New Year’s Eve in the wildest area of Abruzzo

Unusual, different and with snowshoes

PERIOD
December-January

DURATION
4 days-3 nights

LOCATION
Civitella Alfedena, Abruzzo

GROUP SIZE
15 people

ACCOMMODATION
B&B, small hotel

LENGTH
8-11 km per day

ELEVATION GAIN
200-500 m per day

DIFFICULT
Moderate

The excursion is not particularly difficult on a technical level. You’ll need to be in good shape and capable of hiking with a pack on your back and gains of as much as 500m.

In addition to the charm of New Year’s Eve there is the enchantment of snowy mountains, hikes in nature, an intimate and almost exclusive atmosphere. Four days in the heart of the most ancient and renowned protected area of Italy, with the opportunity to see deers, wolves and chamoises and visits to villages rich in history and traditions.

But it’s not all you can do. Choosing a New Year’s Day in contact with nature means rediscover the rhythms of life closer to your personal balance. We eat all together around the table and we will be heated by the fireplace and by a dog rose infusion or a glass of Montepulciano wine. We will tell each other stories and we will share life experiences. Beating heart of the Apennines, Abruzzo is a land full of surprises and strong ties with nature, and it can give you deep emotions and unforgettable memories.

Bookend long days in the wilderness with classic Italian food and tasty local wines in genuine mountain villages

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, there is a rapture on the lonely shore, there is society, where none intrudes, by the deep Sea, and music in its roar: i love not Man the less, but Nature more.

Lord Byron

Itinerary

DAY 1 – Discovering Vallis Regia
Arrival in Pescasseroli (L’Aquila), introduction of the guide and description of the programme. In late afternoon there will be a short hike and accommodation of participants in the hotel that has an arrangement with us. In the evening, dinner and visit to the village of Civitella Alfedena and to the papier-mâché life size crib. At 9:30 p.m. we will attend to the torchlight procession that, through human figures, expresses a wishing message for new year; this festival is held in “Piazzale di Santa Lucia” square; there will be a a big bonfire and we will drink a glass of mulled wine.
1h of walk · 50 m ascent · 50 m descent

DAY 2 – Monte Meta, a terrace over three region
At dawn, we will be protagonists in the beautiful scenery of “Pianoro Le Forme”, at the foot of Mount Meta and of the Mainarde mountain range. A strong emotional impact place, characterized by rugged and wild mountains, fascinating for those who live far from this kind of landscape. There will be a hike until “Passo dei Monaci” to try to spot deers and chamoises. In the afternoon visit to the historic centre of Barrea village and its fortified stronghold. In the evening there will be the end of the year dinner with the guides and celebrations.
6h of walk · 500 m ascent · 500 m descent

DAY 3 – The ancient forest of Pescasseroli
A soft awakening will allow us to observe an ancient beech wood where the trees are keepers of tradition, history and biodiversity. Here we can found the presence of the rare white-backed Woodpecker or the the more mysterious and rare Rosalia longicorn beetle. All this makes the ancient forest of Pescasseroli a very special place. Free afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay.
4h of walk · 250 m ascent · 250 m descent

DAY 4 – Valle di Ziomas and Ferroio di Scanno
La valle di Ziomas ci accoglie silenziosa in un meraviglioso scenario invernale dove pendii e doline carsiche sono addolciti dal manto nevoso. I disegni lasciati dal vento, le tracce di lupi e volpi ci guidano come in un affascinante racconto. Dalla sella che si apre sul Ferroio di Scanno lo sguardo si perde di fronte alla bellezza del paesaggio. Uno scenario grandioso, sovrastato dalle cime dei monti Godi e Marsicano e, più distanti, quelle della Camosciara e di Monte Petroso. Pranzo in baita e partenza dei partecipanti.
4h of walk · 300 m ascent · 300 m descent

Costs

Prices
€ 460 / per person

What’s included
Guide and organization
Snowshoes and pole rental
Professional insurance civil liability
Accommodation in a hotel family run
Dinner and breakfast

What is not included
Lunches or packed lunches
Extra and personal expenses
Any transports

Food and accommodation

Accommodation can be organized by our tour leader in small lovely small family managed hotel, in double rooms. Lunches are not included, you will buy packed lunches from the guesthouse or local shops and bakeries each morning to take with you. Each evening you’ll be tucking into traditional Italian dishes including maccheroni alla chitarra – a special type of spaghetti, soup with orapi (wild spinach) and beans, gnocchetti and grilled meat. The region has a strong sheep rearing culture, so plenty of local dairy products are available such as pecorino, ricotta, caciocavallo and a rare goat’s cheese called Marzolina.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for – please just request on your passenger info form.

Kit list

Temperatures depend on season and time, warm clothes and dress up in layers is recommended: after sunset, in summertime too, it could be very cold.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Soft duffel bag or rucksack
Daypack (25+ litres)
Raincover
Waterproof jacket with hood
Fleece jacket or similar
Warm jacket
Hiking trousers
Technical t-shirts
Hiking boots
Warm hat
Thin gloves
Waterproof overtrousers
Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
Water bottles or water bladder

WHAT’S INCLUDED
Snowshoes
Trekking poles

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Frequently asked question

Can i book on my own?

Sure can! Over 30% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Can children participate?

This trip is especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

Private tour

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Bad weather condition

Obviously some day could be cold or rainy: our guides will study alternative propose to offer you the best experience. Be sure to be well equipped for each weather condition.

Need to add a travel insurance

Our guides are registered at the list of Collegio Guide Alpine Abruzzo and subscribed a professional insurance.

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How to get there

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 Tuabruzzo. Connections by train are only until Avezzano station. For those who come from Rome it is possible to check the timetable of Flixbus or Prontobus company that connects Roma and Ciampino airports to Abruzzo.

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