Val Maone – Gran Sasso d’Italia

The Grand Sasso massif offers not only demanding climbing routes and challenging tours for alpinists, but also a great number of interesting and varied trails for hikers. One of the massif’s most beautiful valleys, the Val Maone or Valle del Rio Arno, is always worth a visit.

Starting from the little village Pietracamela or the touristic Prato di Tivo, a hike up the valley rewards with stunning views on some of the highest peaks of this mountain range (Corno Piccolo, Pizzo d’Intermesoli, Corno Grande, Pizzo Cefalone etc.). The signposting of the trail is very good and the path not to demanding.

gs100Hiking path, upper valley

You will pass the cascades of the vivacious Rio Arne torrent and follow it for some time under the leaf canopy of old beech trees. The upper part of the valley opens gradually until the path reaches the high plaines of Campo Pericoli. Especially in late spring and early summer these meadows are strewn with many-colored flowers.

gs101Colors of the Val Maone

From here, various hiking trails of different difficulty levels lead to the cols Sella dei Grilli (2,220m) and Sella di Monte Aquila (2,335m), from were you may also reach the above mentioned peaks, or the picturesquely situated mountain hut Rifugio Duca degli Abruzzi.

gs099View on Corno Piccolo from halfway up the valley

Map of the valley, hiking trail
Map of the valley, hiking trail