• La splendida catena delle Mainarde

Hike on the Mainarde mountain chain

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2 days - 1 night
Availability : from June to October
Min Age : 14+
Max People : 15

A long and exciting hike on the ridge of one of the least frequented and wildest areas of the Park. A path that will take us back in time near the cave of the bloodthirsty bandit Domenico Fuoco. He died near the Mount Meta in the night between 17th and 18th of August 1870, in the German trenches that can still be observed on the ridge of Mount Mare and Mount Marrone. These mountains were witnesses of the advance of “Corpo Italiano di Liberazione” (Italian army corp during the second world war) in the spring of 1944 and they hosted the shelter of Charles Moulin. He was a singular painter who decided to leave Paris in the first years of 1900; he was a famed painter, but he decided to leave almost completely alone on the peaks of these mountains.


History, nature and emotions on the peaks of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park


Moderate The hike has no technical difficulties, it takes place on mountain trails in wooded areas and meadows with climbs and descents of average slop

Elevation gain

1230 m up and 750 down


20 km each day

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn

John Muir

What is included

  • Guide and organization
  • Accommodation in a mountain hut
  • Headlamps, binoculars and Nikon spotting scopes

What is escluded

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

Day 1Valle di Mezzo

Arrival in the late morning in the village of Pizzone and meeting of the participants. Visit to the Marsican Brown Bear Visitor Centre and move to the hotel. Then, afternoon hike following the tracks of bears; chance to admire and photograph colorful orchids. In autumn a hike to admire the beautiful colors of forest. Late evening return to the valley; dinner with local products and overnight stay.

Day 2Hike on the Mainarde mountain chain

At dawn, after breakfast, departure for a high-altitude hike until “Passo dei Monaci” Pass. We will walk along the ridge of the Mainarde mountain chain, the path is all ups and downs, and there will be an altitude among 1800 and 2200 meters above sea level. This itinerary is characterized by meadows and karts phenomena and there are beautiful views on the Abruzzo and Lazio regions sides of Abruzzo National Park. If there are good weather conditions it is possible to see Gran Sasso, Vesuvius, Capri and Ischia Islands. Packed lunch. When we will arrive at the southerness point of the Mainarde mountain chain, that is Mount Marrone, an easy path will lead us to the valley through a beech forest.

  • The real chance to spot the Apennine Chamois on the top of the chain
  • The chickpeas and codfish soup, a typical dish of Molise region, accompanied by a full-bodied wine (Montepulciano d’Abruzzo)
  • Tales of shepherds who lived in this mountains for several centuries

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, non smelling mosquito repellent. We always recommend wearing a t-shirt to spare in your backpack.

How to reach us

Pizzone is one of the village of Abruzzo Lazio and Molise 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 two access points. FROM ROME (Highway A1 Naples – Rome): highway A1 until San Vittore del Lazio exit, enter SS85 towards Venafro and then proceed SS158 until Alfedena/Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo exit. FROM PESCARA (Highway A25 Roma – Pescara): from Pescara highway A25 until Pratola Peligna exit, go on towards SS17 until Pescasseroli. FROM NAPLES (Highway A1 Naples – Rome): from Naples highway A1 until Caianello exit, enter SS85 towards Venafro and then proceed SS158 until Alfedena/Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo exit.

You can arrive by bus thanks to daily connections from Venafro. Check the timetable on the the website www.casna.it. Connections by train are only until Venafro station. For those who come from Rome it is possible to check the timetable of company that connects Roma to Molise.