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Winter Wolf Tracking in Italy’s Apennines

Winter Wolf Tracking in Italy’s Apennines

The wolf is an extraordinary, intelligent and adaptable predator, that is able to travel through long distances and survive in hostile environments and with scarce food resources. Less than 100 wolves survived in the central-southern Apennines around the end of the 1960s. Since then, the wolf has slowly expanded its area through a spontaneous recolonization process. Nowadays, seven or eight packs of wolves are living in the territory of the Abruzzo National Park.

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

This wild landscape is also home to chamois, deer, the rare Marsican brown bear, and golden eagles. As well as welcoming people and its rustic villages.

With an expert local guide, you’ll learn about its important role as a predator, its mastery of the Italian interior, along with the historical and sometimes challenging relationship with humans here.

Day 1 Rome-Fiumicino Airport to Pescasseroli

Arrive in Pescasseroli, in the afternoon, check in the hotel and introduction of the guide. In the late afternoon, departure for an easy hike until the sunset. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2 Wolf tracking and wolf howling

Sunrise hike along the southern slope of the mountain. Historically, this area has been frequented by wolves. Packed lunch and transfer to Civitella Alfedena, visit to the Apennine Wolf Museum. Afternoon time at the hotel. 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.

Days 3 Wolf tracking and wolf howling

We’ve dedicated a second day to wolf tracking in order to maximize our chances of a close encounter with wolves. We’ll rise early again so we’re on the trail at sunrise. There’s time after our morning activities to rest and relax, or to enjoy some local gastronomy. We’ll take an evening hike in the hope of hearing wolves before returning in the dark to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4 Deer and Chamois tracking before departure

At dawn, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of Pianoro Le Forme, at the foot of Mount Meta and of the Mainarde mountain range. There will be a hike until Passo dei Monaci to try to spot deers and chamois. In the afternoon return to the valley, a cup of hot chocolate, a tasting of local products and head back to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 Departure to Rome Rome-Fiumicino Airport


Dates

November to April (winter)

Details

The recommended trip duration is 5 days/ 4 nights. 

Additional days can be added in Rome or Naples along with private transfers as required.


 Season

November to April (winter).


 Guide

Umberto, Valeria or Marco.


 How to get there

Closest airports are Rome Fiumicino and Pescara Airport.
We can arrange private transfers for you from Rome-Fiumicino Airport for a comfortable 3 hr drive to the town of Pescasseroli. You can also reach Pescasseroli by train (to Avezzano) and we can provide a private transfer from the station to Pescasseroli. www.tuabruzzo.it


 Languages

English, Italian


 What’s included

  • Tour transfers.
  • Half-board in double rooms with services, support of official nature guide.
  • Binoculars and Nikon spotting scopes rental.
  • Use of a thermal camera.
  • Dinner in restaurants and bivouac.


 Not included 

  • Lunches or packed lunch and anything not mentioned.
  • Additional nights in Rome or Naples.
  • Transfer from and to Rome Fiumicino or Pescara Airport.
  • Flights.


 Accommodations

Four nights in local family-run hotel in a double room. 

Prices

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Please enquire for pricing which varies with private group size.

Stays in Rome or Naples can be added to the itinerary on request along with private land transfers.

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