Abruzzo is known as Italy’s best kept secret, and this is not surprising. This Italian central region is famous for having the most impressive massifs of the entire Apennine Mountains, with Corno Grande del Gran Sasso (2914 m) and mount Amaro (2795 m, peak of Majella National Park), but also springs, waterfalls and lakes. Abruzzo is also rich in history and traditions, so you will find countless fortresses, castles, abbeys, hermitages, archaeological sites and borgos, all combined with delicious traditional food!
This tours develops over five days trekking in one of the most beautiful parks in Abruzzo, Majella National Park, located among the provinces of Chieti, Pescara and L’Aquila. Majella Park is famous for its 500 km of hiking trails through mountains, caves and medieval towns. You will also have the possibility to discover the local culture and traditions.
The itinerary covers 40 km and the level of difficulty is between the amateur and the trained hiker. For this reason, this tour is not indicated for kids younger than 14 (but we can simplify the tour for them). A suitable equipment and a certain level of training are required. As all the outdoor activities, the following plan may vary in case of poor weather conditions.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND CHECK-IN AT THE HOTEL
Check-in at the hotel and free time to visit the city.
DAY 2: THOLOS HUTS (6 km, elevation gain 350 m)
After breakfast meeting and briefing with the guide. You will discover the first two most important agropastoral complexes in Majella national park: tholos huts, which in the past used to be shepherds and herds shelters. After lunch (packed-lunch or typical picnic on request) the trekking will bring you back to your hotel at Passo Lanciano. Dinner at the hotel.
DAY 3: TAVOLA DEI BRIGANTI (10 km, elevation gain 300 m)
Transfer to Mammarosa where you will the start your trekking to reach 1900 m in altitude. From the top you will enjoy the beautiful view of Adriatic sea and Mount Amaro (second highest peak in the Apennines, 2793 m). The destination is Tavola dei Briganti (2110 m), a mysterious place where you can see many stone tables carved by shepherds and bandits from the past century. Packed lunch or you can have lunch in a mountain hut (on request). Then transfer back to the hotel and free afternoon, with the possibility to relax in the spa! Dinner at the hotel.
DAY 4: SAN MARTINO GORGES AND MONASTERY (3 km, elevation gain 300 m)
Transfer to Fara San Martino where you will visit the famous gorges, suggestive both for their size and for their symbolic meaning, as “gateway” to one of the most majestic valleys of Majella. You will visit the remains of San Martino monastery, brought back to life after the flooding which had buried it in the Nineteenth century. Free lunch in Fara. In the afternoon, visit to the artisan lab where typical Abruzzan carpets are made. Dinner and night at the hotel in Fara.
DAY 5: MOUNT PORRARA (13 km, elevation gain 500 m)
The route of the day will take you to the foothills of mount Porrara, through flourishing beech forests. You will enjoy a beautiful landscape: river Aventino, mount Amaro and the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise. Packed lunch or you can have lunch in a mountain hut (on request). In the afternoon we will be back to the hotel, where dinner awaits for you.
DAY 6: CIVITELLA MESSER RAIMONDO VILLAGE (4 km, elevation gain 200 m)
The trekking of the day will take you to discover the suggestive village of Civitella Messer Raimondo. You will visit the castle, Gattone Palace and Santissimo Salvatore church, XIII century. Free lunch. In the afternoon, visit to the local mill from the nineteenth century, and you can have the chance to see the different phases of pasta De Cecco production! In the evening, return to the hotel and dinner.
DAY 7: CHECK-OUT AND TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
The tour includes:
- 6 nights at a hotel or B&B with breakfasts
- 6 dinners
- Local transfers
- Experienced guide
- 24/7 Assistance from our team
- Guided visits to the villages and artisan labs
- Medical and luggage insurances
The tour does not include:
Lunches, drinks and anything else not included in the list “The tour includes”.
- Transfer from/to the airport (Roma Fiumicino “L. Da Vinci” or D’Abruzzo “P. Liberi”)
- Packed lunch or lunch in huts
Equipment you need to have:
Technical trekking clothing.
Contact us for a quotation.