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This is a country-chic adventure to experience the ancient transhumance, a journey full of magic and emotions, a jump back in history but also in biodiversity. We will venture together to rediscover traditions handed down over the years, now almost disappeared. In this journey, the culinary experience is a testimony of the most ancient flavors. Exploring these areas of Abruzzo and Upper Molise off-road, on foot and on horseback, along the “Tratturo Magno- sheep-tracks” is an experience you should try at least once in your life. It allow us to discover a new rhythm in travel, that of those who have used these routes for thousands of years to take their flocks from the mountain pastures of Abruzzo to the Adriatic Sea. We will meet the shepherds who will show us how to prepare the famous “caciocavallo” cheese and tell us about their traditions. We will also meet those who have not yet stopped making the transhumance and are still the guardians of this ancient route.

 

  1. Rome
  2. Santo Stefano di Sessanio 
  3. Santo Stefano - Montedimezzo - Roccasicura 
  4. Roccasicura - Pescolanciano - Bagnoli del Trigno 
  5. Bagnoli del Trigno - Guardiaregia 
  6. Cusano Mutri - Altilia Sepino - Guardiaregia 
  7. Occhito Lake - Guardiaregia
  8. Guardiaregia - Rome (Possible 3 days extension)

 

This itinerary can be combined with Basilicata - Italy’s secret garden

This is a country-chic adventure to experience the ancient transhumance, a journey full of magic and emotions, a jump back in history but also in biodiversity. We will venture together to rediscover traditions handed down over the years, now almost disappeared. In this journey, the culinary experience is a testimony of the most ancient flavors. Exploring these areas of Abruzzo and Upper Molise off-road, on foot and on horseback, along the “Tratturo Magno- sheep-tracks” is an experience you should try at least once in your life. It allow us to discover a new rhythm in travel, that of those who have used these routes for thousands of years to take their flocks from the mountain pastures of Abruzzo to the Adriatic Sea. We will meet the shepherds who will show us how to prepare the famous “caciocavallo” cheese and tell us about their traditions. We will also meet those who have not yet stopped making the transhumance and are still the guardians of this ancient route.

 

This itinerary can be combined with Basilicata - Italy’s secret garden

Itineraries

Day 1

Rome

Meet and greet at Fiumicino airport and transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Day 2

Santo Stefano di Sessanio • The highest castle in Italy and one of the most beautiful villages of Italy

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We depart in the morning from Rome Fiumicino with the vans. We arrive for lunch in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, where we enjoy two visits. First we reach the Rocca di Calascio, which literally dominates the Tirino valley and the Navelli plateau. The building is so well connected to the surrounding area that it seems to have been created naturally by the mountain itself. Then we visit the “Borgo”, member of the Club The most beautiful villages of Italy, a real gem embedded in the mountains that became known for the trade of "carfagna" wool, a black wool of raw type used mainly for military uniforms and for the habit of the monks, produced in Santo Stefano and worked in Florence.

Day 3

Santo Stefano - Montedimezzo - Roccasicura • Among the wooded areas protected by UNESCO, by jeep, on foot or on horseback

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In the morning we head southwards, to the MAB Reserve of Montedimezzo, one of the only seven Italian biosphere reserve listed by UNESCO under the "Man and Biosphere" Program (worldwide there are 329 in 82 countries). The environment is typical of the inland central-southern Apennines, with variegated forms and predominantly clayey or fliscioid soils (sandstone and marly limestone). The morning activity includes a mixture of off-road and soft trekking across this paradise where absolute silence dominates. The reserve protect deers in difficulty, following their trauma or infirmity and taking special care of them. Lunch is in a local restaurant with an enchanting view. In the afternoon we discover the surroundings on defender off- road vehicles, on foot or riding a horse (a 2-hours-optional activity). Transfer to the farmhouse in Roccasicura.

Day 4

Roccasicura - Pescolanciano - Bagnoli del Trigno • Ancient manufacturing traditions, Paleolithic finds and healing plants

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We start with a nice walk along a part of the sheep track – stock route, which will bring us back in time. We take a short detour to Agnone, to visit to the Pontifical Foundry of Campane Marinelli, an Italian metallurgical family-run company, specialized in the construction of bells, one of the oldest Italian and among the oldest in the world. We walk through the historic center and then lunch in a local restaurant. Heading towards the regional capital, Isernia, we stop in Bagnoli del Trigno and visit the surprising Paleolithic Museum of Isernia, where we can admire all the objects of the archaeological excavation of Isernia La Pineta: paleolithic finds from about 736,000 years ago.
We then move to a prestigious Winery to have a pleasant walk and an optional wine tasting. Return to Bagnoli del Trigno, considered the capital of biointegrated medicine. The hotel where dinner is scheduled for the night offers a cuisine with healthy dishes based on organic and natural products.

Day 5

Bagnoli del Trigno - Guardiaregia • A deep experience of shepherds’ daily life

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This morning we walk along the sheep track southwards, towards Frosolone and we continue off-road on a 4X4 crossing the rivers many times experiencing a true adventure. We take a pleasant picnic lunch with all comfort in the nature, as an “open-air restaurant”. In the afternoon we continue our journey with the off-road vehicles. We will be hosted by a shepherd to learn more about his lifestyle, traditions and how we prepare a local and delicious cheese or other milk products. We then move to a farmhouse for dinner and overnight. Here we enjoy a memorable experience tasting the delicious dishes and sleeping in the enchanting rooms.

