The ancient forest of Pescasseroli

A ancient beech wood where the trees are keepers of tradition, history and biodiversity



Pescasseroli, Abruzzo

15 people

6 km roundtrip

150 m per day


The hike is also suitable for people who are not accustomed to go into the mountain.

Dates & Prices

This is the forest of La Difesa, a very old wooded pasture, set between steep mountains and known for the monumental beech trees. The typical “candelabra” shape of their trunks is due to pollarding, a pruning method used to produce firewood and leafy branches as food for the livestock.

The excursion follows an easy route in a loop, and can be completed in half a day. It is not particularly difficult, so it is also suitable for families with children. This route can be followed year-round and is especially recommended in summer, when it offers relief from the summer heat, and in autumn and winter, to admire the colours of the leaves or to follow animal tracks in the snow.


Arrival in Pescasseroli (L’Aquila) at 9 a.m and meeting with our guide in our offices at Largo Molinari (Pescasseroli). Short transfer by car to the starting point. The path led us in a 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.


Quota di partecipazione
€ 15 / adult
€ 10 / young (10-14 year-old)
€ 8 / kids (4-10 year-old)

What’s included
Guide and organization

What is not included
Any transports
Extra and personal expenses
Travel insurance

Kit list

Temperatures depend on season and time, warm clothes and dress up in layers is recommended.

Rucksack (18+ litres)
Waterproof jacket with hood
Technical walking trousers
Hiking shoes
Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
Water bottles or water bladder (at least 0.5 l)

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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 hiking is designed for families and children starting 4+ years old. 

Private tour

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.

Refreshment point and toilet services

Refreshment point and toilet services are not available during this hike, you need to bring with you water and snack or fruits.

Bad weather condition

Outdoor activities are weather dependent. If we are forced to cancel an activity due to extreme weather conditions, an alternative date, activity or full refund will be provided. Please note that changes may occur at a short notice, even on the same day.

Need to add 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 è il centro principale del Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise, la più antica area protetta d’Italia, da quasi un secolo a garanzia della vita in armonia con la natura. E’ facilmente raggiungibile in auto attraverso tre punti di accesso.

DA ROMA (A24 Roma-L’Aquila) In auto da Roma si percorre l’autostrada A24 fino al casello di Pescina. Si prosegue sulla SR83 o sulla SP17 sino a Pescasseroli. DA PESCARA (A25 Roma-Pescara) In auto da Pescara si percorre l’autostrada A25 fino al casello di Pescina. Si prosegue sulla SR83 o sulla SP17 sino a Pescasseroli. DA NAPOLI (A1 Napoli-Roma) In auto da Napoli si percorre l’A1 fino al casello di Caianello. Si imbocca la SS85 per Venafro e si prosegue sulla SR83 sino a Pescasseroli.

Pescasseroli è raggiungibile anche in autobus con il servizio pubblico Tua Abruzzo e collegamenti giornalieri da Castel di Sangro e da Avezzano. Per chi proviene da Roma è anche possibile consultare gli orari delle compagnie Flixbus e Prontobus che effettuano collegamenti dagli aeroporti di Roma e Ciampino verso l’Abruzzo.

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