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Exploring an enchanted landscape

Hiking in Abruzzo

Exploring an enchanted landscape (Hiking in Abruzzo)

Piani di Pezza, a karst plateau of glacial origin, is part of the Velino-Sirente range.

To the north and south it is bordered by interesting ridges, often exceeding 2,000m in altitude, and is a quiet place well suited to summer and winter sports.

Our journey starts at Capo Pezza, after covering almost the entire plain (about 5km of gravel road).

Then we take the dirt road that soon becomes a path, following the red and white (route 1) signs.

We turn right and here enter a beech grove, where our climb begins. At around 1,800m of altitude, after about an hour’s walk, we take a right on the uphill path (red-white 1A) and continue until we come out of the woods. In front of us, the beautiful scenery of Iaccio di Capo Pezza.

We keep the right-hand path, under the Cimata del Puzzillo cliffs.

The path is slightly uphill. Then the trail climbs in switchbacks as far as the Cimata di Pezza ridge and once we reach it, the horizon opens up across the Puzzillo valley and the Rifugio Vincenzo Sebastiani, which is easy to spot (check for opening times), just below the Costone face. We return by the same route.

This trail is challenging because of the height differences so we should be sure we are fit enough, and turn back if we feel tired.

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