Picentini Mountain Regional Park (Parco Regionale di Monti Picentini)
Guided tours of Monti Picentini Regional Park, which covers more than 150,000 acres (62,220 hectares) of the Apennine Mountains near Avellino, include a walk on the mountain trails and an outing with a local forager to learn how to hunt Campania's famed truffles. The prized fungus grows in the countryside outside the town of Volturara Irpina, at the foot of Mt. Terminio, and foragers go truffle hunting in the surrounding wooded areas with specially trained dogs.
Visitors also flock to Mt. Terminio, the second-highest peak in the park, for its hiking and biking trails. There is a switchback road to Campolaspierto on the mountain’s summit, with stables for horseback riding and picnic areas overlooking Mt. Vesuvius and Salerno Bay.
Things to Know Before You Go
A day in Monti Picentini Regional Park can be a welcome break from city sightseeing for kids, so consider a family-friendly guided hike.
If you’re hiking the park’s trails, be sure to wear sturdy shoes, a hat, and sunblock, and carry ample water.
You’ll want to capture the views from the mountain slopes in the park, so don’t forget your camera.
There are no restaurants or cafés on the mountain peaks inside the park, so bring picnic supplies if you’re not joining a tour that includes lunch.
The mountain trails are not wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Monti Picentini Regional Park is about an hour east of Naples and about two hours east of Sorrento. Public transportation to the park is limited, so opt for a guided tour that includes transportation from the coast.
When to Get There
Monti Picentini Regional Park is a popular destination in summer, though you should set off early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day. Temperatures are milder and easier on hikers in spring or fall.
Mt. Terminio’s Highlights
Whether exploring Mt. Terminio via trails or road, you can visit the Bocca del Dragone cave and Verteglia plateau (home to the Principe di Piemonte chalet, once a church) on the slopes as you climb through beech forests and summer pastures to the Acque Nere plateau. Here the Acque Nere river has formed a cave and waterfall known as the Grotta dei Candraloni.
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