The mating season of deer

Discover the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise national park during one of the most special times of the year. The bells and fights of deer will be the background sound to your Italian adventure.

A special wandering the immense forests of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park. A two-day trekking adventure followed by an overnight stay in a lovely family-owned hotel. During the months of September and October, when the mating season of deer starts, this territory gives you the chance to live a very interesting experience.

The bell of male deer echoes in the forest all day. The bells and the fights among male deer for the conquest of female deer allow you to immerse yourself in the deepest nature of the Park. 

Together with your guide you will enjoy wonderful views, excellent local Italian food and evening sitting near the fireplace with a good glass of Italian wine. Astonishing nature, unique wildlife experiences and fairytale Italian villages are waiting for you in the Central Apennines.  




Day 1: Introduction of the guide and description of the schedule in our office at Pescasseroli (L’Aquila), Largo Molinari. In the evening there will be a short hike to hear the bells of deers and to see deers at sunset. Then, accommodation of participants in the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Breakfast in the hotel and departure at sunrise for a high altitude itinerary. During the itinerary we will have the chance to observe these beautiful ungulates and, waiting for some time, we can also see other animals who live in this area. Then packed lunch and, in the afternoon, arrive in a mountain hut, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: After a hearty breakfast, departure for a high-altitude hike, through plateaus populated by shepherds who experienced the transhumance in the past. There are always beautiful views and if there are good weather conditions you can see Gran Sasso d’Italia, Mount Velino and the Majella Massif.

During the path you will hear tales of a thousand-year history, full of wisdom. During the path it could be possible to spot the fauna of Abruzzo National Park. After this experience we depart. 


  • 3 days/ 2 nights
  • Season: September and October
  • Accommodation: One night in the mountain bivouac, one night in a local family-run hotel in a double room 
  • Guide: Umberto, Valeria or Marco or Linda.
  • How to get there: Closest airports are Rome Fiumicino and Pescara Airport. You can rent a car from the airport for an easy 3 hr drive to the town of Pescasseroli, or request to book a transfer from/to the airport with us. You can also reach Pescasseroli by train (to Avezzano) and bus:
  • Languages: English, Italian 


Private tour (starting 2 people) 

  • 2-3 people: € 465,00 (3 days / 2 nights) per person 
  • 4-8 people: € 340,00 (3 days / 2 nights) per person    

The cost includes:  Internal transfer. Half-board in double rooms with services, and support of official nature guide. Binoculars and Nikon spotting scopes rental. Use of a thermal camera. Dinner in restaurants and bivouac. 

The cost does not include: Alcoholic beverages. Lunches or packed lunch and anything not mentioned. Transfer from and to Fiumicino or Pescara Airport. Flights 

What to bring: We reccomend you to dress in layers. Hiking shoes, sun hat, water bottle, daypack, long pants, hat and wool gloves, jacket, raincoat or poncho, sun protection cream, non smelling mosquito repellent. Personal toiletries/medicines and a sense of adventure!


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.  

Read know more about rewilding work in the Central Apennines here 


Aukje Van Gerven and

Irene Fernandez


Meet Umberto

Umberto Esposito was born in 1982 and took up the interest in photography when he was just a kid. After finishing his studies he started his career as nature guide, working between Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, thus merging two big passions in his profession: nature and photography.

In 2009 he started Wildlife Adventures, a company engaged in spreading the emotions he had as a youngster to those who visit the mountains of the Central Apennines.

He is a hiking instructor registered with the Alpine Guides of the Abruzzo region and also a nature photographer.

He is convinced that the environment has a very important role for people and for society and he works every day on this principles.

He is an author of various education and environmental communication projects and regularly works together with the local authorities and various NGOs.

He is co-author of Forest Beat a multimedia projects of photography, focused on the ancient Apennine beech forests and he has published articles and images on various magazines.

Umberto Esposito
Wildlife Adventures