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.
Monte Genzana and Alto Gizio Regional Nature Reserve
In the system of protected areas of the Abruzzo region, the Monte Genzana Alto Gizio Nature Reserve is of great importance as it is a connecting corridor for wildlife exchanges between the Abruzzo National Park and the Majella National Park. Established by Regional Law No. 116 of 28 November 1996, it has an extension of 3164 hectares and falls entirely within the territory of the Municipality of Pettorano sul Gizio which, in collaboration with Legambiente Abruzzo, manages its management. This vast area has a particularity that makes it a unique case in the overall panorama of protected areas: the presence of the historic core of the town of Pettorano (one of the towns of Abruzzo that is part of the Club of the most beautiful villages in Italy) inside of the perimeter of the protected area.The Reserve is bounded by Mount Genzana (m 2170) to the west, from Mount Mattone (m 1515) to the north and from the top of Toppe Vurgo to the south, the east side consists of the long valley that connects the Sulmona basin with the Piano delle Cinquemiglia . In the Reserve there are almost all the mammals of the Apennine fauna with two of the species indicated of community interest: the bear and the wolf. Its territory, between 530 m asl of the Gizio river and 2170 m asl of Monte Genzana, is made up of very different natural environments that preserve a high floristic and faunistic heritage.