The Walk of the Brigands in Abruzzo

P ID: 341
Sante Marie, AQ, Italia

organized by Hikelife
100 km of walking between medieval villages and wild nature between Abruzzo and Lazio

from € 890.00 € 845.50 per person



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  • nation
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  • province
  • city
    Sante Marie
  • location
    Sante Marie, AQ, Italia
  • meeting point
    Sante Marie, AQ, Italia
organized by: Hikelife
activities in : Abruzzo
sport: Paths
difficulty duration maximum people spoken languages
(intermediate) 7 days 12 flag_it flag_en

The Briganti Walk runs along the ancient border line between the Papal State and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, following in the footsteps of the outlaws who dominated the area between the Marsica in Abruzzo and the Cicolano in Lazio. It starts from Casale Le Crete in Tagliacozzo (770 m asl) and continues through the villages of Poggio Filippo, Santo Stefano, Valdevarri, Poggiovalle, Nesce, Villerose, Monte Rose, Spedino, Cartore, Santa Maria in Valle Porclaneta, Rosciolo and Magliano de ' Marsi, before returning to the starting point. A circular route therefore that crosses the Val de Varri, the Valle del Salto and the slopes of Monte Velino, the places where the Cartore band operated.

Day 1: Arrival in Sante Marie (850 m) and walk to Santo Stefano (1,050 m). Short stage that allows you to get to Sante Marie by car or train and walk a bit to get into the spirit of the journey. Overnight in a farmhouse, typical cuisine. Difference in altitude: 380. KM: 6

2nd day: from Santo Stefano (1,050 m) to Valdevarri (1,020 m) and to Nesce (850 m). You arrive in the beautiful medieval village of Nesce, where you can sleep in a farmhouse. Possible also overnight stay in Valdevarri in private homes with home-cooked dinner, simple rooms. You enter Val de Varri, the least touristy valley of the journey, just think that the road that crosses it was paved a few years ago. From the Val de Varri you cross and enter the Valle del Salto, passing over a small mountain, and descending to the village of Poggiovalle. It is the country of brigands, from here some famous brigands came. Under the village flows the Salto river, on one side there is Nesce. Overnight stay and typical cuisine. Difference in altitude: 400 KM: 14

Day 3: Nesce (850 m) - Villerose - Spedino - Cartore (944 m). You go down the Salto river walking side by side for a while. Then you pass under Monte Rose up to Spedino, then take the dirt road to the beautiful village of Cartore, home to a famous band of brigands. Overnight in the beautiful village of Cartore, rooms with restaurant. Difference in altitude: 440. KM: 17

4th day: Cartore ring - Duchess lake. The departure for this grandiose, and long, loop that includes the ascent to at least three points above 2000 m, is near the town of Cartore (944 m), and almost everything takes place in the Monti della Duchessa Nature Reserve. With a path on the remains of the ancient moraines of the glacier that once occupied the valley, we arrive at Lago della Duchessa at an altitude of 1788 m. Return with dinner and overnight stay. Difference in altitude: 950. KM: 13

5th Day: Cartore (944 m) - Santa Maria in Valle Porclaneta - Rosciolo - Magliano de 'Marsi - Le Crete (770 m). We go to Rosciolo, a beautiful medieval village. From Cartore, go up to Passo Le Forche, under Monte Velino, and descend to Santa Maria in Valle Porclaneta, another place full of suggestions, including a magnificent Romanesque church, a masterpiece of art from the 10th century. You pass the village of Magliano, then go up the slope of Mount San Nicola and descend to Le Crete (where there is the Casale Le Crete b & b and the Gargano agri-camping site). Difference in altitude: 550. KM: 23

Day 6: Location Le Crete (Tagliacozzo) - San Donato - Scanzano - Poggetello - Sante Marie (850 m). in Scanzano and then in Tubione and Sante Marie, along small roads and paths. You can collect your certificate. Difference in altitude: 560. KM: 21

7th day: Departure. After breakfast, departure for the respective destinations. End of services.

Total km: 94

What To Bring

The right "attitude": with the right attitude you are ready to face everything! Whether you are leaving for a self-guided tour, as a group, as a couple, with your family, the right attitude is the first thing to put in your backpack, leaving your "thoughts" at home!

Waterproof jacket and pants, sun protection: we can organize everything for your trip… but alas we can't do anything for the weather. So keep an eye on the weather forecast and always carry a waterproof jacket / cape and trousers, sunscreen cream and several layers of clothes suitable for the period (plan to dress "onion").

Sportswear: prefer long trousers for trekking with high socks and of suitable material according to the season. Especially if you have chosen a mountain tour, don't forget a roomy and comfortable backpack, with everything you need to face any adversity and lots of water. (water bottle, headgear, gloves, changing clothes, glasses, etc.)

Sports shoes: waterproof hiking or snow shoes.

Included In The Price

6 nights in double room with breakfast
6 dinners with set group menus
Baggage transport
Hikelife escort
-Medical expenses
-Hospital diary following Covid infection
- Convalescence allowance
-Assistance to the person
- Civil responsibility
- Trip interruption following quarantine

Excluded From The Price

Lunches and drinks with meals

City tax

P.I. entrances, tips and personal extras

Rental of other equipment

Insurance on request at the time of signing the contract:

- Trip cancellation

-Repeat trip

Anything not specified in "included in the price"


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We are a branch of the Bikelife Group that deals with walking holidays founded by passionate travelers, like you. We want you to live authentic travel experiences around the world in the company of as many enthusiastic explorers, promoting territories and the encounter between cultures.

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