(3 days/2 nights)

Brief description

Journey to discover the true unspoiled nature of the Maiella National Park, a strip of green land and wild flora,of wild land and flora, characterized by centuries-old beech forests and majestic barren peaks, wild flowered meadows, and winding paths that lead to solitary hermitages perched or trapped in stone. The route takes in scenes of incomparable beauty, environments inhabited by otters, wolves, deer, wild boar and chamois. The route starts from Bocca di Valle (Guardiagrele) and arrives at the Monastery of San Liberatore a Maiella (Serramonacesca), one of the most important examples of Romanesque architecture in Abruzzo.

Highlights

  • Breathtaking landscapes, open spaces and wild, jagged peaks, meadows
  • Environments featuring a significant biodiversity of flora and fauna

  • Warm, welcoming local hospitality

  • Dishes and specialties of the culinary tradition of the area: pecorino goat cheeses, home-made pastas, succulent lamb, barbecued kebabs.


Daily schedule

Day 1 - Nature and culture, Bocca di Valle and the village of Guardiagrele

Arrival in Bocca di Valle. We are approximately 5 km from the center of Guardiagrele, 650 meters above sea level.

Overnight stay Bocca di Valle (Guardiagrele) at Hotel Bocca di Valle or at Hotel Patermontium 

Day 2 - Bocca di Valle Passolanciano, waterfalls of San Giovanni and breathtaking views of Maielletta

Day: Km 16.8 total, 8.01 km uphill, downhill 8.27 km, travel time 6h 30 min (including pauses)

From the very start of the journey, you are immersed in a natural environment of exceptional beauty. After a pleasant walk in the woods below, you reach the spectacular waterfall of San Giovanni, altitude: 1080 meters above sea level.


To make the first day’s excursion easy and simple, you can choose the car transfer in Piana delle Mele (4 km from the residence) and begin the path from here.

Overnight stay In Passo Lanciano at Hotel La Maielletta municipality of Pretoro

Day 3 - Maiella retreat and monasteries, passo Lanciano San liberatore Maiella (Serramonacesca)

Day: 10.37 Km Total, 2.66 km uphill, downhill 7.91 km, walking time 4 hours (including breaks)


Mostly downhill, it will lead to the discovery of the Monastery of San Liberatore a Maiella, elegant and ancient Romanesque architecture in the town of Serramonacesca.

Along the way you can visit the characteristic hermitage of Sant’ Onofrio Serramonacesca, tucked under a boulder, on two levels, composed of a church and former living quarters. Originally, the cave was thought to be a retreat for prayer, later converted to agro-pastoral activities.


Recommended Season

Autumn, spring, summer

Difficulty level:

Departing from Bocca di Valle – Level 4/5: Strenuous hike in mountainous areas and in high altitude. 5-7 hours of walking per day, on well-maintained, documented trails. The ascent and descent varies from 1000 to 1500 meters. You may have to cross snowfields that are not steep, or to wade streams. Required: very good knowledge of the mountain environment, good physical preparation for the walk, suitable equipment, surefootedness, good equilibrium.
Departing from Piana delle Mele – 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. Required: a good knowledge of the mountain, good physical preparation, good balance.

Equipment

What to pack: 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 repellent 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 the foot to be comfortable without being overly affected by the roughness of the terrain.

Recommended: lightweight and very comfortable boots, Gore-Tex coated, to ensure feet remain dry.
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 supply along the 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).

Accomodation

Comfort 3/4: Hotel, Inn, B & B, villas, with private bathroom, usually well-located.
The meals offers tasty local dishes.

Price for person

From € 80.00 per person with accommodation in a double room

 

Included

  • 2 nights with breakfast service in 3 star hotel with accommodation in double room
  • Telephone support 24/7
  • 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 Bocca di Valle Fonte Tettone Departure/Return
  • Transfer for the recovery of the own vehicle to the starting point
  • Packed lunch
  • Transfers to / from the airport and the train station Pescara
  • Hiking Guide, mid-mountain guide

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 the SS 81 towards Guardiagrele, and later 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
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