Today we go trekking: six paths you can venture

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Leisure, pure air, spirit of adventure and the desire to discover corners of “Terre dei trabocchi” often unexplored, or at least not well known.

Do you like this program? Then you have to spend a day going trekking, surrounded by nature, through villages and views of Abruzzo full of charm and appeal, or in the silence of the mountains. A challenge with yourself, with your friends and the surrounding environment.

We have selected six different routes, chosen among those reported by www.leterredeitrabocchi.it/outdoor, where you will find detailed descriptions, technical data, maps and GPS locations.

 

 – THE WAY OF SAINT THOMAS THE APOSTLE: FROM LANCIANO TO ORTONA

An itinerary that cross two of the main city of “Terre dei Trabocchi”, Lanciano and Ortona, which runs through the stages of the Way of St. Thomas the Apostle. Through charming villages and attractive rural scenery, retracing the Way of the Apostle Thomas, whose sacred remains are preserved since 1258 in the Cathedral of Ortona. The journey along about 26 km (medium difficulty, journey time about five hours), is recognizable thanks to wooden post along the way. Interesting the way down the ‘Tratturello’, a path of prehistoric origin, used by shepherds for the passage of cattle during transhumance, to transfer every season the flocks  of sheeps from one pasture to another.

 – DIDACTIC ITINERARY IN RESERVE “LECCETA OF TORINO DI SANGRO 

You will enter into one of the most pristine natural reserves of Abruzzo, to discover its colors, smells, flora and fauna. With a little patience and luck you may even meet the shy tortoise species Testudo hermanni, wildlife in the area “House of Herman”, specially dedicated to it. The path follows the route of the old municipal forest roads. From the viewpoint “The Balcony of the Sun” you can embrace with your eyes the most beautiful stretches of coastline, which extend through the overflow on the coast. The itinerary is aimed at promoting a positive culture environment. The route is easy and extends for about two kilometers, with a journey time of an hour and a half.

THE WAY OF WORSHIP: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF POPE CELESTINE v

Ten kilometers challenging, with a difficult path that will engage for about three hours. But the beauty of the area will certainly reward you. The path branches off in the heart of Majella National Park, in the territory of Palena, with the aim of reaching the Hermitage of Our Lady of the Altar (Madonna dell’Altare), one of the places of worship linked to Pope Celestine V. In the place where now stands the Hermitage, sixteenth-century religious complex consists of a church, a town and a roof garden, at the time of Celestine V, there was only a ‘narrow cave carved into the rock.

 

PATHS OF MOUNT SORBO

If to walk for more than six hours, covering almost fifteen kilometers does not scare you, then this is the tour for you. You will venture inland Vasto, between the mount Frentani and the river Treste. This is the largest and best preserved wooded area of all the territory of the High-Vasto. The route starts from Gissi, mountain village that stands betweeh the two tributaries of the river Sinello, and goes through different scenarios, including villages, nature, the archaeological areas, hills and mountains.

THE PATH OF THE BROOM

A walk not to be missed, even if you have to walk about four hours, covering more than 13 km. The route cross the beautiful Regional Natural Reserve Punta Aderci, a dune ecosystem miraculously escaped from the building, where the land meets the sea and the green of nature ’embraces’ the blue waters. A strip of Adriatic sea offers you glimpses of rare beauty, all immersed in the agricultural landscape typical of the Mediterranean.

SOURCES OF SINELLO, MONTE FISCHIETTO AND MONTE CASTEL FRAIANO

 

Through this trek along approximately 18 kilometers (six hours’ walk), you can look up to the “Terre dei Trabocchi”. The route, in fact, across the higher Frentani Mounts and offers breathtaking views. The north-western side of Fischietto Mount (1363 m) is stretched over the Val di Sangro with the mirror of Lake Bomba dominated by the majestic Majella. From the meadows at high altitude you may also encounter wild horses. But you will venture even in the past, to discover the ruins of a fortification of the twelfth century. At the end of course you can relax on the lawns, perhaps after having tasted the food products of the local tradition.

And now you just have to make your choice: sea or mountain, nature or villages, challenging course or easier. In any case … have a good walk!

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