A trekking tour that traces the route of the ancient merchants in the Italian Abruzzo mountain areas. Immerse yourself in the history of the Abruzzo mountains, its markets, and its ancient trade routes.
We are offering some great hikes available within walking distance of the Sirente Velino Regional Park and the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park.
Immersed in nature, you will get to know the medieval villages, the old farming villages of the mountains, the ancient hermitages of the saints, the natural caves and the many traditions remain alive within the area. You will also have the opportunity to taste the local produce and- if you would like- participate in a short cooking class taught by the locals! Every night you will be stay in a bed and breakfast or in a home located in the medieval villages within the area and eat the typical foods and dishes typical of Abruzzo cuisine.
Our itineraries include the involvement of a qualified instructor who will be responsible for taking care of all the practical and organizational aspects of the trek in order to reduce stress and leave you to enjoy the trip.
DAY 1 – Welcome
Individual arrival or transport to the meeting point and accommodation in the village of Villa Sant’Angelo, guided tour to the Stiffe caves, beautiful caves which are characterized by the presence of an underground river that creates beautiful waterfalls inside of the mountain. Dinner with traditional recipes and meet with the guide for an explanation of the tour and further instructions.
DAY 2 – The Pagliare
Walk the Pagliare: ancient villages of the mountain farmers. Packed lunches. From the Pagliare you will come to the village of Fontecchio with a visit to the village and accommodation in the facilities.
DAY 3 – Fishing and the Aterno River
Trekking from Fontecchio in the Goriano Valleys along the Aterno River, where fishing was once the local livelihood. Visit the farm “Vigna di More” to taste organic products and possible wine tasting. Overnight stay at the inn in the Goriano Valleys village. Accomodation in the Goriano Valleys in one of the buildings.
DAY 4 – The Path of Truffles
Trekking the Goriano Valley in San Lorenzo di Beffi passing through the Church of St. Erasmus: a beautiful hermitage in the mountains, with a view of all the mountain ranges of Abruzzo. We will visit the roads frequented over the centuries by truffle hunters in the area. Accomodation in facilities in San Lorenzo Beffi. In the evening the possibility of a cooking workshop about truffles.
DAY 5 – Free Day
Day without excursions. Guests are free to decide how to spend the day: resting, Sinizzo lake, visit to Cantina Valle Reale, visit to Sulmona with the train, etc. Your accommodation will be in Fontecchio.
DAY 6 – The Path of Soul
Trekking from Fontecchio to Caporciano where you will spend the night in a farmhouse. During the course of the tour you will visit the village of Bominaco with a visit to the beautiful medieval frescoes of the Oratory of San Pellegrino, the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption, and the Medieval Castle of Bominaco.
DAY 7 – The Way of Shepherds
Trekking to the Comune di Fagnano Alto where will we staying. The path traces the old Tratturo: the ancient path traveled by the shepherds to bring the herds to graze in the mountains. During the course of the tour you will have the opportunity to visit the archaeological excavations of Peltuinum, an ancient Roman city of 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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