L'itinerario ha inizio dallo splendido borgo di Villavallelonga a 1005 metri d'altezza, nel cuore del Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo Lazio e Molise. Da piazza largo Fontana, nei pressi del municipio, ci si tiene a destra per imboccare via Canale in direzione sud; dopo 100 metri, si gira a destra e si raggiunge l’ingresso del Museo dell'Orso che merita senz’altro una visita.
Guided Nature Reserve of the Sagittario Gorges
The gorges of Sagittario are a typical river valley: for millions of years, the river has attacked, dug, eroded the rock, to form the current gorge, bounded by vertical rock walls. The scenario is truly extraordinary. D'Annunzio also describes the erosive power of Sagittarius in the drama "La fiaccola sotto il moggio". The whole area is part of the homonymous reserve, founded in 1991, covering about 450 hectares. Along the valley, there are thickets of willows and poplars, while Higher is the kingdom of beech-woods. The fauna is very rich. We find the wolf, the wild cat, the deer, the roe and also the bear. It is not rare to admire the flight of the golden eagle and the beaten of the peregrine falcon in the gorges. There are many species of birds: the beautiful woodpecker, the chough, the mountain swallows, the solitary sparrows and the coxirins. There are many paths created by the WWF that, going along the most evocative of the gorges, go back up to Castrovalva, a village perched on the rock. Furthermore, in the "Sorgenti di Cavuto" area, there is a visitor center museum and a botanical garden.
The oasis is open all year. Guided tours every day in July and August. Groups and school classes every day, all year round by reservation. The visit takes place in the Botanical Garden at the Sorgenti di Cavuto. The plants that characterize the Reserve and the vegetation of the springs are observed. On request you can make excursions along the paths of the Reserve with a guide. It is also possible to make a visit to the bird ringing station.