The ancient road of transhumance in Molise

The journey "The ancient road of transhumance" goes back almost over the entire trail of the Regio Tratturo Ateleta-Biferno. Starting from the Biferno river valley, we cross hilly landscapes up to the Trigno river valley. Afterwards, we climb on the sub-Apennine chains of Frentani Mountains and Mountains of Alto Molise. The journey is characterized by luxuriant rural hilly and silvo-pastoral mountain environments, by the architecture of transhumant pastoral culture, by the beauty of some small villages and coenobies in the open countryside, by the excellent culinary tradition of Molise, as well as by uniqueness of the Croatian-Molise community.

Walking from Larino to Pescopennataro to rediscover Regio Tratturo Ateleta-Biferno and hills and mountains around.

Amazing historical towns

Suggestive atmospheres in the medieval and/or roman historical towns of Larino, Montemitro, Celenza sul Trigno, Torrebruna, Castiglione Messer Marino and Pescopennataro, with their examples of artistic beauty with palaces, churches, fountains, crossroads, museums, Roman anphitheatre and more.

Historical and cultural itinerary

The ancient way of horizontal transhumance: Regio Tratturo Ateleta-Biferno, a historical and cultural asset that connects the Biferno river valley with the pasturage of Monti Pizzi and Majella mountains, shows architectural, religious and cultural statements of the of the itinerant pastoral culture, including towers, churches, abbeys, Roman rustic villas and straight castles.

Sites of Community Importance

Regio tratturo Ateleta-Biferno runs along or crosses many Sites of Community Importance (S.I.C.) of Natura 2000 network, natural areas of high value, for the protection and conservation of habitats and of animal and plant species.

Hilly and mountain environments

The trip allows you to know the hilly areas of the low valleys of the rivers Biferno and Trigno, both characterized by a marked rurality. Once climbed up the northern side of the trignine, we enter the heart of the sub-Apennine chains of Frentani Mountains and high Molise Mountains, covered with woods, fields for grazing and cultivated areas. All the Regio Tratturo is plunged into a silent and solitary nature.

Minority language communities

There are three villages repopulated by Slavs since the beginning of 1500 located along the ancient traditional road: Acquaviva Collecroce, San Felice del Molise and Montemitro. We can admire the first two roads from afar, while we will take a break on the third one to find out the cultural richness of our land and the unique peculiarities that only in Molise can be admired.

Delicious food and excellent drinks

The journey is enriched by the excellent traditional cuisine of Molise and its excellent drinks. Typical products and traditional dishes, often handmade and old-fashioned, cheer up the evenings of walkers. You can taste cheeses such as caciocavallo, pecorino, burrata, manteca and others; cured meats like soppressata, ventricina, capicollo, rolled up ventresca, etc.; white and black truffles. You can drink Moscato white wine and Tintilia red wine.

Folklore and local music

During the rest, you can attend performances of folklore and traditional music typical of the rural and pastoral Molise’s culture and you can visit a social farm and a farmhouse as well.


First day Larino

Arrival at Larino and accommodation. Welcome aperitif and explanation of the journey. Visit of the historical center. Dinner at osteria. Night in Bed and Breakfast.

Second day From Scorciabove's district (Palata) to the junction of Montemitro-Montefalcone nel Sannio (Montefalcone nel Sannio).

Before leaving on foot, we visit the Roman part of Larino. Then, we move by car to Scorciabove, in the countryside of Palata, following Regio Tratturo, which first walks along the course of the homonymous valley and then goes up on Colle della Pietra, from which you can admire Lamaturo’s badlands. (S.I.C. of the Natura 2000 Network). Then we reach the Sanctuary of Madonna di Santa Giusta and continue downhill to the valley of Ac-quaviva, from which you can see Cerreta di Acquaviva (a S.I.C. too) and the homonymous village of Croatian-Molise. Finally, we go up until getting to Montagna (San Felice del Molise) to enjoy the view on Monte Mauro-Selva di Montefalcone, belonging to the Community Importance Site, and then we arrive at the junction of Montemitro-Montefalcone nel Sannio, in Piano della Folta area (Montefalcone in Sannio). Picnic. Dinner at restaurant. Night in B&B or guesthouse.

Technical features of the journey
Duration: 4/5 hours.
Lenght of the trek: 16.4 km.
Total difference in height (up): +806 metres.
Total difference in height (down): -363 metres.
Difficulty: medium.

Third day From the junction of Montemitro-Montefalcone nel Sannio (Montefalcone nel Sannio) to Celenza sul Trigno.

From the junction of Montemitro-Montefalcone nel Sannio we descend into the valley of the Trigno river, passing by the small lake of Lago Grande. Once visited a social farm, we leave the green road and we cross the river on a large bridge, then walk near the Trigno bed. Before reaching Fara tower, we meet the sheeps road and we will be following Regio Tratturo to the small village of Celenza sul Trigno. Picnic. Transfer by car to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Canneto and visit. Transfer by car to the accommodation. Dinner and night in a farmhouse or B&B.

Technical features of the journey
Duration: 4/5 hours.
Lenght of the trek: 13.6 km.
Total difference in height (up): +581 metres.
Total difference in height (down): -469 metres.
Difficulty: moderate.

Fourth day From Celenza sul Trigno to Castiglione Messer Marino.

