Rewilding the Apennines

Rewilding the Apennines

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Rewilding the Apennines

6 Days Starting and ending in Rome

Visiting: Rome, Pescasseroli, Bisegna

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Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 8

Physical rating:

Medium, Moderate

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Hiking, Trekking

$2859 Operator discount: -$433 Exclusive Tourhub Discount: -$81 -15%

NB: Prices correct on 18-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

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".


  • Experience rewilding in action.

  • Dramatic natural landscapes

  • Italian hospitality and some of the finest local food and wine


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Day 1 : Arrive In Rome; Transfer To Pescasseroli

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Villino Quintiliani Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: No Meals

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.

Day 2 : Visit To The Bear Corridors. 

Location: Pescasseroli

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Villino Quintiliani Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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

Day 3 : Wildlife Tracking; Hike To The Mountain Refuge.

Location: Bisegna

Accommodation Name: Terraegna Mountain Refuge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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)

Day 4 : Mountain Experience And Wildlife Tracking

Location: Bisegna

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Villino Quintiliani Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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. 

Day 5 : Wildlife Tracking.

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Villino Quintiliani Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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.

Day 6 : End Rome

Location: Rome

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

What's Included

  • Meals
    5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinners.

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request for hotel only)

  • Visas and vaccinations



Villino Quintiliani Hotel

A small, stylish four-star hotel just outside the centre of Pescasseroli and in the heart of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park.

Terraegna Mountain Refuge

The newly renovated Terraegna Refuge offers warm Italian hospitality, cuisine and a magical spot to rest in the mountains. High in the peaks, on the saddle between Pescasseroli and Bisegna, the mountain refuge offers a unique setting to rest and spend the night. Accommodation is in a comfortable dorm with bunkbeds for eight people and shared bathroom facilities.

Single supplement is available on request for the hotel only. It is not available for the night in the refuge.


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  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    If you would like to be paired with a tour member of the same gender, there is no additional charge. A single supplement can be requested if you would like your own room.

  • Who is Exodus Travels?

    At Exodus Travels, we've been exploring the world for nearly 50 years. From Walking and Trekking, Cultural and Cycling, Responsible Wildlife, to Polar and our new Premium Adventures, we are proud to offer award-winning small group and self-guided tours to 100+ countries worldwide.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, our local guides are English speaking.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included with this tour.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    The minimum age for this tour is 16 years old.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We are happy to assist with pre and post tour accommodation. Please enquire for detailed information.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Magical and life affirming trip in wild Italy

This trip on Rewilding the Apennines took us on in

This trip on Rewilding the Apennines took us on incredible walks to magnificent views that made us feel we were the only people on earth. We had the opportunity to walk within an European old growth forest and see wolves, chamois, deer, a golden eagle and other wild animals (a bear in action on a camera-trap but not real life, unfortunately!). The walks were just the right amount of challenging and we trekked through stunning wilderness with our incredibly knowledgeable guide, Andrea - a former forester, who enhanced our experience with deep knowledge of the trees, animals and forest ecology. One of the days spent with the Rewilding Apennines team helped give an extra level of expertise about the challenges of nature preservation and community education. The meals on this trip were always freshly cooked and delicious!

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