An interesting and solitary mountain, not frequented despite the proximity to the skiing stations of Roccaraso, Pescocostanzo and Campo di Giove.
Monte Porrara is the most southern of the peaks of the Majella.It dominates the marshes and the pastures of the Quarto di Santa Chiara.
The face toward Campo di Giove, Piano Cerreto and Pizzalto is steep, The other face goes down toward southeast with magnificent woods of beech trees and ample pastures, in direction of the Valle dell'Aventino, of the Madonna dell'Altare and Palena
In the province of Sulmona lies Parco Nazionale della Majella, one of the most important parks in Abruzzo, both for its considerable size, over 74000 hectares for both the historical importance. It is considered a kind of Olympus dell'Abruzzo.
The massive separates the valley from the hills and is exactly aligned from north to south and represents the group in Abruzzo Apennine nearest all'Adriatico. The park includes Mount Morrone, Porrara and Monti Pizzi. In the centuries has remained one of the most uncontaminated and today, besides the park, has many nature reserves: the Valley dell'Ofento (reserve integral where access is prohibited), Piano Grande of Maielletta, Feudo Ugni, Quarto di Santa Chiara, Fara S. Martino-Palombara. They are also present shelters for hikers including worth mentioning the Bivouac Pelino (Monte Amaro, 15 seats), Pomilio Refuge (Maielletta, 40 beds) and the bivouac Cave of Pigs (Piano House, 10 seats).
In the territory of the park still may encounter otters, wild cats, owls and martens. But also the symbol animal, the wolf, which is not an enemy from the people, as often considerated. The flora of la Majella is particularly rich. There are Mediterranean plants and termofile but also rare species, for a total of over 1700 entities, equal to 30% of the Italian flora and 15% of the European Union.
motorway A1 till Caianello and keep on going in the direction of Venafro-Roccaraso.
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External LinksAn useful link with a lot of iformation about the mountains of Abruzzo
An interesting page about Palena and its history
An interesting page about Mountains of Abruzzo
CartographyIGM 152 IV NE Palena
CAI 1:25000 Massiccio della Majella