Our journey through the Central Apennines rewilding area takes us across thousands of hectares of beautiful rugged mountains, deep valleys and extensive beech forest. This region of Italy is a biodiversity hotspot with abundant populations of iconic species such as brown bears, wolves, deer, wild boars and the endemic Apennine chamois. Little villages still characterized by the traditional lifestyle of the people who live there provide a special mix of culture and nature that makes this area unique in Europe.
Together with your nature guide, you will explore the Park’s wilderness, following the tracks of the large animals and learning how to correctly approach the wildlife. We will focus our efforts on Marsican bears and wolves, while we will have good chances to see chamois, deer and wild boar. The long days in the field will be concluded with tasty meals from the world-famous Italian cuisine, a bottle of good wine in the friendly atmosphere of a very comfortable hotel.
Day 1 Welcome. You are greeted by our staff at our office in Pescasseroli. Check into your rooms before we sit down for an introduction and get to know each other a bit. We will have a short walk to introduce you to the park. Dinner with local products and overnight stay.
Day 2 Explore. Sunrise wildlife watching session. After a hearty breakfast we will take a walk through an old-growth forest. We learn about the inhabitants of our beech woods ecosystem. We return to the hotel late in the evening.
Day 3 Wolves move very early in the morning. After a coffee we will move along the southern slope of a mountain. Historically, this area has been frequented by wolves. Transfer to Civitella Alfedena, visit to the Apennine Wolf Museum. Lunch and hike to the mountain refuge. Dinner based on local products and overnight stay in the mountain refuge.
Day 4 Sirente Velino Regional Park. After breakfast we will reach the reserve. There are excellent opportunities to experience species such as golden eagle, griffon vulture, peregrine falcon, lanner falcon. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5 Time to say our goodbyes. After breakfast and at the end of five fascinating days together with your guide, it’s time to say goodbye.
Rewilding Europe Levy: 5% of your booking sum goes to the local Rewilding Europe organization.
In the Central Apennines rewilding area Rewilding Europe is working with local partners to develop large “coexistence corridors” by connecting the local economy with wilder nature in five corridors collectively covering more than 100,000 hectares.
By reducing the damage caused by such wildlife, and by allowing communities to benefit from it, people living here will become ambassadors for the area’s wild nature.
Rewilding Europe is working with local partners to reduce bear mortality and conflict by installing traffic accident prevention measures, removing old fencing, restoring and improving signage, and distributing new mobile electric fences. By working to establish a vibrant nature-based economy in the Central Apennines rewilding area, Rewilding Europe is providing local communities with an economic incentive to protect such wildlife.
Since she was a child she walked along the paths through the forest of the mountains where she was born. Her curiosity led her to explore and get to know the territory.
While listening to stories from older people in the area, Valeria learnt the importance of the local traditions and how necessary it was to preserve traditions and value the past.
Her love of nature and for the Abruzzo mountain’s became her passion, which intern became her profession. She is now a nature guide, environmental interpreter and nordic walking instructor, and one of our expert guides in the Italian Apennines.
‘The mountain’s bring you closer to nature, and to yourself’
Wildlife Adventures guide