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  • Le splendide cascate della Val Canneto

Val Fondillo and Val Canneto, valleys shaped by water

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2 days / 1 night
Availability : May / October
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 8

A beautiful itinerary on the crests, taking us to the border between Abruzzo and Lazio, to the land of shepherds, bandits and pilgrims. From the high Val Fondillo we will touch Valle Tre Confini where the water flow has carved the rocks, leaving spectacular shapes and colours. An overnight stay in a mountain hut will allow us to admire the main peaks of the central Apennines at sunset, in a beautiful spring setting.


The trekking includes a full immersion in nature and an overnight stay in a small, recently renovated bivouac. Along the route we have a magnificent view on the Strict Nature Reserve of Cacciagrande-Valle Jancino, an enchanted place. Here is the only old-growth forest of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park with a constant presence of water, since it is crossed by various streams. Trees of imposing sizes dominate valleys, full of rocks and ravines.


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

850 m up and down


13 km roundtrip


What is included

  • Guide and organization

What is escluded

  • Any transports
  • Snack and personal expenses

Day 1Shepherds, bandits and pilgrims

Arrival to Pescasseroli in the early afternoon, meeting the guides at our headquarters in Largo Molinari. At 15.00 (3PM) transfer by minibus, then start of the excursion at high altitude, crossing Valle Inguagnera. The route winds through wide pastures and terraced fields, used by locals in the past. There is the chance of meeting grazing deer and chamois, and to see the Golden eagle in flight. In the middle of the day we will reach the Valico delle Gravare, to enjoy a magnificent view on Val Fondillo, Val Jancio and the Valle di Cacciagrande, the first core of protected area. In the evening we will get to Rifugio Acquasfranatura and have dinner with local products. Overnight stay.

Day 2Val Canneto, a sanctuary for humans and nature

In the morning we eat breakfast and leave for a new excursion, crossing the woods and springs of Val Fondillo. According to the myth, Callisto resided in this area, the beautiful nymph about which Ovid wrote in his Metamorphoses. Passing the Valico Passaggio dell’Orso we will reach in the Valle dei Tre Confini, where the water flow has carved the rocks, leaving spectacular shapes, colours and waterfalls. In the afternoon we will get to the Sanctuary of Maria Santissima di Canneto, at the slopes of Monte Meta, where the waters of the Melfa river spring. The remains of a temple dedicated to a feminine divinity, discovered during works on the water system, proves the pre-existence in this area of a pagan cult dedicated to the goddess Mefitis, Italic divinity, associated with water and invoked for fertility of the fields and female fertility. In the evening, transfer by minibus to Pescasseroli.

  • Breathtaking landscapes and lush high pastures
  • Possibility to take and dring source water
  • Dinner in a mountain refuge near the fireplace and in a relaxing atmosphere

The Stazzo Acquasfranatara of Val fondillo originates from the recovery of an old pastoral shelter and part of the strategic plan of the widespead shelter in the area of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park. Recentely renovated it offer homely hospitality, caracterized by spacious dining room with a wood-burning stove and a loft that can accomodate 9 people.

What to bring

We reccomend you to dress in layers. Hiking shoes, sun hat, water bottle, backpack, long pants, hat and wool gloves, jacket, light raincoat or poncho, sun protection cream, non smelling mosquito repellent, sleeping bag.

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.