The wild heart of Italy

The Central Apennines are the most rugged part of mountain range that stretches down Italy’s spine from the northwest coast to the toe of the boot.

Safari options

  • Italy’s Big Five

    4. May 2016

    Our journey through the Central Apennines rewilding area takes us across thousands of hectares of beautiful rugged mountains, deep valleys and extensive beech forest. This region of Italy is a biodiversity hotspot with abundant populations of iconic species such as brown bears, wolves, deer, wild boars and the endemic Apennine chamois. Little villages still characterised …

  • Among Wolves and Shepherds

    4. May 2016

    This wildlife adventure explores the Central Apennines rewilding area. For four days we journey through one of the most picturesque and interesting regions of Italy where bears and wolves still roam freely in wild nature. Traversing beech woods, highlands and valleys we will observe wildlife in their natural habitats.   This experience focuses on the …


What to see

Dramatic gorges, vast mountain grasslands and ancient oak and beech forests characterize the region where Rewilding Europe works, located just a couple of hours east of Rome. It is a land of wolves, golden eagles and griffon vultures, as well as the endemic Apennine chamois and the region’s most iconic species, the Marsican brown bear.

Several large areas in the Apennines are designated for protection of both the unique natural and cultural heritage, with some of the most iconic national parks in Europe. Combined, they make the Apennines a must visit region for exploration of wild nature, fascinating culture and famous cuisine. Our safaris here focus not only on wildlife, but also on local people who are still living here amongst wolves, with a way of life that has changed little in countless decades and whose warm hospitality is timeless.

We recommend taking a good few days to discover the Central Apennines on our suggested safaris. Each of them will give you a unique access and incite to the mountains, with expert guides, hearty local food and accommodation chosen to ensure the area benefits from rewilding. Rewilding Europe is also offering a bespoken safari itinerary based on specific interests, such as birding, botany, photography, wildlife watching, hiking and much more.

Imagine spending a night in a remote mountain top cottage, eating delicious locally prepared food & wine, sitting near the roaring fire and listening to the sounds of fire, wind and wolves howling under the night sky.

Access

Aiport access: Rome Fiumicino (100 km – 1.5 hrs driving); Pescara (100 km – 1 hr driving). The town of Avezzano can be reached by train or bus from Rome and Pescara. Gioia dei Marsi and Lecce nei Marsi can be reached by public bus. The Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park and the Sirente-Velino Regional Park have a good road access, you can either follow the highway A-24/A-25 from Rome and exit Magliano De’ Marsi, Celano and Pescina, then follow the SS83 towards Pescasseroli, or take the A-25 from Pescara and exit Sulmona, Cocullo or, again, Pescina. From Sulmona there is a freeway SS17 towards Roccaraso/Castel di Sangro, from which you can easily access the southernmost parts of the Central Apennines area.