Last weekend, TENT hosted another group of guests out in Abruzzo for a pretty magical autumnal experience!
Guests arrived at the sweet little town of Pescasseroli and settled into their hotel for the trip, Albergo Villino Quintilliani – a quaint family run hotel. The afternoon was spent out and about in the surrounding forests looking out for wildlife and checking out sites for camera traps.
The first day in Italy was spent at Monte Meta which is an area in the southern area of Abruzzo National Park ideal for wildlife watching. The group was lead by guides from Salviamo l’Orso who answered guests’ questions about the ecology and biodiversity of the region, and shared updates about the projects going on in the area.
Salviamo l’Orso are involved in the planting of fruit trees to encourage Marsican brown bears to feed in specified areas. This helps to expand the areas in which they move, but also helps to keep them out of the local towns and therefore lowers the possibility of human-wildlife conflict.
After a visit to the brown bear centre of Pizzone, guests enjoyed a meal back at Albergo Villino Quintilliani and a restful night’s sleep ahead of an early start the next morning.
Abruzzo is famous for its beech forests and the colours at this time of year are nothing short of spectacular. The landscape makes the perfect setting for walking and hiking, but also biking – something that our guests enjoyed very much!
The cycle route took the group to Macchiarvana and Camporotondo, through forests and across plains bright with autumn colours. Very importantly the group stopped for a lovely sunny picnic of delicious home made focaccia!
The third night of the trip was spent in the charming and cosy Terraregna mountain refuge, a hike away from civilisation and the perfect wilderness escape!
Guests had an enormous amount of luck with the wildlife and not only came across a rather friendly fox, but also got to see some very exciting footage on one of the camera traps.
We hope our guests took some happy memories and new knowledge from their trip – the photographs certainly show a memorable experience and opportunity to connect to nature!