(3 Days/2 Nights)

Brief Description

Journey to discover the true and unspoiled nature of the Maiella National Park, a strip of verdant land and wild flora, marked by centuries-old beech forests and majestic barren peaks, wildflower meadows and trails that lead to solitary hermitages perched or entrapped in stone. In the three days of walking, you can visit some of the most evocative hermitages of Pope Celestine V, born Pietro da Morrone, who lived here circa 1260 AD. You will reach the hermitages along those same millennial paths crossed by shepherds and hermits who lived inside the small cramped dwellings carved into the stone, silent places of prayer and meditation, ideal for contemplating nature that is primitive, near mystical.

Highlights

  • Visit the millennial hermitages set in the rocky mountainside
  • Breathtaking landscapes, wild open spaces, jagged peaks, green meadows, winding paths
  • Environments features a significant biodiversity of flora and fauna
  • Warm and welcoming local hospitality
  • Dishes and specialties of the area’s culinary tradition featuring pecorino goat cheese, homemade pastas, succulent kebabs and barbecued lamb

Daily schedule

Day 1 – Village of Roccamorice 

Arrival in the town of Roccamorice (CH), 520 meters above sea level.

Overnight stay in Roccamorice at B&B Santo Spirito  or at Agriturismo Tholos 

Day 2 - On the trail of Celestine V, Santo Spirito and hermitages of San Giovanni

Day: 13.5 Km total, 1,073 m altitude difference, 1,420 m altitude downhill, walking time 5h 30min (including pauses).

Transfer by car to the starting point of the path that will lead you to discover two of the most charming hermitages of the Maiella: the Hermitage of the Santo Spirito, Holy Spirit, and the hermitage of San Giovanni. The path ends at Decontra (fraction of Popoli), a small village with typical stone houses.

Overnight stay in Decontra at Agriturismo Pietrantica

Day 3  – On the trail of Celestine V, hermitage of San Bartholomew in Legio

Day: 5.10 Total Km, 222 m difference in height, 228 m altitude downhill, walking time 4 hours (including breaks).

The trail will take you to know the lonely isolated hermitage of San Bartolomeo in Legio and its overhanging stone ridge. The hermitage, built before 1000 AD, was restored by Pietro da Morrone who lived here between 1274 and 1276. Along the trail you will admire the tholos, agro-pastoral structures built entirely with dry stone, once used as shelters.

Recomended Season:

Autumn, spring, summer.

Difficulty level:

Level 3/5:

Moderate hiking, 4-5 hours a day (excluding breaks) in mountainous areas, on well-maintained, documented trails, sometimes with steep gradients between 500 and 1000 meters. Requires a good knowledge of the mountain, good physical preparation to walk, surefootedness, balance.

Equipment

What to pack: a water bottle, some patches (useful in case of blisters), disinfectant, bandages and gauze, insect repellent, sunscreen, a whistle.
The weather conditions in the mountains can change suddenly, so we recommend you dress in layers. For upper body, we suggest a water absorbent/heat expellent mesh T-shirt to maintain a balanced body temperature, so the skin breathes, and perspiration is absorbed or dries. Then, a sweater, plus jacket or vest, better with detachable sleeves, a windbreaker (ex. hooded K-way) or a waterproof jacket with hood. Lower body: Pants must allow for comfortable movement. Socks must be thick to allow feet to be comfortable without being overly affected by the roughness of the terrain. Recommended: lightweight and very comfortable boots, Gore-Tex coated to ensure dry feet.  Bring a change of socks, pants and shirt, to be kept in a closed plastic bag inside your backpack to prevent from getting wet in the rain.

Water & fountains along route

Along the way it is possible to draw water on both days (the fountains are marked on the road book).

Availability GPS tracks

GPS tracks available (to be requested after the booking).

Accomodations

Comfort 2/4: Hotel, Inn, B & B, villas, with private bathroom, usually well located.
The meals offers tasty local dishes.

Price per person

From € 85.00 with accommodation in a double room

Included

  • 2 nights with breakfast service in 3 star hotel with accommodation in double room
  • Telephone support 24 hours 24
  • Road book and route map

Excluded

  • Flight and other transport links to the starting point
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra charges and various such as food, beverages, phone cards etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in this program

Optional Service

  • Luggage transport from Roccamorice to Decontra a / r
  • Transfer to the recovery of their own transport to the starting point
  • Pocket lunch
  • Transfer from / to the airport and the train station of Pescara
  • hiking guide, accompanying mid-mountain

How to get here

By car:

• FROM THE NORTH: From the Highway Adriatic A14 towards Ancona, exit at Pescara Ovest / Chieti and take Asse Attrezzata Road towards Chieti, then SS 81 Road  towards Guardiagrele and to Bocca di Valle.
• FROM THE SOUTH: From the Adriatic A14 towards Pescara, exit at Val di Sangro, follow the direction Villa Santa Maria, take the SS 652, continue on SS 81 towards Guardiagrele and then to Bocca di Valle.

By train:

You can reach the Station of Pescara and continue to Guardiagrele by bus. To check train timetables visit the website of the State Railways (Ferrovie dello Stato).

By bus:

ARPA Bus (Abruzzo Regional Public Bus Co): Visit the website for routes available to Guardiagrele
Bus Sangritana: For information on all routes to reach Guardiagrele

Other Bus Companies operating in the Provinces of Chieti and Pescara
(Check websites for destinations and schedules):

Bus Satam (Group La Panoramica)
Bus Di Fonzo
Bus Di Febo – Capuani
Bus Di Carlo

 

INFO & RESERVATIONS:

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Phone: +39 339/2202958
info@maiellawalking.it
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