• Wolf tracking in Abruzzo, alla scoperta dei grandi spazi selvaggi

Wolf tracking in Abruzzo

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12 March 2021
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3 days - 2 nights
Availability : from November to April
Min Age : 14+
Max People : 8

The wolf is securely the animal that has attracted people’s imagination more than all the others since the ancient times. An extraordinary, intelligent and adaptable predator, that is able to travel through long distances and to survive in hostile environments and with scarce food resources. A little number (maybe less than 100) of wolves survived in the central-southern Apennine around the end of the 1960s. Then, the wolf has slowly but progressively expanded its area through a spontaneous recolonization process during the last 30/40 years. Nowadays a wolves population organized with a minimum of 7 or 8 packs has been living in the territory of the Abruzzo National Park.


During this three-day experience we will explore the extraordinary social life of wolf, following the paths and the valleys of the Park, participating also to beautiful evening hikes. We will discover its role of predator, its great adaptability to Italian territory, but also the historical and difficult relationship with human being.


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

Fra tutte le specie della fauna italiana, il lupo è una delle più affascinanti: ha visto nascere la città di Roma, ha una vita avventurosa che si svolge prevalentemente all’agguato nei boschi e nelle praterie, è intelligente nella caccia alle prede, è esteticamente perfetto, è stato amato da San Francesco d’Assisi, è stato perseguitato in tutti i modi, negli anni ’60 era giunto all’orlo dell’estinzione, negli anni ’80 si è ripreso a seguito dei provvedimenti di tutela, oggi è arrivato nuovamente sulle Alpi dove mancava da oltre 100 anni

Franco Pedrotti

What is included

  • Guide and organization
  • Accommodation half board services in a hotel
  • Headlamps, binoculars and Nikon spotting scopes

What is escluded

  • Packed lunches or lunches in restaurant
  • Any transports
  • Extra and personal expenses

Day 1How many wolves are there

Arrival in Pescasseroli, in the afternoon check in and accommodation of participants in the hotel and introduction of the guide. At 4 pm departure for an easy hike until the sunset. Arrive to the hostel in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2Live like a wolf in a man world's

Departure at sunrise for a hike along the southern slope of mountain, a very panoramic territory and pasture area of deers and other wild ungulates. Historically, this area has been frequented from wolves. Then there will be packed lunch and transfer to Civitella Alfedena, visit to the Apennine Wolf Museum. During the afternoon arrive to the hotel and evening hike to try to hear the howling of wolves. Return to the hotel during the night using torches; dinner based on local products and overnight stay.

Day 3The pack, a couple and the sons

At dawn, we will be protagonists in the beautiful scenery of Pianoro Le Forme, at the foot of Mount Meta and of the Mainarde mountain range. A strong emotional impact place, characterized by rugged and wild mountains, fascinating for who lives far from this kind of landscape. There will be a hike until Passo dei Monaci to try to spot deers and chamoises. In the afternoon return to the valley, a cup of hot chocolate, a tasting of local products and departure of participants.

  • The real opportunity to see or to hear wolves
  • The philosophy of this initiative with a limited number of participants
  • A starry sky among the tops of the forest, in place where light pollution is absent
  • Tales of shepherds from Abruzzo region 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

Hiking boots, jacket with waterproof and windproof cap, backpack, water bottle, leggings, hat and gloves of wool or fleece (in winter are always better than waterproof), sunglasses, long pants and sun protection cream. During the ambushes can be cold so we recommend dressing in layers.

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.