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The Salinello springs

Hiking in Abruzzo

The Salinello springs (Hiking in Abruzzo)

From the village of Ripe di Civitella (Ripe Alta district, SP53), near the small church of San Pietro, we take the road towards Grotta Sant’Angelo and come to a car park. Here we take the direction of the Salinello gorges (Park trail 412) and further ahead we will find a ramp that leads to the Grotta Sant’Angelo hermitage.

We trace our steps back to the main trail, as far as the new junction (Vroga delle Trocche).

Here we leave the path, which continues to Castel Manfrino, and we proceed downhill along the old yellow-red path markers.

A small, unmarked path to the left takes us to the base of the spectacular waterfall known locally as Lu Cacchèma (cauldron).

Back on the main path, we reach the base of a boulder a few metres from the river and we continue on the flat. Crossing a stretch of woods, our trail enters the most spectacular part of the gorge, with small waterfalls, proceeds upwards with two bends, and continues across a gravel slope.

The yellow-red markings on the right indicate the alternative but more difficult route for the hermitage of Santa Maria Scalena.

A downhill path leads to a crossing that is usually inaccessible from autumn to spring (500m long with a 100m descent).

Our itinerary ends when the trail turns away from the river towards Castel Manfrino (a more challenging Il Salinello dalla cascata. The Salinello from the waterfall. itinerary). To return, we follow the same path back.

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