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The Verde Falls: the highest in the Apennines

Hiking in Abruzzo

The Verde Falls: the highest in the Apennines (Hiking in Abruzzo)

The Rio Verde river springs are found in the district known as Quarto, between Abruzzo and Molise. After a short distance the Verde joins the Sangro at a striking height difference (400m), creating spectacular waterfalls, comprising three consecutive tiers of 200m.

The waterfalls are of great scientific importance for their position and microclimate, in addition to being the highest in the Apennines.

The area is cloaked in lush Mediterranean vegetation, and is mountainous in the cooler areas, with mighty rock bastions and steep cliffs. The river waters are rich in insects and attract various birds, including the white-throated dipper and the grey wagtail.

There are also crabs and crayfish, brown trout, several species of frog, and birds of prey like the common buzzard, sparrowhawk, red kite, and peregrine falcon.

When we reach the entrance to the Cascate del Rio Verde regional natural reserve, we start the nature trail that will take us straight into the heart of the WWF Oasis.

After first 100m, at the fork keep to the left and enjoy the shade of maples, oaks, downy oak and silver fir.

Further on, the path opens onto the waterfalls and to reach the most impressive vantage point (first and second tier) we can take a set of about 200 steps.

To return to our start point (about 400m), there is a second section of trail that leads to the River Verde, with a picnic area and observatory, a panoramic terrace with stunning views over the Sangro Valley.

Unspoiled landscapes for all strides

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