The newly renovated Bisegna refuge offers warm Italian hospitality, cuisine and a magical spot to rest in the mountains. Set high up in the mountains, resting on the saddle between Pescasseroli and Bisegna, the mountain refuge offers guests a unique setting to rest and spend the night. The area is home to great wildlife including bear, wolf, wild boar and deer to name a few. The surroundings are communal lands and often free grazing horses or cattle pass by. This quaint mountain top cottage has a hearty main area with a wood burning stove for heating and cooking, a cozy seating area for meals and a kitchen.
A double room and a shared room accommodate romantic stays from two guests sharing or larger groups of ten exploring and hiking in the area. The mountain refuge has the necessary creature comforts like hot water and some limited electricity from solar power, but mobile connection is scarce and provides you with the perfect getaway.
Accessible by foot and mountain-bike, the amount of vehicle traffic is limited to insure the most remote experience possible. The setting of the refuge provides a magical place to explore from, enjoy a sunset in summer after a days hiking or listen to wolves howling in the colder nights. The refuge was refurbished thanks the support of Rewilding Europe.
The Rifugio Terraegna is open during the summer period, while during the autumn and spring is always wise to call our office to verify the opening. It is mandatory to reserve for those who, even in the summer wanted to stay overnight. Overnight stays with dogs are not permitted.
In order to spend the night at Rifugio Terraegna the use of either a sleeping bag or a sleeping bag sheet is mandatory. Due to the particular summer drought, water use for showers may be restricted by the operator.
Terraegna mountain hut let Wildlife Adventures to connect many people to nature: hosting them and promoting activities. The location becomes a base-camp to develop and perform activities combining outdoor experiences and trainings, educational workshops and outdoor activities dedicated to wildlife, biodiversity, ecosystem, local traditions.
Terraegna mountain hut obtained in 2018 acknowledgment from European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas: a practical management tool that enables Protected Areas to develop tourism sustainably. The core element of the Charter is the collaboration between all interested parties to develop a common strategy and action plan for tourism development, based on an in-depth analysis of the local situation. The objective is the protection of the natural and cultural heritage and the continuous improvement of tourism management in the protected area in favor of the environment, the local population, businesses and visitors.
Monte Argatone (Path W3 PNALM) 1 h
Valico del Carapale (Path A1-A3 PNALM) 2 h
Valico della Corte (Path A1-A4 PNALM) 3 h
Monte Marsicano (Path A1-A6 PNALM) 5 h
In the most hidden corner of this land still survives an ancient beech forests, as in Coppo del Morto and Codone, where the patriarchs reach 500 years of life. These trees have been born before the end of the Middle Age and before the “discovery” of Americas by Columbus. Therefore, these are not only the oldest beech trees known in Europe but also the oldest broad-leaf trees of the Northern hemisphere! Such an amazing discovery has brought the magnificent Apennine beech forests to the attention of the international scientific community and also triggered their nomination process as “UNESCO World Heritage Site”. In these primeval forests, the concentration of species is impressive.
Apennine Chamois Rupicapra pyrenaica ornata (Neumann, 1899)
Apennine Wolf Canis lupus italicus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Barbastelle Bat Barbastella barbastellus (Schreber, 1774)
Black Kite Milvus migrans (Boddaert, 1783)
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis (Temminck, 1815)
Golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos (Linnaeus, 1758)
Marsican brown bear Ursus arctos marsicanus (Altobello, 1921)
Meadow Viper Vipera ursinii (Bonaparte, 1835)
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus (Tunstall, 1771)
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio (Linnaeus, 1758)
Rosalia alpina Rosalia alpina (Linnaeus, 1758)
Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis (Linnaeus, 1766)
Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis (Linnaeus, 1766)
Tawny owl Strix aluco (Linnaeus, 1758)
Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla (Brehm, 1820)
White-backed Woodpecker Picoides leucotos (Bechstein, 1803)