This bicycling itinerary takes you along the roadway winding through charming towns within the Sirente Velino Regional Natural Park and the Gran Sasso Monti della Laga National Park, which are two real monuments to European biodiversity. Providing habitat for thousands of different plant species and animals, the parks are also simultaneously historical treasures due to their ancient settlements.
We are offering some routes via mountain or racing bike through beautiful areas within the Sirente Regional Natural Park and the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga.
Immersed within the nature of Abruzzo, you will get to know the medieval villages, the old villages of the mountain shepherds, the ancient shrines of the saints, the natural caves and the many local traditions still alive in the area. You will have the opportunity to taste the local food- and if you want- even to take a short cooking class taught by the locals! Every night you will stay in cottages or homes that are located in the medieval villages of the area and eat typical dishes of Abruzzo.
Our tours always include a qualified guide who will take care of all the organizational aspects of the trip, in order to remove any planning related stress and to allow you to savor your trip.
DAY 1 – Welcome
Arrival individually or in a group to the destination in Villa Sant’Angelo with accomodations in the La Villa farm. Visit the village of Stiffe and the beautiful caves which are characterized by the presence of an underground river that creates beautiful waterfalls inside of the mountain. Dinner with local recipes and meet with the guide for an overview of the tour.
DAY 2 – The Plateau of Rocks
After breakfast and a provision of local products for the lunch break, you will ascend in altitude to 1300 m in the Sirente-Velino Regional Natural Park. During the tour you will visit: the Protohistoric Necropolis of Fossa sec IX C; the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, the villages of the plateau and the stunning Piana Sirente encircled by beech woods. Overnight stay at the inn La Corte, in the Aterno Valley.
DAY 3 – Navelli, Subequana Valley and Plain
After breakfast and with a “bag of local produce” in hand follow the course of the Aterno River, passing through the small towns of Tione, Goriano Valleys. Then continue to the medieval town of St. Benedict in Perillis to descend into the Plateau Navelli past the picturesque towns of Caporciano and Bominaco to arrive the in the beautiful medieval village of Fontecchio. Dinner and overnight stay in accommodations. Along the way we will visit the villages of Goriano Valli, Acciano, St. Benedict in Perillis, Navelli, Caporciano, Bominaco Castle, with a visit to the beautiful medieval frescoes of the Oratory of San Pellegrino (XII century) .
DAY 4 – Free Day
Day without cycling. Guests are free to decide how to spend the day: relaxing, swimming in the Sinizzo lake, visiting historic wineries, visiting the town of Sulmona etc. Your accommodations will be within the village of Fontecchio.
DAY 5 – S. Stefano di Sessanio, Rocca Calascio, Castelvecchio Calvisio
After a hearty breakfast, the route winds away from Fontecchio towards the beautiful villages of S. Stefano di Sessanio (one of the “most beautiful villages in Italy”); Calascio stronghold with the a beautiful mountain fortress, Castelvecchio Calvisio, with its unique elliptical shape. Dinner and an overnight stay in Castelvecchio Calvisio.
DAY 6 – Campo Imperatore
After breakfast, we will drive to reach the Campo Imperatore, one of the largest plateaus in Italy, where you can visit the Astronomical Observatory, the botanical garden and the village of Castel del Monte. Finally, we will arrive in the village of Ofena where dinner will be provided.
DAY 7 – Peltuinum
After breakfast depart for the Subequana Valley. During the course of the tour you will visit the archaeological excavations of Peltuinum, an ancient Roman city from the first century BC, and the medieval castle of Prata d’Ansidonia.
DAY 8 – Departure
Your departure to return to your place of origin. See you soon!
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By car from Roma/Teramo: exit L’Aquila east from A24, drive in the direction of Pescara, follow SS17 towards Pescara until you reach the SS261 junction, keep to the right in the direction of San Demetrio – Molina Aterno, after 15 Km you will arrive in Fontecchio.
By bus either from L’Aquila and from Sulmona with Arpa bus lines
By train, railway line Terni-L’Aquila-Sulmona until you reach the Fontecchio train station (2 km from the village center).
- Accommodations in cottages or inns in a double room with a private bathroom;
- All indicated lunchs, dinners and tastings;
- The transport of luggage between hotels;
- The assistance of a professional guide;;
- Entrance fees for all visits indicated;
- Wolfy Card.
- Anything that is not mentioned in the “price includes”;
- Optional admittance to the Natural Stiffe Caves;
- Any extra activities carried out upon request;
- The journey to and from the place of origin or the airport.
Min. 6 people (advised to meet the minimum person count or else negotiate a custom quote).