An easy trekking route takes us to the heart of the Majella Park, in Abruzzo . We are at the Fonte Romana and, clearing the field of all doubts, we are not looking for a source where water flows, but, this is the name of a small fraction of the municipality of Pacentro, located on the SP 54 road that connects Campo di Giove with the junction for Passo S. Leonardo.
From the Roman Fountain there are several trekking routes that lead us to the small Fonte di Collalto at 1526 above sea level, from where, following the path, you can reach the locality of Stazzo and the Fonte dell’Orso. We are in one of the most evocative areas of the west side of the Maiella, where and if you are lucky you can meet the animals that live in this area.
The start of the route
The starting point of the path that begins at the Roman Fountain is easily identifiable. The sign of the locality is clearly visible. Leave the car in the parking lot and pass the barrier that starts the paths. It is an easy and comfortable dirt road that leads to the heart of the beech forest and immediately brings us near a kind of reservoir from which a small waterfall emerges. Looking up you will notice a construction. The only one in the area: it is a restaurant. It will come in handy on our return. (You eat well and spend the right amount).
Before thinking about food, let’s focus on walking. The path to follow is that of the dirt road that runs alongside the Vella stream and which in a few minutes leads to the heart of the beech forest. Trekking boots and sticks are also recommended because here it is easy to get confused, you must pay close attention to the red and white signs and traces, otherwise, you will end up following the stream and leaving the path.
The torrent to be overcome
Five minutes after the start of the walk you cross the stream and slowly begin to climb along a slope until you cross a comfortable forest track that from here will take you slowly to the chosen destination. Leaving the wood, the first area you come across is the one where you can see some remains. These are dry stone walls and huts used until the early twentieth century.
The source of Collalto
Continuing to climb, you reach large clearings from which fantastic views open out over the Majella massif and the surrounding mountains. We reach the small Fonte di Collalto after about 50 minutes from the start. We are 1526 meters above sea level. From here the path continues to the locality of Stazzo.
An easy path
The whole itinerary, cool and shady in summer, is not difficult, even if it is better to be equipped and bring a supply of water. The climbs are not difficult and we can say that this is also a suitable route for families with children, but that it is not recommended in winter due to the risk of avalanches.
How do I get to the Roman Fountain?
From Pacentro, follow the Regional Road 487 in the direction of the San Leonardo Pass. The Roman Spring is located after about 14 Km