• La splendida sagoma di un'orso marsicano appare al limite della foresta

Bear watching in the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park

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6 h
Availability : from April to September
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 12

Evening hike dedicated to the marsican brown bear, the symbol species of Abruzzo National Park. We will take advantage of twilight and digiscoping techniques to optimize the chance to see bears. Packed dinner and return to the valley with the aid of torches and moon.


Our aim is to observe bears of course, but also provide to our clients information about bear ecology, food resources, threats and conservancy status, getting a complete bear experience in the Central Apennines.


Moderate The hike has no technical difficulties, it takes place on mountain trails in wooded areas and meadows with climbs and descents of the average slope, with steeper sections. Hike in the mountains, that all healthy people can deal with.

Elevation gain

400 m up and down


8 km roundtrip

Those who have packed far up into bear country know that the presence of even one bear on the land elevates the mountains, deepens the canyons, chills the winds, brightens the stars, darkens the forest, and quickens the pulse of all who enter it.

John Murray

What is included

  • Guide and organization
  • Headlamps, binoculars and Nikon spotting scopes
  • Donation to Salviamo l’Orso Onlus to implement their projects

What is escluded

  • Any transports
  • Packed dinner and personal expenses

Day 1Bear watching in the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park

Arrival in Pescasseroli at 3 pm and meeting with our guide in our offices at Largo Molinari (Pescasseroli). There will be a short moving until the begin of the path and then the hike. Along the path we will explain you the characteristics concerning the biology of the bear and we will show you the tracks of this animal. After almost two hours of walk we will arrive at the observation areas. Return in the evening, with a charming starry sky that will guide us.

  • Small groups, in this way the guide can attend to the clients as they deserve
  • The real opportunity to see the symbol species of Abruzzo National Park in the wild nature
  • The dinner at sunset in a relaxing atmosphere and a beautiful starry sky during the return
  • Striking colours and views at the edge of the forest
What to bring

Hiking boots, jacket with waterproof and windproof cap, backpack, water bottle, leggings, hat and gloves of wool or fleece (in winter are always better than waterproof), sunglasses, long pants and sun protection cream. During the ambushes can be cold so we recommend dressing in layers.

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.