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On the crest of Mount Padiglione

Hiking in Abruzzo

On the crest of Mount Padiglione (Hiking in Abruzzo)

The suggested trail starts in the upper part of Verrecchie (Cappadocia), near the ancient church of Sant’Egidio, in the street of the same name.

The church was originally Cistercian, built in 1187.

It is advisable to park in the central square, Piazza dell’Aia, and then walk to the start of the trail, at the left turnoff (south, red-and-white signs), near a water intake (church on our right).

After a few metres the trail bears right while we continue straight on for 100m, where we find the remains of the Rocca di Monte a Corte fortress (1239), built by Frederick II.

If we follow the track we reach the pass overlooking the Valle della Dogana and we are half way along our itinerary.

From here we can follow the ridge up as far as the peak and take in the magnificent view, admiring the major mountain ranges of Central Italy.

Mount Padiglione is an SCI (Site of Community Interest), set up by the EU in February 2001 on this area of the Ernici Carseolani mountains.

The site is particularly interesting as we find in residence the vulture, flanking the colony on nearby Mount Arunzo (Petrella di Cappadocia), wolves and most of Abruzzo’s protected fauna and flora.

The route is also part of a long religious trail that leads to Vallepietra’s SS Trinità sanctuary, in nearby Lazio. We return retracing our steps along the same path.

Unspoiled landscapes for all strides

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