• Il tramonto sui crinali del Marsicano dal Rifugio di Terraegna

Terraegna valley and the old growth forest of the Park

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7 h
Availability : from April to October
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 15

A nice hike will bring us to an observation point, from where you can see the main peaks of the Central Apennines and admire the patches of old-growth forest of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park. Then downhill to the Terraegna cabin, where we will take a relaxing break and where we can eat lunch, immersed in the big meadows which are used by deer, foxes and wolves.


In the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park scientists have found the oldest beech forests of Europe. It is a complex and very rich ecosystem, whose functioning we just start to understand. Now we want to tell you its story.


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

400 m up and down


8-12 km

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul

John Muir

What is included

  • Guide and organization

What is escluded

  • Lunch in the refuge with local products
  • Any transports
  • Extra and personal expenses

Day 1Terraegna valley and the old growth forest of the Park

Appointment in Pescasseroli at 9 am. Meeting with the guide at our office in Largo Molinari and trip by car to the town of Bisegna. In the centre’s typical little streets we can “read” the history and the traditions of the past. Crossing the Gole d’Appia, we will reach a beautiful valley characterised by ancient forests and dominated by the ridge of the Montagna Grande. When we arrive at the Rifugio di Terraegna we can taste local products and the typical traditional Abruzzo pastries.

  • The real opportunity to see deers, bears and wolves in the wild
  • Lunch 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
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 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.