Day 6

Cusano Mutri - Altilia Sepino - Guardiaregia • Discovering the Samnite Apennines, wading across rivers and reliving the places of battle between Romans and Samnites

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We start the morning driving along the route on the Matese Mountains, the most important massif of what is called the Sannita Apennines, a place steeped in history, as well as characterized by a superlative nature. We cross over for a few kilometers into the Campania region, in Cusano Mutri, for an unusual water trekking, a real river walking. After lunch we reach Altilia Sepino. Here we admire an incredibly well-preserved Roman settlement, which clearly shows all the characteristics of the urban structure. We access the archaeological area through one of the wonderful doors located along the walls, we observe the remains of the ancient towers and trample the Decumanus, whose sides are home to the artisan shops, fountains and thermal baths. We return to our farmhouse for dinner and overnight.

Day 7

Occhito Lake - Guardiaregia • The enchanting scenery of the woods on the slopes of the lake

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In the morning departure for Occhito Lake, an artificial lake that rises on the border between Molise and Apulia, created by the barrier on the Fortore river: a true oasis of peace. The lake is a fundamental wetland, a stop for migratory birds, including the gadwall, the wigeon, the shoveler, the tufted duck, the pochard, the wild goose and the cormorant. After lunch in a restaurant it is be possible to continue exploring the area on foot or on horseback (as an optional activity)
Return to the farmhouse for dinner and overnight.

Day 8

Guardiaregia - Rome (Possible 3 days extension)

In the morning transfer by minibus to Termini station or Rome Fiumicino airport. (If you are interested in the 3 days extension please contact us)

Price: on request - based on 4-12 pax travelling
For further information on the price or a tailor-made quotation please contact us at info@out-of-italy.com or fill in the "Trip Enquiry" here above.

 

The quote includes: meet and greet at the airport/train station from/to Rome, transfer to and from the hotel, minibus or bus (according to groups size), 4x4 cars for the whole trip, overnights in FB (full board) in hotels (except on day 1 which is only in BB), farmhouses and holiday farms, local tax, entrance fees to parks and Museums, local guides, Tour Leader (in addition to the local guides when required).

 

The quote does not include: extra drinks, horse riding, Meals not specified in the inclusions, tips, travel insurance, personal expenses and anything not included in the inclusions.

 

Group departures: 06/05/2022 - 06/06/2022 - 11/07/2022 - 19/09/2022 - 17/10/2022

 

Overnight and meals - Country-chic accommodation with excellent comfort. All the structures have been carefully selected for their excellent service and suggestive locations. All meals on the main tour are included.

 

Organization and transport - The groups will be from 6 to 10 participants in July and August and up to 12 participants in September and October. We will move with the vans only for transfers from Rome to Abruzzo and from Molise to Rome. The rest of the tour will be done with a Land Rover Defender 4x4 vehicle. Local guide on site and tour leader from Rome. On request, the trip can also be organized on a 2-5 participant basis.

 

Climate - The wide territorial and altitude extension of this tour means that different types of climate can be found, from Mediterranean to temperate in the lower areas and in the higher ones. Depending on the month, at winds and at the time of day, the temperature may fluctuate from 25 ° C to 5 ° C. Rainfall is scarce from July to October.

 

Travel characteristics and level of difficulty - Itinerary suitable for nature and history
enthusiasts, eager for a good dose of adventure that does not neglect comfort.

 

Travel in safety - The current itinerary is quoted according to the current safety/health law. The transport will allow the social distance between the passengers. In case regional laws will now allow certain attractions or Hotels to open we shall amend the itinerary according with the price to reflect the changes. We shall do everything is in our power to operate the itinerary as described above.

 

For logistics or technical reasons, the itinerary can be run with some amendments on the sequence of the visits and excursions

The literal translation of Borgo in English would be “Hamlet” or “Village“ but these words do not fully explains the meaning of “Borgo” is.
A “Borgo” is a fascinating, ancient, small Italian town, generally fortified and dating back to the period from Middle Ages to Renaissance. Walking in a “Borgo” is a step back in time, a walk through history, a typical Italian experience.

Rocca Calascio Castle is the highest castle in Italy. The fortress should date back to the year 1000 even if the first historical act which testifies its presence dates back to the 1380. It originally had a military and strategic function and, over the centuries, soldiers, servants, shepherds, farriers and merchants settled in the surrounding lands with their families to be close to the fort and ensure the protection of its walls. From up there it was easy to check the roads of the valley. Also for the transhumance its role was fundamental, becoming at the Medici temple an economic crossroads for wool and fabrics. The white stone structure has a central body, a wall circle and four corner towers with a circular base and steep slopes. Access was through an opening on the eastern side located about five meters from the ground, which was accessed via a wooden ramp, originally retractable, resting on stoned shelves. The castle was damaged by the earthquake of 1348 and subsequently by that of 1461. It has been restored many times between 1986 and 1989.

One of the aims of the MAB project is to emphasize the relationship between man and forest: man is therefore not a stranger to the forest ecosystem but, with his multiple activities, he is influenced and he influences the forest itself. This area is ideal for horse riding, away from roads and people. The landscape varies from hilly to medium mountains.