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  • I colori dell'autunno e l'atmosfera creata dalla nebbia nella foresta di faggi

Autumn colors in Abruzzo

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16 October 2020
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3 days / 2 nights
Availability : October
Min Age : 16+
Max People : 10

An educational experience for lovers of photography, who want to broaden their knowledge and discover beautiful places thanks to the expert support of some professionals of photography, and with the staff of Abruzzo Lazio and Molise National Park.


Abruzzo National Park, the most ancient park of Apennines, has had an important role in the conservation of some of the most important species of Italian fauna. Two-thirds of the Park are covered by beech forests, that are one of the biggest continuous extension of the Apennines. These beech forests are full of ancient specimens which allow the presence of some animal species, such as the Marsican Brown Bear and  Lilford’s White-backed Woodpecker. In high altitude stony grounds, above the beech forest, we can find the mountain pine, that is rare in the Apennines. We can also find some species that live in these extreme environments, related to the vegetation of glacial periods, or we can find some endemic and localized species.

Choice of camera equipment;
Advices about photographic shooting;
How to use natural light;
Cleaning of camera equipment, recommendations for trips;
Exposure and focus: how to get the best from your camera;
How to use creatively the combination of aperture value and shutter speed;
How to use filters in landscape photography;


Moderate The hike has no technical difficulties, it takes place on mountain trails in wooded areas and meadows with easy climbs and descents.

Elevation gain

300 m up and down each day


5-8 km each day


What is included

  • Guide and organization
  • Photo tour and lessons

What is escluded

  • Food and accommodation
  • Any transports
  • Extra and personal expenses

Day 1Val Fondillo, tales of a special valley

Arrival in Pescasseroli (L’Aquila), in the morning check in and accommodation of participants in the hotel and introduction of the guide. At 2:00 pm there will be the presentation of the program and an introductory lesson in our offices, in Largo Molinari. Then, a short transfer by car and photo session through the woods and the springs of Val Fondillo. Return to the hotel in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2Terraegna, the enchanted forest

At dawn there will be a walk near Barrea Lake to spot grazing deers and in the morning. Beech forests and black pines give you a lot of photographic chances, observing the natural amphitheater of Camosciara. In the afternoon hike until the big plateau of Terraegna and visit of one of the old growth forest of the Park. Then, accommodation of participants in the refuge, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3Val Canneto, a sanctuary for humans and nature

In the late morning there will be a transfer by car in the Lazio side of the beautiful Canneto Valley; then packed lunch and photo session until late afternoon. Soft light of undergrowth give us the chance to observe the movement of water and to enhance creative photography. We will try to observe and to photograph a small population of Apennines Salamander (Salamandra salamandra gigliolii), that is present in this valley. In the evening departure of participants.

  • The philosophy of this workshop with a limited number of participants
  • Lights and colors on the most important tops of Abruzzo National Park
  • A excursion inside the oldest beech forest UNESCO World Heritage
  • Excellent food, an evening near the fireplace and a good wine (Montepulciano d’Abruzzo)

Accommodation can be organized by our tour leader in small lovely small family managed hotel


Umberto Esposito is a mountain guide entered on the register of Alpine Guides of the Abruzzo Region and a naturalist photographer. He works between Abruzzo and Molise regions where, among the immense beech forests in the mountains or in the meadows, you can still see some extraordinary animal species. At the end of the nineties the encounter with the bears of the valley and the emotion for the first photographs guided him to what has become his job. Growing he has explored and loved these mountains. He is the creator and the director of Wildlife Adventures project and now he tries to convey the emotions he felt when he was young to those who walk along the paths and the mountains of Central Apennines with him. He has published pictures and articles on Oasis, Trekking&Outdoor, DOVE Viaggi, DRepubblica, Speciale “Qui Touring” of Touring Club Italiano. It’s co-author of the project Forestbeat and of the book Il Segreto dei Giganti, to sustain the nomination of the Apennine beech forests as “UNESCO World Heritage Site” Lazio e Molise.

What to bring

We reccomend you to dress in layers. Hiking shoes, sun hat, water bottle, backpack, long pants, hat and wool gloves, jacket, light raincoat or poncho, sun protection cream. We always recommend wearing a t-shirt to spare in your backpack.

Wide angle zoom (es. 16-35 on full frame)
Medium tele zoom (es. 24-70 or 24-120 on full frame)
Telephoto zoom (es. 70-200 or 70-300 on full frame)
Macro lens (es. 60 or 105 on full frame)
Filters (circular polarizer, ND, GND, etc.)
Cleaning kit with air blower pump, microfiber cloth

The programme gives priority to the shooting fase, over the post-production: short indoor sessions are scheduled, but the main part will be looking for the best conditions to get interesting shots. Therefore, you do not need to use your laptop. Once the photography weekend is finished, you will be invited to a private Facebook group, in which you can share your picture with the instructors and other participants, so that you can start comparing, commenting and analysing the images.

How to reach us

Pescasseroli is the most important village of Abruzzo National Park, the oldest Italian protected area; it has guaranteed a life in harmony with nature for almost a century. You can easily reach it by car through three access points. FROM ROME (Highway A24 Rome – L’Aquila): from Rome highway A24 until Pescina exit, proceed on SR83 or on SP17 until Pescasseroli. FROM PESCARA (Highway A25 Roma – Pescara): from Pescara highway A25 until Pescina exit, go on towards SR83 or towards SP17 until Pescasseroli. FROM NAPLES (Highway A1 Naples – Rome): from Naples highway A1 until Caianello exit, enter SS85 towards Venafro and then proceed on SR83 until Pescasseroli.

You can arrive by bus thanks to daily connections from Castel di Sangro and Avezzano. Check the timetable on the the website www.tuabruzzo.it. Connections by train are only until Avezzano station. For those who come from Rome it is possible to check the timetable of Prontobus company that connects Roma and Ciampino airports to Abruzzo.