Very diverse hike tour over wooden bridges, underneath overhanging rocks, following river Orfento.
This nice tour begins on the car bridge over river Orfento. You can have a first view into the romantic gorge. Taking some steps and turns, you can reach the river on the ground of the gorge. Now we follow the track of the river. Approx. in the middle of the tour we leave the main track and tend some meters to the left, reaching "Grotta di Cantrella". Afterwards we continue the river track to the turn point of the tour, the bridge "Ponte dell Vallone". From here we take the same way back to the starting point of the tour.
On the car ride back to Pescara, take the alternative way via Salle and Tocco da Casauria. Pay attention to the road partly in bad condition - and the many, many curves and turns... You will receive the following rewards: Shortly before Salle, there's the church of San Tommaso, famouse for its 12 apostles build in stone on top of the main entrance portal. Afterwards, in Tocco, you have wide views into Abruzzo mountains and towards the sea in the direction of Pescara. And in Tocco, don't miss to go for an ice cream at "Un tocco di gelato" (near school building in the city centre) - it tastes "incredibilmente buono" :-)
Walking shoes are recommended - parts of the route are going across scree.
Sufficient amount of beverages - especially in summer times.
If you're looking for another parking place, that can be found in the city of Caramanico Terme. From here there is an alternative way into the ground of the gorge.
Coming from Pescara on motorway A25, leave it on exit "Scafa" and follow the way via San Valentino to Caramanico Terme.
Parking free of charge located on the right hand side before the Orfento car bridge - still before the city entrance of Caramanico Terme.