Project Description

6 nights – 7 days / Naturalistic and Trekking Itinerary

Trekking through Majestic Timps and  Mediterranean Atmospheres

6 nights – 7 days

A trekking holiday in Calabria. This  itinerary takes place  in the northern part of Calabria, a region still wild, unspoilt and hauntingly beautiful. During our stay we explore some of the most fascinating “Timpe” of the Pollino National Park, Unesco Geopark.  The Park abounds with a gorgeous mediterranean nature, wild flowers, herbs like thymus and rosemary and many specimens of  the “Pino Loricato”, symbol of the Park. It is also often possible to admire griffins, Poiane and Gheppi.  We stay in a suggestive old village, perched high on hilltop, facing the majestic “Timpa del Demanio” and the Raganello gorges, one of the longest in Europe. Day by day we make different unforgettable experiences hiking in some of the most scenic routes observing and getting to know flowers, plants, wild herbs and their usage. Roberto, a passionate guide and breeder of raptors tells us about their unkown and fascinating life giving us the chance to get close to them in its wild habitat surrounded by the mediterranen nature and facing a fantastic view on the Raganello gorges. We dedicate a morning to the exciting experience of grazing and milking the cows, from their milk we learn how to produce a typical and delicious southern Italian cheese “ricotta” that we taste together. We  experience also a candlelight pic-nic  dinner based on local products surrounded by a wild nature, by the scent of baked bread and the song of crickets while observing  the constellations and listening to traditional music. This particular and authentic journey will leave you with unforgettable memories and emotions!

Program

Day 1. Civita (Pollino National Park) 

We meet in Civita, one of the most fascinating villages in Calabria with its Arbëreshe  origin where the magic atmosphere of the old houses and cosy b&b welcomes us. We  have a wellcome drink and a typical dinner in a restaurant run by a local family.

DAY 2 Timpa del Demanio and Bosco di Santa Venere

After breakfast a short drive takes us up to starting point of our hiking. if you stay in Civita, it is  a must to make one of the  routes considered among the most scenic of the Pollino National Park.  We hike through a path surrounded by the holm oak forest of Santa Venere. A pleasent walk takes us to a terrace overlooking a unique panorama on the Gole del Raganello. We proceed on the path that follows the mountain ridge among woods of oakes and junipers. It easily happens to see Bianconi and peregrine falcons, for this reason this  hiking itinerary is considered a must for birdwatchers. At the end of the path we have to pass through some aerial and overhanging passages that lead us to the top of the “Timpa del Demanio”. We eat our picnic lunch in the open air facing on one side the ionic coast and the plan of sibari and on the other the enchanting village of Civita with the majestic mountains of the Pollino National Park

Trekking: Distance to/r 4  km  – Difference in altitude: 100 m    –  Duration: 2 h  – ( level easy-medium)

A very emotioning  afternoon awaits us , thanks to Roberto, a passionate guide and breeder of raptors we get close to some of his raptors and to the majestic golden Eagle. He transfers us a lot of interesting info about their life and attitudes. He received a lot of encomium for his efforts to  spread a naturalitic culture not only about animals but also about the mediterranean  vegetation. After this emotioning face to face with some of the most beautiful and fascinating raptors we experience a candlelight pic-nic  dinner based on local products surrounded by a wild nature, the scent of baked bread and the song of crickets while observing  the constellations and listening to traditional music.

Day 3: Path of Annanza, a suggestive and ancient route from the historical village of Cerchiara di Calabria to the Santuario della Madonna della Armi.

Today an half an hour drive takes us to Cerchiara di Calabria. Our hike starts  from this charming mountain village, following an old pilgrim and farmers trail which climbs up to the suggestive perched on  the rock sanctuary. The path is called “ of the Annanza”  since through it you reach the ridges that overlook the Caldanello gorge and you also have a suggestive view of  the village on the rock. Following an old mule track we reach Piano Pedarreto with its stunning view on the Ionian coast. While walking we observe an old abandoned farmhouse which was once a flourishing farming. We continue passing Sant’Andrea valley until we reach the suggestive Sanctuary.We visit the Sanctuary that dates back to the X century, at the beginning was just a recovery for basilian monks, to escape from the persecutions of Pope Leone X , then became a sancturay that preserves inside a stone with the image of Holy Mary. After a delicious pic nic lunch with local products, our shuttle bus  takes you back to Civita or ( if the period and weather permits, we  have a relaxing bath in the swimming pool of sulphurous water of the Grotta delle Ninfe. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

Trekking: –    Distance: 4 km (to) –    Difference in altitude: 380 m    –    Duration: 3 h – Level: medium

Day 4: Timpa di S. Lorenzo (1.652 m. slm.)

