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Civitella del Tronto

Civitella del Tronto | Between Marche and Abruzzo

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The climbing wall is visible from far away, and it will immediately capture attention . The routes have been bolted using only the first part of the rock wall, which has a width of about 100 m and has a height  from 10 to approximately 30 meters. The mining activity which has been done on the rock years ago has changed the shape of the cliff, creating striking geometric shapes and overhangs. The rock has an unusual yellow and grey color, and it is made of travertine and fossils, characterized by holes and sharp edges . The part of the rock that has not been used for mining, presents very well worked shapes. This climbing wall is very popular between local climbers, because of the easy approach and of the many climbing routes. The higher part of the wall is more isolated,  'hidden' by pine trees. In this area is expected an athletic and powerful climbing style, with hard moves on the overhangs, more reflective, with friction climbing on the slabs. The  routes  rarely exceed 20 meters, and rarely require endurance, with the majority of the routes settled on a medium level of difficulty. There are also routes suitable for beginners . There are also some interesting harder routes. The pegging  is often very close , but more spaced in the higher wall. It is an all year climbing place but winter (if there is no snow), spring and autumn are ideal seasons. The upper area is better for the summer season. The crag is very popular. Visit the village of Civitella del Tronto, an interesting small town  rich of historical and artistic treasures. The main attraction is the old borbonic  fortress,  masterpiece of military engineering, the last fortress opposing to the Piemontese army during the unification of Italy. Before accessing the cliff, there is a fountain called “The Fountain of lovers”. The construction is dated 1863.


From Teramo: SS81 towards Ascoli, follow the road signs to Civitella del Tronto. Once you have reached the small roundabout in the centre of Civitella del Tronto, just turn right and better to park the car a few meters before the cliff. During the summer this road is closed so you need to turn right and enter in the large parking area before the roundabout cited above. Go straight and you will reach the climbing wall in few minutes. About a hundred meters before the cliff there is a fountain called “Fountain of lovers”.

From South of Italy (A14 exit Val Vibrata): drive on the SS16 until the roundabout which crosses with the SP8 (follow road signs to Civitella del Tronto). Drive on the SP8 until the junction to Civitella del Tronto, and then just follow the directions described above. Alternatively you can exit the A14 highway in Mosciano S.A., drive on the ”Teramo – mare” freeway towards Teramo and exit at San Nicolò. Once you there take the SP3 (Val Vibrata). At the roundabout follow the road signals to Campli SP17 and then to Civitella SS81 (see above how to reach the climbing walls from here).

From North Italy: A14 Highway, exit inSan Benedetto, take “Ascoli - mare” freeway towards Ascoli. Exit at Castel di Lama, and then follow the road signs to “Sant’ Egidio alla Vibrata” and Civitella del Tronto (see above).