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Walking in the ancient karst landscape

Hiking in Abruzzo

Walking in the ancient karst landscape (Hiking in Abruzzo)

Piani di Cascina, a preferred destination for nature lovers, is a karst plateau about 8km long and 4km wide, at just over 1,000m, along the northern slopes of the Mount Calvo and Mount Giano group.

It is rich in springs, fountains and sinkholes, surrounded by a natural amphitheatre set in woodlands, which offers hiking, horse-riding and mountain biking. The area has always been used for grazing and growing pulses and potatoes.

Worthy of note, the church of Maria SS della Natività, found on a lane in the picturesque village of Termine.

Our route begins near Case Recchietti, at the signpost for Fonte Calabrittu, where we follow the gravel road south west for about 1.3km, as far as the woods.

Here the shape of the karst plateau is very clear.

At about 1,200 m, there is a junction on the right and we should pass that to take the nearby gravel road on the left.

We proceed uphill, in a zigzag path, surrounded by woods of beech, hazelnut, hornbeam, maple, and flowering ash, for about 900m.

At the end of the trail, on the right, we find Fonte Calabrittu, the destination of our hike. This fountain was once used as a watering place for animals.

Its singular location allows us to observe the fascinating landscape of Piani di Cascina, with the mountain amphitheatre formed by the Cagno and Gabbia mountains.

We can return along the same route.

Unspoiled landscapes for all strides

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