After breakfast we drive to a location called S.Anna where we start our hike. The “Timpa” we are going to explore today is called “Timpa di San Lorenzo”, one of the most imposing and wild  mountain whose overhanging walls up to 800 meters high ovelooks the Raganello Gorges. We walk through an easy path and  ascend on a well-graded rocky north –west side trail. After about 2 hours walking we reach the highest point which affords spectacular views of the Pollino Massif,  the Sellaro Mountain and the Jonian sea. After a break we descend by the same route and go back to our cosy village for a relaxing dinner in a typical restaurant,

Trekking: –    Distance: km (to/r)  –    Difference in altitude: 350m    –    Duration: 4 h – Level: medium

Day 5: To the ruins of the hermitage “La Madonna di Lassù” ( 850 m. slm. )

A magnificent half-day excursion to discover the suggestive small Dolomites of Frascineto up to the fascinating ruins of the Hermitage of the Madonna di Lassù, once inhabited by Basilian monks who left their countries due to the Arab invasions. We begin our last excursion from Frascineto. What awaits us is a path steeped in wild nature, magnificent views, history and religion. We stop for a relaxing pic-nic surrounded by this dolomitic landscape.  The trail follows an old mule tracks partly dug into the rock until we see the ruins of the hermitage where it seems to go back in time when the Basilian monks lived and prayed in their small and hidden rooms. After this emotioning trekking we go back to the village for a free evening.

Trekking: –    Distance: km (to/r)  –    Difference in altitude: 496 m    –    Duration: 2,30 h – Level: medium-high

Day 6: Cows, cheese, constellations and traditional music

We dedicate the day before departure to an exciting experience like grazing and milking the cows. We get up very early in the morning and reach the place where the cows are grazing and we learn how to milk.  From that delicious milk we produce a traditional fresh cheese called “ricotta” which we will taste durning our break. The day continues with a soft trekking through a wooded and sometimes panoramic path. After a pic nic lunch we go back for a free afternoon. Farewell dinner in a hospitable restaurant which will leave us the memory of authentic and genuine flavors of Calabria.

Day 7: Departure

We depart after breakfast.

Ci riserviamo per eventuali cambiamenti

  • 6 overnight stays in b&b
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 1 pic nic lunch based on local products
  • 4 dinners ( 1 with aperitif , 1 open air  pic nic with traditional music )
  • Authorized hiking guide for all trekking routes
  • Experience of grazing and milking the cows
  • English speaking tour leader ( who could be the hiking guide )
  • ¼ local wine and e ½ water / person for meals included
  • Bus for all included excursions as per our program

• The journey to / from Calabria

• Transfers to / from any airport ( on request quotation )

• Single supplement
• Tourist tax (where applied)
• Tips and extras
• Any insurance or cancellation policies
• Anything that is not specified in “This package includes”

  • Trekking shoes (mandatory)
  • Rainproof (mandatory)
  • Trekking poles (recommended and in particular folding)
  • Sunhat
  • Technical shirt
  • Small backpack
  • Bottle
  • Supplements
  • Sunglasses and sun protection
  • Patches
  • mat
  • Binoculars and camera (recommended)

This itinerary is mainly made up of naturalistic trekking of medium difficulty, therefore it is advisable for those who are trained and used to walking in sometimes rocky mountain environments.

For this itinerary we recommend the airport of Lamezia Terme or Bari.

Calabria
6 nights / 7 days
Level: Medium (sometimes challanging)
Trekking / guided excursion
Minimum partecipants 8 max 16
Period: April, May, June, September, October

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