"My guide Simone was wonderful. It can sometimes be awkward or difficult when it is just two people but Simone made it very easy and comfortable."
- Taimur Siddiqi, May 2019
Boasting several world-class national parks, the Central Apennines are a nature lover's paradise. With craggy peaks topping out at nearly 3000 metres, ancient beach forests inhabited by bears, wolves and wild boar, and skies patrolled by golden eagles and griffon vultures, this complex topographic knot is the final refuge of many animals and plants that were once widespread across all of Italy's mountainous areas.
Led by highly skilled nature guides, and sustained by some of the finest local food and wine, a journey here truly is an exploration of Italy's "wild heart".
During this four day privately guided experience you will discover the extraordinary connection between nature and the communities in the area; their challenges and possible solutions.
This wild landscape is home to chamois, deer, the rare Marsican brown bear and golden eagles. As well as the wildlife, encounter this region’s welcoming people and its rustic villages characterized by simple but strong traditions that few visitors get to see.
The experience presents a really good to understand the rewilding relevance and importance in expanding natural areas using wildlife corridors to link 'islands' of protected parks and mountain ranges.
"Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world."
- Bruno Barbey
Iris de Winter has always been interested in nature. After her Master’s Degree in Biology (Wageningen University, the Netherlands), she finished her doctoral research on the consequences of anthropogenic habitat changes for the health of lemurs and published multiple scientific articles on this subject.
Meanwhile, Iris was chair of the student staff council of the university and incubation manager, supporting start-up companies who were working on sustainable solutions.
She currently coordinates the course Wildlife Conservation at Utrecht University, is primate-expert and research coordinator in a conservation project on blue-eyed black lemurs for Apenheul, has been organising student conservation excursions in southern Africa over the last nine years, and is a hiking guide in mountainous areas throughout Europe.
A tour leader of (conservation) tours for several travel agencies, Iris completed an intensive tour guide training program in which safety during travel, orientation, Basic Life Support and respect for culture and the environment were central.
Iris de Winter
Rewilding Europe - Major Donor Relations