5 days-4 nights
Pettorano sul Gizio
B&B, Mountain huts
8-12 km per day
300-600 m per day
Participants should be able to walk in the mountain without difficulties however, there are plenty of stops as you wait silently with binoculars to view wildlife.
What is the best way to discover rewilding if not by directly living it, with a series of field experiences especially designed to put people in contact with wild nature and the local communities living along side with it.
The Rewilding Week program aims at deepening the understanding of human-wildlife interaction themes in Central Apennines by spending 5 days on the field together with the Rewilding Apennines team, and learning side by side how to implement co-existence practices in this territory.
During this journey, we will meet the real keepers of these lands, who chose to embrace our philosophy and to help us in designing this unique experience. During the stay we will visit small mountain villages, local enterprises, natural monuments, and we will traverse some of the most remote areas in Central Apennines.
Thank to this special program, we want to increase people’s awareness towards rewilding principles, enhance the rewilding movement both in Italy and abroad by offering personal growth opportunities and “learning by doing”, and to support conservation actions in Central Apennines through the Bear Fund.
Field actions. Join us on the field and give your contribution to rewilding!
Immersion in nature. Walk across the wild mountains of Central Apennines and discover its wildlife through sings of presence and direct observations.
Encounter with local producers. Meet and exchange experiences with the communities that daily co-exist with wildlife.
Mediante questo speciale programma, vogliamo accrescere la consapevolezza delle persone sui principi rewilding, amplificare il movimento rewilding sia in Italia sia all’estero offrendo opportunità di crescita personale e “apprendimento attraverso il fare”, e sostenere le azioni di conservazione in Appennino centrale grazie allo strumento del Bear Fund.
The Rewilding Weeks are carried out based on a schedule defined by the Rewilding Apennines team. Every season will be characterised by different field activities and priorities included in the experience.
DAY 1 – The Bear Smart Community Genzana Alto Gizio
Arrival at the Pratola Peligna train station, afternoon settling at the hotel and presentation of the guide and Rewilding Apennines team. Visit to the Bear Smart Community of Pettorano sul Gizio. 1 hours’ walking – 100 m ascent – 100 m descent
DAY 2 – Call to action for a more nature-rich Europe
After breakfast we will take action with the Rewilding Apennines team to contribute to habitat-restoration by the removal of small unauthorized rubbish dumps or of decades-old abandoned barbed wire in the mountains, that constitutes both an aesthetic and ecological deterrent for man and wildlife movement. Possibility of observing grazing red deer, roe deer and different birds of prey. Packed lunch and transfer to Ortona dei Marsi, visit to the apple cider brewery Melagusto and tasting of local products. In the evening, brief excursion and wildlife watching activity. Return to Pettorano sul Gizio, dinner and overnight stay.
3 hours’ walking – 250 m ascent – 250 m descent
DAY 3 – Bear-living in a men’s world
Breakfast and meet with the Rewilding Apennines team. In the morning, we will contribute to the installation of electric fences and bear-proof doors as tools for preventing bear-made damages to small farms, in the name of conflict mitigation. In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to visit a Bear Smart Community for better understanding the human actors of the corridors, such as residents, small entrepreneurs, students and volunteers, for listening to their co-existence stories but also for tasting some local products. Dinner and overnight stay.
2 hours’ walking – 200 m ascent – 200 m descent
DAY 4 – The Monte Velino Nature Reserve
After breakfast the Rewilding Apennines team will guide us during a wildlife monitoring activity based on direct observation at sunrise or aid by the use of camera traps. Our day will go on with a focus on the griffon vulture and the activities that the team carries out in the context of the collaboration between the Reparto Carabinieri Biodiversità di Castel di Sangro (environmental law enforcement agency) and Rewilding Apennines. In the evening, return to the hotel, dinner, and overnight stay.
5 hours’ walking – 400 m ascent – 400 m descent
DAY 5 – Active conservation of the Freshwater Crayfish
Our last day on the field will be dedicated to the discovery of two more corridor areas and of the Freshwater Crayfish, a key species in freshwater ecosystems whose numbers are declining in most of Europe. The small excursions planned will moreover allow to visit sites of naturalistic and historical relevance for the opportunity of taking back an unforgettable postcard of this experience! During early afternoon end of activities and departure of the participants.
5 hours’ walking – 300 m ascent – 300 m descent
€ 790 / per person
Guide and organisation
Professional indemnity insurance
Nikon Prostaff 8×42 binoculars
Lunch and breakfast
What is not included
Extras and personal expenses
Today the Central Apennines are a real biodiversity reservoir, with wild nature in the middle of the frenetic Italy, at just one hour and a half driving from Rome. The Central Apennines, a huge mountain chain of calcareous peeks that reach a maximum elevation of just under 3,000 meters above sea level, that hide caves, deep canyons, some of the most ancient beech forests of Europe and a wide variety of prairies. Its inhabitants are the Marsican brown bear, the Apennine wolf, red deer, Golden eagle, Griffon vulture and many other endemisms. All that provides opportunities for authentic experiences in the nature of Central Apennines, the wild heart of Italy.
In these beautiful lands, Rewilding Apennines works with local partners to develop large ecological corridors, defined also “coexistence corridors”, by focusing on the connection between the local communities and an always-wilder nature. Those corridors have a total surface of 100,000 ha and connect the main protected areas of the region, such as the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park, the Majella National Park and the Sirente Velino Regional Park.
Within the corridors, the local communities have learned to live together with such a spectacular presence of wild fauna, of which the Marsican brown bear is the most iconic species. Indeed, thanks to the policies of human-wildlife conflicts mitigation, through prevention measures of damages for the agricultural and livestock sectors, the local communities developed a more peaceful attitude towards the wild fauna. This created the basis for new cultural models inspired to the philosophy of conservation and enhancement of natural resources, so that many locals have become real conscious defenders of the wilderness. The actions on the ground are focused on the mitigation practices of man-bear conflicts in order to reduce the mortality index and to increase the awareness of both locals and visitors.
The tourism related to the wildlife watching is combined to other economic possibilities, with the aim of transforming the issues of land abandonment and the man-wildlife conflicts into great opportunities. Agreements amongst landowners, local communities, hunters and livestock breeders allow to create a network of different experiences in nature. Traditional products, such as sheep cheese, mountain wildflowers honey, wild edible herbs are strongly connected to well-preserved and in-balance ecosystems. The people who live here truly appreciate the new opportunities offered by this innovative set of qualities in a modern and more profitable perspective.
Most of the Rewilding Apennines field activities are carried out between spring and autumn when the lack of snow allows to maximize the efficiency on the field. The chances of observing wildlife are also higher during this timeframe. See out calendar date booking calendar for available dates.
Layered clothing is the smartest way to stay at just the right temperature between the long pauses alternating with more intense hours of walking. Even at low altitudes, you’ll need warm, windproof clothing at dawn and sunset.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Soft duffel bag or rucksack
Daypack (25+ litres)
Waterproof jacket with hood
Fleece jacket or similar
Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
Water bottles or water bladder
Sure can! Over 30% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.
The minimum recommended age for Rewilding Week activities is 16+ years.
Ask for a private tour if you need an exclusive experience. Send us an e mail and we’ll answer you back with the quotation.
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.
Our guides are registered at the list of Collegio Guide Alpine Abruzzo and subscribed a professional insurance.
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