The awakening of the spring

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15 May 2020
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3 days - 2 nights
Availability : from May to June
Min Age : 16+
Max People : 10

A spring photo tour in the Abruzzo Lazio and Molise National Park. Experience the awakening of nature in the spring, one of the best periods to visit Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, National Park. You have a lot of opportunities to discover nature: you could experience the variety of blooms, buds of trees that little by little open, you could hear calls of animals after the long and silent winter and the rustle of trees.


Three days for lovers of photography who want to learn or study photographic shooting techniques dedicated to landscapes and blooms. You will have the chance to better your skills and your style thanks to the help of a nature photographer and thanks to hikes and exercises in the magnificent natural setting of Abruzzo National Park.


Each participant will understand the most typical aspects of this protected area thanks to the collaboration with Nikon and the researchers of Abruzzo National Park. The itineraries are planned to obtain the best even according to the seasonal situation of the blooms. During the workshop you will always be able to use lenses and accessories.

Choice of camera equipment;
Advices about photographic shooting;
How to use natural light;
Cleaning of camera equipment, recommendations for trips;
Exposure and focus: how to get the best from your camera;
How to use creatively the combination of aperture value and shutter speed;
How to use filters in landscape photography;


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 each day


7-10 km each day


What is included

  • Guide and organization
  • Photo tour and lessons

What is escluded

  • Food and accommodation
  • Any transports
  • Extra and personal expenses

Day 1The ancient forest of Pescasseroli

Arrival in Pescasseroli (L’Aquila) in the morning, accomodation of participants in the hotel, introduction of the guide and description of the itineraries. Then an hike and photo session through the ancient woods of “Difesa di Pescasseroli” (location of Luc Jacquet’s film “The fox and the child”), where trees take fabulous and mysterious forms. You will have the chance to photograph some endemisms such as the blooms of “Iris Marsica”. In the evening meeting with the staff of Abruzzo National Park, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2Val di Rose, where chamois fly

In the morning there will be a hike from the village of Civitella Alfedena through “Val di Rose” until the “Rifugio di Forca” shelter. The beech forests give way to high altitude meadows where, surrounded by beautiful cliffs and large screes, we could have the opportunity to see chamoises. In the meadows we will photograph gentians, nigritella and other orchids. Then packed lunch near the “Rifugio di Forca Resuni” shelter, exercises concerning landscape photography and return to the valley floor in the evening.

Day 3Camosciara, on your tiptoes and with no hurry

At dawn there will be a walk near Barrea Lake to spot grazing deers and in the morning an easy hike in the natural reserve “La Camosciara” to photograph Lady’s slipper orchid (Cypripedium Calceolus) and many other orchids. Then, return to the hotel and lunch with local products. In the afternoon lecture and development of photographic files in our offices, in Via Molinari; end of the workshop and greetings to the participants.

  • Rare wild flowers & orchid of Central Apennines
  • The real opportunity to see chamois and deer in the wild
  • Sunset and sunrise with a stunning view on the Barrea’s Lake
  • Lights and colors on the top of the mountain of the Park

Accommodation can be organized by our tour leader in small lovely small family managed hotel

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. We always recommend wearing a t-shirt to spare in your backpack.

Wide angle zoom (es. 16-35 on full frame)
Medium tele zoom (es. 24-70 or 24-120 on full frame)
Telephoto zoom (es. 70-200 or 70-300 on full frame)
Macro lens (es. 60 or 105 on full frame)
Filters (circular polarizer, ND, GND, etc.)
Cleaning kit with air blower pump, microfiber cloth


Umberto Esposito is a mountain guide entered on the register of Alpine Guides of the Abruzzo Region and a naturalist photographer. He works between Abruzzo and Molise regions where, among the immense beech forests in the mountains or in the meadows, you can still see some extraordinary animal species. At the end of the nineties the encounter with the bears of the valley and the emotion for the first photographs guided him to what has become his job. Growing he has explored and loved these mountains. He is the creator and the director of Wildlife Adventures project and now he tries to convey the emotions he felt when he was young to those who walk along the paths and the mountains of Central Apennines with him. He has published pictures and articles on Oasis, Trekking&Outdoor, DOVE Viaggi, DRepubblica, Speciale “Qui Touring” of Touring Club Italiano. It’s co-author of the project Forestbeat and of the book Il Segreto dei Giganti, to sustain the nomination of the Apennine beech forests as “UNESCO World Heritage Site” Lazio e Molise.

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 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.