From the village of Celenza sul Trigno we climb up to the village of Torrebruna. Once crossed the vil-lage, we keep going to almost the top of Colle Mortufo (1086 meters above sea level), from which we enter the valley of the river Treste and inside the S.I.C. Monti Frentani and Fiume Treste. The land-scape changes, from hills to mountain places, with amazing views. Once changed the slope of the val-ley, we climb up the mountains of Colle San Silvestro (1295 meters above sea level) and Colle Trasu-olo (1140 meters above sea level), passing near Castiglione Messer Marino, in Morrecine area. From here we easily get to Castiglione Messer Marino. Picnic. Dinner at restaurant and night in a guest house or B&B.

Technical features of the journey
Duration: 4/5 hours.
Lenght of the trek: 13 km.
Total difference in height (up): +859 metres.
Total difference in height (down): -507 metres.
Difficulty: challenging.

Fifth day From Castiglione Messer Marino to Pescopennataro

From the village of Castiglione Messer Marino we climb along the slopes of Monte Castel Fraiano (1415 meters above sea level), passing by the small lake La Croce. Among continuous gentle ups and downs, in a very suggestive mountain view, we enter the valley of the river Sangro and arrive on Colle dei Soldati (1167 meters above sea level). Then we cross the small valley of Turcano stream, reaching the Green stream. Among woods, bushes and small farms, we arrive at the quaint village of Pescopennataro, which overlooks the Sangro river valley. Picnic. Dinner at the hostel. Night in the hostel.

Technical features of the journey
Duration: 4/5 hours.
Lenght of the trek: 16.4 km.
Total difference in height (up): +712 metres.
Total difference in height (down): -522 metres.
Difficulty: medium.

Sixth day Pescopennataro

Time to say goodbye and go back. After breakfast, transfer by car to Agnone where we visit the historical center. Then we leave Agnone to the railway or bus station of Isernia.

Coming soon Summing-up

- Regio Tratturo Ateleta- Biferno, with its historical and cultural examples of transhumance and farm tradition;
- hilly and mountain environments of Basso Molise, Monti Frentani and Alto Molise;
- the natural beauty shown in the Sites of Community Importance (S.I.C);
- the strong loneliness of places and the high rurality of frentano and vastese;
- the small villages and their historical-artistic heritage;
- the rustic Roman villa and the Medieval sanctuary of Santa Maria del Canneto;
- the ethnic minority of Croatian in Molise;
- local folklore;
- traditional regional cuisine of Molise and Abruzzo;
- zero miles food;
- a cosy and familial place;
- an expert guide always with you.

Period: from April to October.
Duration: 4 walking days involving 4 to 5 hours of walk per day, 5 nights, 6 days overall
Length of the itinerary: 60.4 km.
Total height difference, uphill: +2958 metri.
Total height difference, downhill: -1861 metri.
Difficulty: medium.
Destination: from Larino to Pescopennataro.
Guide: Antonio Meccanici.
Typology: from hill to mountain paths.
Features: itinerant; cultural and historical; folkloristic; natural; food and wine.
Accommodation: bed and breakfast, guest house, agriturismo (farmhouse) and hostel.
Where to eat: osteria, restaurant and agriturismo (farmhouse).
Group size: from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 12 people.

Price: starting from 585 € per person, in a group of 12 people.

The trip can be activated if you are part of a group that goes from a minimum of four to a maximum of twelve, with the technical contribution of one of the tour operators affiliated with us.

Difficulty level (subjective)
Medium (out of five categories: Easy, Moderate, Medium, Challenging, Difficult): 4 hours walking tour per day (about 2 hours and half rest-times, not included), covering a total distance of 60.4 km in four days. The trek is substantially uphill, although, walking through hilly areas and mountains, there are several downhill sections as well. Sometimes the climbs are challenging, but most of the route has no gradients and difficult slopes. Many easy paths. Two days are characterised by a total uphill height differences of just over 800 meters, while the third one they are over 700 meters. Downhills, however, are small. The trekking is suitable to everyone, even if you need to be trained for walking and for ascents a little. Regio Tratturo Ateleta-Biferno is not a technical path and does not present particular difficulties. The journey is on foot and is itinerant. Short trips are by car. Nights are comfortable.

Prices shown here are intended per person.

Prices include
Price includes the following services:
- travel planning;
- welcome aperitif, all breakfasts, lunches and dinners;
- all nights in twin rooms (for single rooms an additional of 5 € is required);
- nature and walking guide;
- insurance;
- luggage transport and transfer during the six (6) days in Molise;
- tax stamp;
- tickets to archaelogical areas or museums;
- extras.

Price will not include
Services not provided:
- trip to Molise, with any transport, and to the way back;
- any services not described.

A lot of partner accomodations are small, with few rooms and few beds. For this reason, “Molisetrekking” needed to be associated with second lodgings for its customer.
It could happen that all first partner accommodation will be booked with few reservations. Therefore, groups will not sleep in the same place.
All accommodation can provide single or twin or double rooms.
Accommodation will be reserved according to the chronological order of trip bookings. The one who books the trip will get first partner accommodation. Once accommodation will be full, second partner accommodation will be booked.


Calendar 2019

from 2 to 12from 2 to 7 november 20196 daysstarting from 585 € (for 6 days)Available
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