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Into the green of high Molise

The tour “Into the green of high Molise” offers the great experience of a high-quality naturalistic, landscape and eco-friendly journey. Paths you will go through are characterised by a mountainous territory, that stands out thanks to a lush nature, where woods and grazings reign supreme.


Walking from Carovilli to Agnone and enjoy the beauty of nature, food and art of high Molise.

Historical and cultural itinerary

Evidencies of Samnites, with the defensive stystem around Monte Cavallerrizzo’s peak (1524 meters above sea level) and Vastogirardi’s doric temple. The hermitage of San Luca, carved into the rock and place of meditation since the Middle Ages. The different and fascinating pastoral trulli, where countless generations of transhumant shepherds used to take a rest. The place where Regio Tratturo Celano-Foggia and Tratturello Castel del Giudice-Sprondasino meet, both direct witnesses of centuries of transhumance and priceless historical-cultural heritage.

Amazing historical towns

An added value to the journey is given by the villages you will meet along the way. Soaked in high-profile landscape contexts, each one offers remarkable architectural evidences: Castiglione di Carovilli and its church on the Colle (XV); Carovilli and its church of Santa Maria Assunta; Vastogirardi and its Angevin castle tower (XIII century), with the annexed church of Santa Maria Assunta; Capracotta and its center full of palaces and churches; Pescopennataro, its cliff and its architectural heritage made up of churches and fountains; Castel del Giudice and the church of San Nicola (XV-XVI century); Agnone and its rich historical-cultural heritage, a real jem of Molise.

Peaks to climb

To mountain-climber lovers, you will climb three of the most important peaks of Alto Molise: Monte Cavallerizzo (1524 meters above sea level), Monte Capraro (1730 meters above sea level) and Monte Campo (1746 meters above sea level). All the three peaks are characterised by the presence of superlative rockly environments and lush beech forests, that you will cross along while climbing and descending. In addition, these mountains stand out thanks to long ridges and rocky balconies from which you can enjoy sensational views.

Untouched and wild nature

Really outstanding landascapes that you can admire step by step. You will have many chances to contemplate mountain ranges of Molise and Abruzzo, hills of central and western Molise and southern Chieti, valleys of Sangro’s River and Verrino’s creek (tributary of Trigno), until you even get to see the Adriatic sea on the horizon. The Abeti Sovrani woods will further set this tour apart, an extensive beech forest with large isolated white firs. A forest that is a real rarity throughout the central Apennines.

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 artisan dairies and family-run stables.

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.


Program

First day Colle Arso (Carovilli)

Arrival at Carovilli and welcome aperitif. Accommodation and briefing of the journey. Tour of stables and dinner. Night in riding school.

Second day From Colle Arso (Carovilli) to Vastogirardi.

From Colle Arso’s district (Carovilli) we will go through the beautiful forest of Selva di Castiglione, to get to the hamlet of Castiglione di Carovilli, with its great fortress. Once visited the small center, we head to Carovilli. After, we climb up the mount of Coste Ingotta (1035 meters above sea level), then we walk on the slopes of Monte Ingotta (1185 meters above sea level) to the Guado della Mala Cavuta, between Carovilluccio hills (1076 meters above sea level) and Macchia Pelata (1126 meters above sea level). On Colle Riposi (1098 meters above sea level) we cross the Regio Tratturo Celano-Foggia and enter the woods of Santa Maria and La Selva, along Monte Pizzi (1372 meters above sea level). Then, after crossing Trigno River, we stop in Vastogirardi. Picnic. Dinner at farmhouse. Night in B&B.

Technical features of the journey
Duration: 4/5 hours.
Lenght of the trek: 15 km.
Total difference in height (up): +699 metres.
Total difference in height (down): -499 metres.
Difficulty: easy.

Third day From Vastogirardi to Capracotta.

From Vastogirardi we you reach Piano Sant'Angelo and visit the doric Samnite Temple. Then, go up towards Crocetta and Monte Cavallerizzo (1524 meters above sea level), on whose peaks you can visit one of the most beautiful Cyclopean walls of Sannio pentro. Going around the evocative mountain, you climb up Monte Capraro (1730 meters above sea level), from which you can admire a beautiful view of Molise mountains and southern Abruzzo. Once down from Monte Capraro, we reach Capracotta. Picnic. Dinner in restaurant. Night in B&B.

Technical features of the journey
Duration: 4/5 hours.
Lenght of the trek: 14.5 km.
Total difference in height (up): +934 metres.
Total difference in height (down): -705 metres.
Difficulty: challenging.

Fourth day From Capracotta to Pescopennataro.

