Hike on the Mainarde mountain chain

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.


Saturday 23 June 2018 – Sunday 24 June 2018
Saturday 7 October 2018 – Sunday 8 October 2018

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



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.


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.


€ 80,00 (Saturday-Sunday)
€ 30,00 (Sunday)



Guide and organization
Accommodation in family hotel and half board services


Any transports
Extra and personal expenses


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.



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 Alfedena, rhen proceed to Pizzone. 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.


  • The real chance to spot  the Apennine Chamois on the top of the chain
  • The moonligth that illuminates the peaks of the Mainarde mountain chain of Molise
  • The chickpeas and codfish soup, a typical dish of Molise region, accompanied by a full-bodied wine (Montepulciano d’Abruzzo)


  1. Pizzone
  2. Passo dei Monaci
  3. Monte Marrone
  4. Castelnuovo a Volturno