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.
Caves of Pietrasecca Nature Reserve - Carsoli (AQ)
The Natural Reserve of the Caves of Pietrasecca is the first case in Italy of the Special Reserve, established in 1992 specifically to protect the karst phenomena in it. With an area of about 110 hectares, it is located in the area of the Monti Carseolani and in the neighboring ones, in the municipality of Carsoli (AQ). The pride of the Reserve is the karst cave of the Cervo, which can be visited by appointment with the caving guide, and the Grotta dell'Ovito natural sinkhole. The vegetation in the Reserve is closely related to the type of rock and the morphology: on the limestones the vegetation is essentially represented by woods with oak and odorous broom; on the clayey-arenaceous substrates the mesophilous woods of Turkey oak, broom and common bramble predominate.
Since 2009, the Reserve has opened its doors to tourism with the organization of guided tours along the equipped geological path and in the Grotta del Cervo, and to schools, with projects and environmental education activities. The visit is strongly adventurous and suggestive, takes place in the Grotto in its natural state, with a caving guide.
Inside the Grotto, in order to limit the impact of man, it was decided not to introduce permanent artificial lights and tourist walkways.
The great cave of the Cervo, discovered in 1984, has undergone enthusiasm and curiosity for its extraordinary beauty. The entrance leads into a large gallery about 400 meters long, characterized by the presence of extraordinary white concretions of various shapes and structures. It owes its importance to the discovery in its interior of the bones of a deer of notable paleontological interest and of Roman coins of the IV-V century AD and of the XV century. Perhaps due to floods or an earthquake in 1456, the opening had to become obstructed and came to light in 1984 following a study and research on the spot by the Roman Speleological Group.
The "Grotta dell'Ovito" is a natural inghiottitoio that collects the waters of the basin of the same name to return them after 1300 m away in the so-called resurgence of the Vena Cionca in Pietrasecca. The entrance, from the characteristic wide and double portal, leads into a large gallery. The route is characterized by an evocative series of narrow small lakes, separated by short rapids, and by some branches that introduce environments with stalactites and stalagmites. Immediately after the fascinating canyon begins with a succession of rapids, ponds and waterfalls. After a water jump of 8 meters you reach the vast lake below.
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