Trails of Matese in wintertime

Next departure: 28 december 2021

The tour “Trails of Matese in wintertime” gives the chance to experience a high-quality naturalistic, historical-cultural, architectural and enogastronomic holiday. Starting from countryhouse close Sepino, we move along the major natural and historical-artistic reality of Matese moutains, alternately by snowshoes trekking and walking tour.

Duration: 4 walking days, 5 nights, 6 days overall.
Destination: Sepino, Monti del Matese e Campobasso.

Typology: mountain in a snowy environment.
Features: cultural and historical; experiential; natural; food and wine.

Accommodation: countryhouse.
Where to eat: countryhouse.
Group size: 8 people.

Difficulty: Medium
A few moderate uphills. Many downhills and plateau walks. The trail contains a mix of steep uphill and plateau walks. The total uphill and downhill height differences are about or slightly exceed 600 meters. The routes do not present any technical difficulty (use of mountaineering equipment). Hikings are suitable to everybody, though you need to be trained for mountain walking and on the snow (if any). Hikes are on foot. Fixed and same place for the overnight. Short trips are by minivan. Overnights are comfortable.

Length of the itinerary: 52 km.
Total height difference, uphill: +2110 m.
Total height difference, downhill: -2180 m.

Suggestive atmospheres in the medieval historical centers of Guardiaregia, Roccamandolfi and Campobasso, with their examples of artistic beauty with palaces, churches, fountains, crossroads, gardens and more.

trekking campitello matese campobasso molise

Program

Day 1

Arrival at Bojano and meeting with Professional Nature and Interpretive Guide.
Transfer by minivan to Sepino, in a countryhouse, where we’ll stay with a local family for all the holiday.
Accommodation and explanation of the journey.
Dinner in countryhouse.
Night in countryhouse, in twin rooms with private bathroom.

Day 1

After the breakfast, private transfer by minivan to Sella del Perrone (Guardiaregia), where we’ll start a hike to discover karst phenomenons.
Packed lunch.
Private transfer by minivan to the countryhouse for the rest.
Dinner in countryhouse.
Night in countryhouse, in twin rooms with private bathroom.
If there is snow, the excursion will be on snowshoes.

We are on the border between Molise and Campania. It is a wild and solitary place, rich in luxuriant beech-woods, with amazing panoramic balconies on the peakes of Matese and on a large and fascinating karst lake, the lake of Matese. What will give greater emphasis to snowshoes trekking are the deep abysses of Pozzo della Neve (-1048 meters depth and over 8000 meters of development) and Cul di Bove (-913 meters depth and 3900 meters of development), large caves born from water erosion and very famous in the italian speleological field. After the hike, we have a short visit to the village of Guardiaregia and the lower part of the Natural Reserve and WWF oasis of Guardiaregia-Campochiaro.

Technical features of the journey
Duration: 7.5 hours (rest-times not included).
Lenght of the trek: 18 km.
Total difference in height (up): +670 m.
Total difference in height (down): -740 m.
Difficulty: medium.

Day 3

After the breakfast, private transfer by minivan to Roccamandolfi, where we’ll start a hike.
Packed lunch.
Private transfer by minivan to the countryhouse for the rest.
Dinner in countryhouse.
Night in countryhouse, in twin rooms with private bathroom.
If there is snow, the excursion will be on snowshoes.

Naturalistic hike, discovering a solitary corner of the Matese: the Roccamandolfi area. Starting from the Guado la Melfa mountain refuge (or earlier, if you can’t reach it by minivan), go up the Campitello Valley, through beech woods, panoramic balconies and karst plateaus, until you reach an interesting panoramic point called the Precia. Having admired the landscape, you comfortably descend to the main plateau and return to the starting point. After the hike, we’ll visit the ruins of the Roccamandolfi castle and the village, characterized by many stories about the historical phenomenon of Brigandage.

Technical features of the journey
Duration: 4 hours (rest-times not included).
Lenght of the trek: 9 km.
Total difference in height (up): +300 m.
Total difference in height (down): -300 m.
Difficulty: easy.

