Transhumance tracks in Molise

Next departure: 09 April 2022

The tour “Transhumance tracks in Molise” aims to raise awareness of the environments, the history and the architectural examples of transhumance in central and southern Italy, as well as the sensations that itinerant shepherds enjoyed through the slow steps and the succession of the different daily work phases.

Duration: 4 walking days, 5 nights, 6 days overall.
Destination: from Taverna del Cortile (Ripalimosani) to Fiume Biferno (Larino).

Typology: low-moderate hills paths.
Features: itinerant; cultural and historical; natural; experiential and food and wine.

Accommodation: Bed-and-breakfasts, hostel and farmhouses.
Where to eat: restaurants, home restaurant and farmouses.
Group size: 6-16 people.

Difficulty: easy
4 walking days, covering a total distance of 78 km. Few difficult ascents. Many descents and flat stretches. Every day the total uphill height differences are about or slightly exceed 500 meters. Downhills height differences are slightly larger – roughly more than 600 meters on average daily – but they do not present any difficulty because they are spread over good distances. The trekking is accessible to everyone, even if you need to be trained for walking. Cortile-Centocelle and Tratturi Celano-Foggia and Sant’Andrea-Biferno are not technical routes and are not particularly difficult. The journey is on foot and is itinerant. Short transfers are by motorized vehicle. The overnight stays are comfortable.

Length of the itinerary: 78 km.
Total height difference, uphill: +2050 m.
Total height difference, downhill: -2710 m.

“Transhumance tracks in Molise” offers as well the opportunity to learn about the historical and architectural heritage of some of the most beautiful towns of Molise: Campobasso and its medieval hill with the castle Monforte on top, as well as the nineteenth-century district; Ripabottoni and its conspicuous heritage of churches, palaces and fountains; Rotello and its medieval center composed of baronial palaces and churches; Larino and its remarkable Roman, medieval and modern sample.

Program

Day 1

Arrival at Campobasso and meeting with Professional Nature and Interpretive Guide.
Accommodation and explanation of the journey.
Visit of the historical center.
Dinner at restaurant.
Night in different bed-and-breakfasts, in twin rooms with private bathroom.

Day 2

After the breakfast, transfer by motorized vehicle from the center of Campobasso to Taverna del Cortile.
Then, starting of walking day from Taverna del Cortile (Ripalimosani) to Villa di Centocelle (Sant’Elia Pianisi).
Packed lunch.
At the end of walking day, transfer motorized vehicle to Ripabottoni.
Dinner at trattoria.
Night in different bed-and-breakfasts, in twin rooms with private bathroom.

From Taverna del Cortile we’ll follow what remains of Cortile-Centocelle, to plunge into the silence of Molise countryside. Along the Medieval village of Matrice, we’ll visit the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria della Strada and climb to the pass of Campolieto. We’ll still walk in the direction of the hill of Femmina Morta (898 meters above sea level), and to go down, then, to the beautiful and elegant Villa di Centocelle.

Technical features of the journey
Duration: 6 hours (rest-times not included).
Lenght of the trek: 21 km.
Difference in height (up): +520 m.
Difference in height (down): -480 m.
Difficulty: medium.

Day 3

After the breakfast, transfer by motorized vehicle from the village of Ripabottoni to Villa di Centocelle.
Then, starting of walking day from Villa di Centocelle (Sant’Elia a Pianisi) to Cappella di Sant’Elena (San Giuliano di Puglia).
Packed lunch.
At the end of walking day, transfer by motorized vehicle to farmhouse or to Bonefro.
Dinner at farmhouse.
Night in farmhouse, in twin rooms with private bathroom. After exhaustion of rooms in farmhouse, in different bed-and-breakfasts, in twin rooms with private bathroom.

From Villa di Centocelle we’ll descend towards the graft with Regio Tratturo Celano-Foggia. Once reached the main artery, we will cross hilly places with toponyms related to transhumance: Scorciacapra and Taverna Vecchia. Then we’ll go down and climb up the valley of Cigno stream (a tributary of Occhito’s Lake) and we’ll reach the pass between Monte Ferrone (759 m a.s.l.) and Colle Cinolfo (732 m a.s.l.). From here, we’ll start to see Tavoliere delle Puglie and the promontory of Gargano. We’ll slowly reach the Chapel of Sant’Elena, enjoying the landscape on the surrounding hills, Dauni Mountains (extreme north of Puglia) and the villages of Bonefro and San Giuliano di Puglia.

Technical features of the journey
Duration: 5 hours (rest-times not included).
Lenght of the trek: 16 km.
Difference in height (up): +540 m.
Difference in height (down): -640 m.
Difficulty: moderate.

Day 4

After the breakfast, transfer by motorized vehicle from a farmhouse or from village of Bonefro to Cappella di Sant’Elena.
Then, starting of walking day from Cappella di Sant’Elena (San Giuliano di Puglia) to Colle Nevera (Rotello).
Packed lunch.
At the end of walking day, transfer by motorized vehicle to Larino.
Before of the dinner, visit of medieval Larino.
Dinner at restaurant.
Night in hostel, in twin rooms with private bathroom.
After exhaustion of rooms in hostel, in bed-and-breakfasts, in twin rooms with private bathroom.

We’ll descend into the valley of Fortore, between cultivated fields and farms, until crossing the river. Once slightly climbed, we’ll leave Celano-Foggia to take Regio Tratturo Sant’Andrea-Biferno. We will always be walking between cultivated fields and farms or animal husbandry, in silent places and with very little human presence. After crossing Tona stream, we’ll get to Colle Nevera, the final point of this stage.

Technical features of the journey
Duration: 6 hours (rest-times not included).
Lenght of the trek: 21 km.
Difference in height (up): +520 m.
Difference in height (down): -780 m.
Difficulty: moderate.

Day 5

After the breakfast, visit of Larino Roman amphitheater and transfer by motorized vehicle from Larino to Colle Nevera.
Starting of walking day from Colle Nevera (Rotello) to Fiume Biferno (Larino).
Packed lunch.
At the end of walking day, transfer by motorized vehicle to a farmhouse.
Dinner at farmhouse.
Night in farmhouse, in twin rooms with private bathroom.
After exhaustion of rooms in farmhouse, in a hostel or in a bed-and-breakfasts, in twin rooms with private bathroom.

We’ll go down to the bed of Biferno river, among easy ups and downs on rolling hills suitable for the cultivation of olive trees, fodder and cereals. We may see Adriatic sea. We will meet many small waterways. The stretch where we’ll get to Cigno stream (the largest tributary of the Biferno river) is suggestive. Once got to the main river of Molise, we’ll finish our walking and hiking trail.

Technical features of the journey
Duration: 5,5 hours (rest-times not included).
Lenght of the trek: 20 km.
Difference in height (up): +470 m.
Difference in height (down): -810 m.
Difficulty: easy.

Day 6

Time to say goodbye and go back.
After the breakfast, transfer by motorized vehicle from farmhouse to Termoli.
Visit of the historical center and transfer to the railway or bus station of Termoli.
Otherwise, transfer by motorized vehicle to Campobasso for departure from the main city.

Price 610 € per person

For group from 6 to 16 people

Dates
Start Finish Availability
09 April 2022 14 April 2022 Available
01 October 2022 06 October 2022 Available
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;
  • all nights in twin rooms with private bathroom.
What’s not included:
  • airfare;
  • transfer from Italian airport to Molise and back;
  • Single accommodation (available on request);
  • wine and other beverages with alcohol;
  • private transfer by motorized vehicle, where necessary and according to the program;
  • luggage transport during the six (6) days in Molise;
  • 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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