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Sagittario Gorge: discover the nature reserve of Abruzzo

A heavenly spectacle
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Answer this question: are you already familiar with the Sagittarius Gorge?

If the answer is "No" then we strongly recommend that you read this article.

There are many interesting things in here to discover.

Whereas, if the answer is "Yes."

Well, we still recommend you to read it 🙂 🙂

Maybe you can learn about new information that you completely ignore now.

So what do you say, are you interested?

First, let us first introduce the topic and see what we are going to talk about in this article.

Here we will guide you to discover one of Abruzzo's most fascinating natural treasures.

More specifically, we will discuss the following topics:

  • Where the Sagittarius Gorge is located;
  • The scenic beauty of the Sagittarius Gorge;
  • Flora and fauna of the nature reserve;
  • What can you do in the Sagittarius Gorge?
  • Trails to explore at Sagittarius Gorge;
  • Conservation and protection of the Sagittarius Gorge;
  • How to reach the Sagittarius Gorge;
  • Best times to visit the reserve.

So, if you are a nature lover and want to spend unforgettable moments in contact with wild beauty, you absolutely cannot miss this opportunity!

So, having arrived at this point we wish you good reading 😉

Where the Sagittarius Gorge is located.


Where exactly are the Sagittarius Gorge located?

This wonderful nature reserve is located right in the heart of the Abruzzo mountains.

In fact, to be more precise, in the northern part of Abruzzo, right in the middle of the Majella National Park.

But quietǝ, if you are wondering how to get there keep reading because we will see shortly.

Now we want to focus more on... 👇

The scenic beauty of the Sagittarius Gorge

Well, one thing needs to be said here:

The Sagittarius Gorge is a sight for sore eyes!

It covers about 400 hectares, consequently, it really offers a lot of beauty to explore.

This fascinating canyon was carved over the millennia by the Sagittarius River, which shaped, over time, the beautiful landscape we all know today.

In fact, it was he who created this series of narrow gorges and waterfalls that plunge into the lush vegetation.

You can therefore guess where his name came from....

But it is not only this that characterizes the environment.

Majella's majestic peaks also form the backdrop to this breathtaking landscape, providing unforgettable views for visitors.

A sight to immortalize and use as the background of one's cell phone!

Flora and fauna of the nature reserve

The Sagittarius Gorge is a true oasis for nature dwellers.

The reason?

Its dense vegetation!

Not surprisingly, the flora here is very diverse and includes oak, beech, and chestnut forests, along with a wide range of plants that thrive thanks to the favorable climate.

Regarding fauna, however, the reserve is home to several species of birds, and among them we can find kestrels and golden eagles.

While, as far as mammals are concerned, we can mention the Abruzzi chamois, the Apennine wolf, the porcupine and the ever-present bear.

In short.

Discovering this wealth of wild life is an unforgettable experience for nature lovers.

What can you do in the Sagittarius Gorge?

The nature reserve offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages and interests.

Among the most popular hikes are scenic trails that lead through gorges, allowing close-up views of waterfalls and rock formations.

For birdwatchers, there are numerous observation points to spot the birds that inhabit the area.

While, those who enjoy trekking will be able to hike the trails leading to the Majella peaks, enjoying breathtaking views along the way.

Trails to explore at Sagittarius Gorge

This reserve features many trails that are definitely worth exploring either solo or in the company of loved ones.

But before you go to find out about them imagine this:

Think of your children's happy faces when you see them completely immersed in nature with the sweet song of birds in the background.

Or while they are playing tag in the trees and you will be there filming them with your cell phone....

In fact, try to imagine how good you will feel when you are there with your family.

That would be great, wouldn't it?

Well, the answer seems almost obvious so now let them present 👇

One of the most fascinating routes to immerse yourself in this magical environment is Geological Trail No. 18.

An enchanting loop of about 7.5 km that will take you to discover enchanted places, villages and views you have never seen before.

It starts from Cavuto and continues to Castrovalva, following the course of Sagittarius Creek and providing glimpses of high cliffs.

A well-marked and not particularly challenging trail that will take you through oak forests, bridges, caves and waterfalls.

Along the way you will also have the opportunity to see places that enchanted and inspired the Dutch artist Escher.

In fact, you can also discover the village immortalized in one of the artist's lithographs in 1929: Castrovalva.

Finally, if you are looking for a more challenging experience another trail you could take is the one that starts from Villalago and leads to Anversa degli Abruzzi.

A more than four-hour trek that offers spectacular views and a deep dive into the Sagittarius Gorge.

Conservation and protection of the Sagittarius Gorge

Preserving the environment of the Sagittarius Gorge is an important responsibility that we should all pay attention to.

Now it is known that we cannot always find visitors who respect nature, but fortunately, appropriate precautions have already been taken.

This is, more than anything else, to keep its eternal beauty intact.

In fact, the reserve is subject to protection measures to ensure that its precious flora and fauna are safe.

But we always make a point of reminding our visitors that it is important to respect the rules of the park.

And this is to avoid disturbing the animals and leave as little impact on the surrounding environment as possible.

Also, before moving on, keep in mind that protecting this area is essential so that future generations can appreciate its beauty.

So take care when you come to us.

We are watching you 😉

How to get to the Sagittarius Gorge

The Sagittarius Gorge is easily accessible by both car and bus.

If you are coming from outside the region, you can take a train to Sulmona station and from there continue the journey by bus or rent a car.

If, however, you prefer to travel by car, you can follow the road signs to the entrance of the reserve.


Be sure to plan your trip in advance to best enjoy this wonderful experience.

Best times to visit the reserve

But what are the best times in which to organize a small trip to the reserve?

In fact, the Sagittarius Gorge can be visited throughout the year.

What to consider, however, is that seasons offer different experiences, so this choice should be made according to your personal tastes.

Spring is ideal for admiring nature in its most "bountiful" form and watching animals as they awaken after winter. 

On the other hand,summer is perfect for longer hikes and cooling off in the river waters.

Autumn, on the other hand, with its warm colors creates a magical atmosphere that you can capture with your camera and perhaps create a beautiful picture to hang in your home.

Finally,winter being quieter brings a quietness that is nothing short of surreal and, most importantly, the opportunity to ski in nearby Majella.


So what do you say, are you readyǝ to discover the magic of the Sagittarius Gorge?

Contact us today for more information.

We will give you all the tips you need to better plan your next trip.



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