Day 4

After the breakfast, private transfer by minivan to shrine of Castelpetroso, where we’ll start a hike.
Packed lunch.
Private transfer by minivan to the countryhouse for the rest.
Dinner in countryhouse.
Night in countryhouse, in twin rooms with private bathroom.
If there is snow, the excursion will be on snowshoes.

From the fascinating Basilica Minore dell’Addolorata, a church with an attractive neo-Gothic profile, we’ll go up along the so-called “Via Matris” to the place of the apparitions, which took place in 1888, of the Madonna Addolorata and the Cristo Morto to some shepherdesses of a very small Molise village, Castelpetroso. From here we’ll begin to skirt Monte Patalecchia (1400 meters above sea level), and then climb the Difenzola (1398 meters above sea level), between sweeping views of Matese itself, on Mainarde, Montagnola Molisana and the mountains of southern Abruzzo. Back down from the Difenzola, we’ll return to the chapel of the apparitions on a comfortable forest track. Then, we’ll go down to the place of worship.

Technical features of the journey
Duration: 4.5 hours (rest-times not included).
Lenght of the trek: 15 km.
Total difference in height (up): +590 m.
Total difference in height (down): -590 m.
Difficulty: medium.

Day 5

After the breakfast, private transfer by minivan to Altilia district (Sepino).
We’ll start an hike over the centuries, through the rich history of a small town in Molise: Sepino.
We’ll visit San Pietro di Cantoni, Conventino, Saipins and Saepinum. All archeological areas.
Packed lunch.
Private transfer by minivan to the countryhouse for the rest.
Dinner in a countryhouse.
Night in countryhouse, in twin rooms with private bathroom.
If there is snow, the excursion will be on snowshoes.

Starting from Regio Tratturo “Pescasseroli-Candela”, old tracks for the transhumance of sheep and shepherds in the South Italy, we’ll climb the first hills and we’ll arrive at the Samnite temple and then the Christian cult area of San Pietro di Cantoni. Along the ascent we’ll find the ruins of Conventino of Santa Maria degli Angeli, a small nineteenth-century Franciscan monastery. Even more towards the hills we’ll visit the Samnite village of Saipins, in Terravecchia, at 953 meters above sea level, we’ll admire the ruins of the pre-Roman city (4th century BC), with a double defensive wall made of large boulders and three small doors: Matese seating area, the door of the Acropolis and the one of Tratturo. Once arrived on the top of the hill, we’ll go down until the magnificent Roman city of Saepinum (a foundation of the 2nd century BC and maximum splendor in the Augustan age, between the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD). A real archaeological jewel, the Roman city has the classic urban layout with decumanus (still paved) and cardo, the entire city walls to delimit the boundaries, four monumental doors, the theater, the baths, the forum, the basilica, the campus complex -piscina-porticus, the macellum, two neighborhoods of housing and much more.

Technical features of the journey
Durata: 4 hours (rest-times not included).
Lenght of the trek: 10 km.
Total difference in height (up): +550 m.
Total difference in height (down): -550 m.
Difficulty: easy.

Day 6

Time to say goodbye and go back.
After the breakfast, transfer by minivan from countryhouse to Campobasso. Visit of the historical center and transfer to the railway or bus station of Campobasso.

Price: 810 € per person

In a group of 8 people.

Dates
Start Finish Availability
28 december 2021 02 january 2022 Avalaible (New Year’s Day)
03 january 2022 08 january 2022 Available (Epiphany)
What’s included
  • travel planning;
  • professional nature and interpretive AIGAE guide;
  • all breakfasts, packed lunches (filled roll, fruit, and half liter water bottle) and dinners;
  • insurance and contract with tour operator;
  • all nights in twin rooms with private bathroom;
  • rental snowshoes and poles;
  • private transport by minivan, where necessary and according to the program.
What’s not included:
  • airfare;
  • transfer from Italian airport to Molise;
  • Single accommodation (not available on request);
  • wine and other beverages with alcohol;
  • and anything not specifically included above.

Last tips before departure…

Notice: This program may be to change, before and during the journey. Changes are based on the climate, the needs of travelers and the people that host the group of travelers.

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