Rewilding the Apennines
Discover the people and places at the heart of ‘rewilding’.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
The process of “rewilding” helps to restore our nature’s ecosystems and biodiversity, for wildlife to return and thrive, while also combatting climate change by increasing the land’s ability to absorb carbon.During this six-day experience, you will witness the intimate relationship between wild nature and local communities. This is the perfect way to see first-hand the beneficial impact of rewilding and the importance of using wildlife corridors to connect protected areas, thereby supporting the comeback of iconic indigenous species. The wild and dramatic landscape here is home to chamois, deer, wolves and golden eagles, as well as the rare Marsican brown bear. In addition to wildlife, we experience the region’s ever hospitable people and their colourful and authentic culture.Led by highly skilled nature guides and sustained by some of the finest local food and wine, a journey into the Central Apennines is truly is an exploration of Italy’s “wild heart”.This trip visits the area that is being rewilding in partnership with Rewilding Europe, through our Nature and Carbon Corridors project.
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listed activitiesFlights from London (if booking incl. flights)Transfer for
Arrive in Rome; transfer to Pescasseroli
Arrive in Rome, your transfer awaits. You will be driven east- within 3 hours you will arrive in the quaint mountain town of Pescasseroli and check in at the Albergo Villino Quintiliani.After you settled into your room, you will ‘meet the team’. We will enjoy a special presentation on rewilding in the area by the Team leader of Rewilding Apennines: Mario Cipollone, and will be introduced to our local nature guide, Umberto Esposito.Overnight at Hotel Sport Daniel or similar
Visit to the bear corridors.
After breakfast in the hotel, we enjoy an exclusive visit to the bear corridors with Mario Cipollone who will guide us through the measures being taken here. In one of the Bear Smart Communities we see how they have dramatically reduced bear damage and increased social acceptance of them through the installation of about 100 electric fences since 2015, along with the deployment of bear-proof waste bins. We also see just why and how these corridors are vital to the protection of the local community as much as the bears themselves as we visit local entrepreneurs, farmers and shepherds in the region to hear their stories about how wolves and bears are part of the area, and of their lives. Overnight at Hotel Sport Daniel or similar
Wildlife tracking; hike to the mountain refuge.
An early morning start to look for wolves and other wildlife in the valley and learn about human/wildlife conflict and mitigation. Return to the hotel for a hearty breakfast. (3h walk – 5km – 300 m ascent – 300 m descent) After breakfast, we will start our hike to the Mountain Refuge Bisegna. We enjoy dinner with local wines and cheese at the refuge and gaze at the stars before a good night’s rest at the refuge. (2h walk – 8km – 400 m ascent) Overnight at Mountain Refuge Bisegna
Mountain experience and wildlife tracking
Wake up surrounded by mountains and enjoy an early morning mountain experience, hike and wildlife tracking. We have our breakfast back at the refuge before we leave for a midday hike and remote picnic lunch, visiting critical water points or see the extensive removal of unused barbed wire fences, and wells made safe by metal grids to prevent animals from falling and drowning in them. Overnight at Hotel Daniel or similar
Early morning hike in search of wolves, bears and other wildlife. Breakfast at the refuge and hike down to town, stopping for a picnic lunch on the way back. In the afternoon we will be able to enjoy a shower and some time to relax at the hotel.Overnight at Hotel Daniel or similar
Breakfast at the hotel, one last Italian coffee at the village square in Pescasseroli, and we will start our transfer back to Rome or Pescara.