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Piana Voltigno and the Frassati trail

Hiking in Abruzzo

Piana Voltigno and the Frassati trail (Hiking in Abruzzo)

Piana Voltigno is a fascinating plateau of karst origin located on the eastern side of Mount Gran Sasso.

The valley is part of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park but since 1989 it has also been a partner in the Voltigno and Valle D’Angri regional reserve.

The entire plateau boasts endless stunning landscapes, with flora and fauna typical of the Abruzzo Apennines. Woodlands include beech, fir, birch, poplar, yew, maple, and also many species of flowers like gentian, primrose, anemone, orchid, Turk’s cap lily, peony, belladonna.

The area is also a popular habitat for fauna. A significant section of our trail follows the longer route dedicated to the Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati by CAI – Club Alpino Italiano’s Penne project.

The starting point is in the district of Vado Focina (1,383m), the pass preceeding Piana Voltigno.

From here we head towards Fonte Cornacchia, taking the right side of Piana Voltigno, continue to the left as we pass around the largest sinkhole of the entire surrounding karst area. This is the lowest point of the plateau, towards which all waters flow.

Here the trail continues gently uphill as far as Fonte Aciprano (1,452m) where we find Le Pagliare, a refuge run by CAI Penne.

We return to the starting point via the artificial lake and skirting Lake Sfondo (1,361m).

Unspoiled landscapes for all strides

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