed on SR83 until Pescasseroli.

You can arrive by bus thanks to daily connections from Castel di Sangro and Avezzano. Check the timetable on the the website Connections by train are only until Avezzano station. For those who come from Rome it is possible to check the timetable of Prontobus company that connects Roma and Ciampino airports to Abruzzo.