In the border lands, from Pescasseroli to Scanno

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31 October 2020
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2 days - 1 night
Availability : from June to November
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 10

An itinerary on high altitude, which connects two towns, both full of history. Firstly, Pescasseroli, capital of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park, locality in which the Tratturo Regio started. Then, Scanno, made famous by pictures of many photographers which have immortalized its artistic and cultural heritage. Well-known are also the costumes of the women and the traditional rituals. Ancient trails will guide us through mysterious forests with twisted trunks, and to wide ridges, where the green of the high pastures mixes with a fascinating moon-like landscape.


The history of the Central Apennines is closely tied to sheep farming history. These thousands of years of shepherds at work, have, more than any other human activity, really shaped the territory, transforming the natural environment to their own advantage. It has even acted on the culture of the populations, influencing their traditions, language, arts and gastronomy.


Moderate The excursion is not particularly difficult on a technical level. It takes place entirely on mountain trails with ascents and descents on medium steep slopes. You need a good level of fitness, because the itinerary is long and there is a significant altitude difference.

Elevation gain

400 m up on Saturday
1100 m down on Sunday


8-12 km each day

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair

Khalil Gibran

What is included

  • Guide and organization
  • Accommodation in a mountain hut
  • Headlamps, binoculars and Nikon spotting scopes
  • Transfer Scanno-Pescasseroli with a minibus

What is escluded

  • Sleeping bag liner or sleeping bag
  • Extra and personal expenses

Day 1In the shadow of the trees

Meeting in Pescasseroli at 16.00 (4PM). Meeting the guides at our headquarters at Largo Molinari. Short transfer by car to the starting point of the trail. We will cross a forest characterized by beautiful beech trees, full of mosses and lichen, and a wild valley, where you breathe the contact with wildlife. We will wait for the light of the sunset to fully grasp its magical atmosphere, before reaching the Rifugio di Terraegna. Dinner with local products, overnight stay.

Day 2High altitude world, the Park at above 2000 metres

Breakfast with local and organic products gives us the energy for a long excursion along the impressive ridge of the Montagna Grande, at above two thousand meters asl. With the woody slopes behind us, we will be able to walk on the ridge which separates the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park from the Genzana mountains. When we reach the Valico del Carapale, a long descent starts, until the town of Scanno. In the afternoon, we will take a break at the Pasticceria Di Masso for a coffee and to try the delicious Pan dell’Orso. Walk in the village and transfer by minibus to Pescasseroli.

  • Dinner in a mountain refuge near the fireplace and in a relaxing atmosphere
  • Tales of shepherds from Abruzzo region who lived in this mountains for several centuries

The newly renovated Terraegna mountain 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.

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, non smelling mosquito repellent. We always recommend wearing a t-shirt to spare in your backpack.

How 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 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.