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Monte Amaro, movements at high altitude

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7 h
Availability : April / November
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 15

Bears and wolves are not the only wonders characterising the fauna of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park. There is another wonderful creature, which is considered one of the rarest animal species in Italy. We are talking about the Apennine chamois, “glacial relic” which almost miraculously survived its extinction. Nowadays, the ridges of Opi’s Monte Amaro, Monte Meta and Monte Marsicano offer the possibility to enjoy breath-taking views, to observe the Apennine chamois in the wild and the movements of the golden eagle. This trip may be “mandatory” for nature and photography enthusiasts visiting the Park!

Detail

In the early 1900s, in this area, which later became the Abruzzo National Park, just over 30 specimens survived, a number too low to guarantee the survival of the species. One hundred years later, we can share one of the most beautiful stories in the history of Italian nature conservation.

Difficult

Moderate The hike has no technical difficulties but it takes place on mountain trails in wooded areas and meadows with climbs and descents of average slop.

Elevation gain

750 m up and down

Length

8 km roundtrip

Costs

What is included

  • Guide and organization

What is escluded

  • Any transports
  • Snack and personal expenses
Itinerary

Day 1Monte Amaro, movements at high altitude

Meeting with our guide in our offices at Largo Molinari. Short transfer by car to the starting point. A easy walk led us along the Fondillo river, where it’s possible to see different bloom. We will cross the river and the path will lead us to the habitat of Apennine chamois until the peak of Monte Amaro. Packed lunch and first evening return to the valley.

Highlights
  • Hikes between immense beech forests and wonderful views on Cacciagrande valley
  • The possibility to spot the Apennine Chamois, the most beautiful chamois in the world
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 www.tuabruzzo.it. 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.

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