Queen Of The Morrone
of an excursion to the "hill of the cows", to Pratola, in this beautiful angle of the National Park of the Maiella Morrone escorted by a stupendous sample of
Abruzzese Shepherd dog.
23 March we have decided to effect this excursion. The departure has happened from Pratola.
To climb we have chosen to follow the poles that bring to the
shelter of the hill of the cows , a road some heavy for the one that is not trained but that
can be replaced by the easiest path set to the right and that salt crossing the wood set under the hill of the cows. During the excursion there was no anybody, then after a few minutes we have met the friend Tiberio great expert of these
In the photo aloft Cleopatra on the Morrone Mountain.
In the background the Hill of the cows and the snowy tops of the
|While we were climbing and we observed the tallest tops the thought it went to the friend Adelio
Di Giannantonio companion of so many excursions and victim of a serious accident on those peaks.
In the photo to the right Cleopatra and on
the background the Peligna valley (it is seen the fraction Bagnaturo).
an instant of relax before continuing the
| To calm the thirst is
better a glass of snow and Cleopatra has immediately taken advantage of it.
A curiosity: during the excursion we have arrived to the wood in a point in which an avalanche was fallen (well visible in the photo to the right) that had shorn a vast portion of wood. Cleopatra, that
had always been attached up to that moment to a meter from me, has jammed and there has been no verse to make to continue
her. After being brings me on the place of the avalanche and done some photos I am due to return back since Cleopatra didn't want to pass in that point and we has had to vary the run. The day later I have known that in that point it was fallen other
|The ascent is ended and Pratola appears
|Cleopatra observes fair the
|A stupendous photo realized near the shelter of the Hill of the cows. Cleopatra observes
the Peligna valley is surrounded by the parks: on the left we see the National park of Abruzzo before the
Velino Sirente and on the right the Mountainous chain of the Gran Sasso.
Hoping that you are liked the page I give you appointment to the next
Excursion to the Hill of the Cows.
The itinerary: Departure from Pratola
The base of departure has fixed from the beginning of the road excavated that it brings to the hill of the cows set near the fraction Bagnaturo to around 500m slms. The place of departure is set near an old it extracts.
You can be climbed following the poles that bring the telephone to the shelter along a gully or passing for the most comfortable path set to the right of the poles on the other side of the
gully. The path of the poles is enough steep and to arrive it need around 1h and 30'. If
We passes for the path that crosses the wood under the hill of the cows the slope it is very easier and after an easy walk of about 2 hours
we reaches the shelter. Currently the shelter is closed unfortunately for restructuring but a room with a fireplace
has always opened and it is usable from the excursionists. There are also some tables to eat but it almost always misses the firewood that however
can be recovered in the near woods. It is however always better leaving the shelter with some firewood
useful in case of necessity.
Pratola is found in the center of the Abruzzo, it belongs to the National
park of the MAIELLA and it is set among the principal parks of
To reach Pratola from Rome is necessary to take the highway A25
Pescara-Roma and to go out to the motorway release of Pratola Peligna.