Climb Corno Piccolo

Rate this Adventure Italy Corno Piccolo

Added by Josiah Roe

Corno Piccolo or "Little Horn" as part of the Gran Sasso Massif, is the rocky heart of the Italian Peninsula, providing epic views from Adriatic to Tyrrhenian Seas. While not as high as its big brother, Corno Grande, Corno Piccolo is considered to be the most alpinistic and difficult to climb of the peaks that make up the central Apennines.

Corno Piccolo (8710') or "Little Horn" as part of the Gran Sasso Massif, is the rocky, limestone heart of the Italian Peninsula, providing epic views from Adriatic to Tyrrhenian Seas. There are numerous world-class climbing routes to the summit, the most straightforward being a hike from the ski resort Prati di Tivo, which can be reached off the A24 via SS80.

From Prati di Tivo, you can either take a ski lift or a service trail that begins behind the ski lift station to La Madonnina (6653'). From there you follow the obvious trail up and to the left into Vallone delle Cornacchie where the beautiful Refugio Franchetti (7982') awaits.

During the summer the Refugio is manned by a member of the Corpo Forestale dello Stato, equivalent to a US Park Ranger, who in addition to caring for the refugio, can loan you equipment, provide directions, and sell you a beer and lunch. The view from the deck is amazing.

From the Refugio, continue up to the saddle ("Sella dei Due Corni") between Corno Grande and Corno Piccolo. At the top of the saddle if you have your ferrata gear you can take the Via Ferrata Danesi (reported to be quite difficult and missing its iron cables in places) or Le Tre Spalle around and up to the summit. The trail is largely obvious and is marked with a "3D".

Pack List

Equipment is season-dependent. You do not need a permit to visit the park unless you're attempting to camp, which is not allowed without a special permit. Many climbing sleep under the ski-lifts in Prati di Tivo, aka "Hotel Chairlift".

  • Good hiking shoes/boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Money to buy beer and food at Rifugio Franchetti
  • Ice axe early in the season, as snow can sometimes cover the Sella dei Due Corni
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More



Chillin, Hiking, Rock Climbing

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



7 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2500 Feet


Adult Beverages
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by Josiah Roe

The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark. - John Muir

More Adventures Nearby

Hike to Orrido dello Slizza

Italy / Orrido dello Slizza

While planning a trip to Fusine Lakes, that you can find HERE, add to your journey a walk through this wonderful hidden path.

Luca Chiandoni
1 Saves

Hike to Sentiero del Dint

Italy / Sentiero del Dint Trailhead

The colors of the water of this lake alone, from green to blue, a great reason to plan a trip to this magical place.

Luca Chiandoni
10 Saves

Hike to Fusine Lake

Italy / Fusine Lake Parking

If you are passing by Tarvisio, a trip to Fusine lakes is an essential step of your journey.

Luca Chiandoni
4 Saves