We climb Monte Campo (1746 meters above sea level), the highest peak of high Molise, from which you can admire a panorama that sweeps up to the Adriatic Sea. Very characteristic is the long rocky ridge of this mountain, with jumps and rocky spurs overhanging the valley below. Afterwards, we descend to Prato Gentile, a modest but particular circular grassy plateau. Next, we visit the hermitage of San Luca, set on the rock face of the homonymous mountain, cross the beautiful Bosco Abeti Soprani, an ecological rarity of central Apennines, and arrive at Pescopennataro. Transfer by car to Castel del Giudice. Picnic. Dinner in restaurant. Night in ‘albergo diffuso’.

Technical features of the journey
Duration: 4/5 hours.
Lenght of the trek: 12.5 km.
Total difference in height (up): +550 metres.
Total difference in height (down): -712 metres.
Difficulty: medium.

Fifth day From Castel del Giudice to Agnone.

We go along the ancient Tratturello Castel del Giudice-Sprondasino, the minor artery of transhumance in southern Italy. Even if now it does not have its original features anymore, the path is very interesting thanks to its naturalistic and historical-cultural evidences. The pastoral touor goes up the valley of Sangro River, crosses Capracotta and descends into the valley of Verrino River, passing Agnone as far as Trigno River, to join Regio Tratturo Celano-Foggia. Along the way we will encounter several pastoral trulli - dry stone stalls for shelters on rainy and cold days -, many fountains, farms and a road cross. The town of Agnone is remarkable and rich in art. Picnic. Dinner in restaurant. Night in B&B.

Technical features of the journey
Duration: 4/5 hours.
Lenght of the trek: 18.6 km.
Total difference in height (up): +965 metres.
Total difference in height (down): -912 metres.
Difficulty: challenging.

Sixth day Agnone

Time to say goodbye and go back. After breakfast, transfer by car to the Isernia station to get the train or bus.

Into the green of high Molise Summing-up

Features:
- natural richness of Molise region;
- ancient villages on Appennines;
- archeological Samnites sites;
- cultural vestiges of transhumance (the seasonal migration of livestock carried out every year, over the centuries, by local shepards);
- folklore of Molise region;
- traditional regional cuisine;
- Zero mile 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: 60.6 km.
Total height difference, uphill: +3148 metri.
Total height difference, downhill: -2828 metri.
Difficulty: medium.
Destination: from Colle Arso (Carovilli) to Agnone.
Guide: Antonio Meccanici.
Typology: medium level mountain itinerary.
Features: itinerant; cultural and historical; folkloristic; natural; food and wine.
Accommodation: riding school, bed and breakfast and restored house for tourism.
Where to eat: riding school, agriturismo (farmhouse) and restaurant.
Group size: from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 12 people.

Price: starting from 535 € 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 two to a maximum of twelve, with the technical contribution of one of the tour operators affiliated with us.

Difficulty level (sbjective)
Medium (out of five categories: Easy, Moderate, Medium, Challenging, Difficult): 4 to 5 hours walking tour per day (rest-times not included), covering a total distance of 60.6 km in four days. The trail contains a mix of steep uphill and plateau walks. Altitude differentials often exceed 500 meters per day, both uphill and downhill. This itinerary is suitable to everybody who is used to mountain walking. Individual trails, including the Tratturello Castel del Giudice-Sprondasino trail, are not technical and do not have specific challenges. The majority of the itineraries involves walking, except for brief segments by car. Overnights are comfortable.


Details
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 you have to add 50 €);
- nature and walking guide;
- insurance;
- luggage transport and transfer during the six (6) days in Molise;
- tax stamp;
- tickets to archaelogical areas or museums;
- extra.

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, “Antonio Meccanici - 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.


- SE VIENI IN MOLISE IN TRENO, IN AUTOBUS O IN AEREO IL PUNTO DI INCONTRO È ISERNIA O LA FERMATA AUTOBUS VENAFRO-ROCCARAVINDOLA.
- SE VIENI IN MOLISE IN AUTO IL PUNTO DI INCONTRO È CAROVILLI.
- UNA VOLTA IN MOLISE GLI SPOSTAMENTI SONO GARANTITI DALL'ORGANIZZAZIONE.
- ANDANDO VIA DAL MOLISE IN TRENO, IN AUTOBUS O IN AEREO IL PUNTO DI RIPARTENZA È ISERNIA O LA FERMATA AUTOBUS VENAFRO-ROCCARAVINDOLA.
- ANDANDO VIA DAL MOLISE IN AUTO IL PUNTO DI RIPARTENZA È CAROVILLI.
- PER MAGGIORI INFO CLICCA QUI.


Calendar 2019

ParticipantsDatesDurationPriceStatus
from 2 to 12from 1 to 6 june 20196 days starting from 535 € (for 6 days)Available
from 2 to 12from 10 to 15 august 20196 daysstarting from 535 € (for 6 days)Available
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