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Val Fondillo - Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise

Vicino alle montagne, spianato sotto i passi il suolo risuona, ti dice: la Terra e' un tamburo Pensaci!
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Joseph Bruchac (Indiano Navajo)

The bastion of the Park

The Monte Marsicano:

This is an excursion you will never forget!

 

 

The ascent to Mount Marsicano is a recurring event for the inhabitants of Opi who, every year in August, climbing in mass to the summit——crowned by a glowing cross.

Thanks to their exposure, the slopes of Mount Marsicano have been for centuries the cradle of pre-Roman and Samnite settlements. They host the ruins of the legendary city of Fresilia, of some fountains dedicated to ancient deities (Jupiter, Vertumnus), and of the early settlements of Opi’s villagers. More recently, until the middle of the last century, they provided domestic livelihood for Opi’s villagers, thanks to the presence of dozens of huts that housed small stable sheep herds and allowed for acorn harvesting to feed domestic pigs. The ascent can be done through different paths, along the footsteps of the transhumant shepherds which established the pasture at high altitudes during the summer——using the three pens still present. The gentian is unquestionably the queen of the flora that adorns the mountain. At the peak, the sight sweeps across the whole central Apennines. Herds of deer and chamois vie for the immense pastures. The golden eagle lives on the cliffs that unfold from the summit to the valley for hundreds of meters. The brown bear takes refuge in the valley below named “Orsara”. The hike reaches the height of 2240 meters s.l.m., taking 4 hours for climbing up and 4 hors for descending.

DIFFICULTY: High

TOTAL ASCENT: 1250 m

AGE: 12 +

DEPARTURE: h 7:00

RETURN: h 17.00

COST: € 15.00 per person - Minimum number of participants: 8

 

 

 

 

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  • Indirizzo: S.S. 83 Marsicana km.52 - 67030 Opi (AQ)
  • Tel: +(39) 331.9727262
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