Hiking in Majella, Italy

The Majella Mountains is part of the Italian Apennines and has over 30 peaks over 2000 meter above sea level. Monte Amaro is the tallest with its 2793 meter above sea level.

A large part of the massive is kept as The Majella Nationalpark and the region take good care to make sure to mark hiking paths well. The Majella offers both easy access paths as well as more difficult trails. We will bring you to the parts where you can explore the ravines, ridges and rivers according to your preferences. Here are some possible trails. It all depends on at what level the group can handle and is fit to challenge.

Some trails out of plenty

Bocca di Valle to Pennapiedemonte

One trail goes from Bocca di Valle over the ridge to Pennepiedemonte. Nice shorter path. Under 3 miles (4,5 km)

The trail to the waterfall San Giovanni

With a start at Bocca di Valle, this trail is leading to the San Giovanni Waterfall (located at 1,183m over the Adriatic). The climb is along the stream, cross some tree woodland and finally reaches the waterfall. The waterfall consists of two falls of 35 and 15 m respectively.  The hike will take 3-4 hours.

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Fara San Martino

This is not a regular hike. First of all it it is an event that gathers up to 5000 participants. Sponsored by the local pasta makers it is a huge fundraiser for the Abruzzo Alpine club. It is a challenge – make no mistake. It is 20 km long and has a climb and decline of +1300 meters in sometimes tough and rocky terrain. Most participants take 7-10 hours to complete. There are four stations along the hike serving different beverages and some biscuits. Bring pack a meal, eat ahead, but you really do not need more than a small water bottle, there are plenty of water stations. For the extreme – there are those that run it. We have met at least one guy who did it in less than 3 hours…

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 Grotto di Cavallone

It lies at an altitude of 1360 meters above the Adriatic and last thing you have to do before entering is taking the 175 steps that are carved out of the mountain. But don´t worry to much – there is a cable cabin driving all the way up to the last steps. Well it is not a cabin it is a “Cestovia”. It make the journey a bit more vivid and exciting. Maybe not for the too easily scared of heights. But it is perfect fine!

The cave is documented the first time in 1666 but is assumed to have been in use earlier by shepherds during the summers. It also became a refuge diring WWII when Germans were defending the Gustav Line and later pushed back and passed the area.

As late as 1987 new parts of the cave was discovered. Today there is guides showing the cave.

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Monte Amaro – the highest point of Majella

The best way to reach the top is by driving up to Passo Lanciano, park and start the 9-10 hours hike facing south.  There are some shelters, called bivacco, for hikers and once you reach Bivacco Fusco the alpine tundra starts.

Due to the variation of nature you should prepare yourself with layers of clothing, wind breaker and sunlotion. You go back the same way. You need to bring waterbottles since last point for refill is before the climb past Monte Cavallo. This peak deserves some facts.

Facts

  • 16,31 miles – 23 kilometers
  • Peak: 2,793 m
  • IBP Index: 185
  • Difficult

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Posts about hiking in Majella

How the colors green effects my brain
(Bocca di Valle - Pennapiedemonte)

Forest hiking - aiming for the waterfall
(Cascata San Giovanni)