Tuesday, 19 May 2015

A weekend of hiking, food, sheep dogs and a classical concert

For the first time we have joined forces with a restauranteur, a shepherd, a wedding planner and a B&B, yes really.  There is, however, a common denominator:  our passion for showcasing this our combined lands of Serramonacesca and Roccamontepiano. 

Serramonacesca "The Land of the Monks"

Both are steeped in history, immersed in nature and perfectly positioned for exploring this exciting wilderness area of the Majella.  

One of the many waterfalls along the Alento river of Serramonacesca

Over the weekend of 30/31 May, along with Abruzzo Parks, we will take you through some hidden trails recently cleared and uncovered, we will cross rivers, climb hills, walk ridges, visit a castle, a tower, an abbey and a hermitage.  The views from all, and the sights you will see, will take your breath away.

Overlooking the gorge and valley of the Torre Polegra

Furthermore, there will also be an opportunity to taste the award winning cheeses of Ennio di Francesco, produced here on these hills of Serramonacesca in La Tua Fattoria, and also to meet the traditional Abruzzese pastore dogs of his son and shepherd, Mirko.  

One of Mirko's beautiful & proud dogs, with the flock below

There will be a chance to visit the Abbey of San Liberatore a Maiella and listen to a classical concert "Napoli in Concerto".  To round off your evening, why not have supper cooked by first class chef, Stefano Tomassetti, at Ristorante Villa dei Monaci, which sits enticingly above the Abbey?

Restaurant "Villa dei Monaci" above the Abbey of San Liberatore a Maiella

Programme of Events

Saturday 30 May

2pm:   Registration at the Abbey of San Liberatore

3pm:        Commence walk:  from the Abbey through woods & across the river, climbing up to the ancient hamlet of Garifoli.  From Garifoli climb up to the montepiano of Roccamontepiano, walk the ridge before descending down to the Torre Polegra.  From the Torre, continue descending to the Alento river, cross the river and return to the Abbey via the deer sanctuary.

6-7pm:       Return from walk, relaxing aperitivo of tastings of local produce, cheese & wine and a chance to meet the Pastore dogs of Mirko di Francesco (more info: Mirko di Francesco).

(Supper at Villa dei Monaci)


Walk only:  €7 per head
Walk & aperitivo:  €10
Ristorante Villa dei Monaci:  to be booked & paid for separately, more info here:  Villa dei Monaci 

For more info & how to book:  email me at jaqs@kokopellicamping.co.uk or phone: +39 333 4636075

Where to sleep

Kokopelli Camping:  "Glamping" bell tents for hire, space for your own tent and two self-catering rooms available, more info here: www.kokopellicamping.co.uk

B&B La Pietre Ricce: Beautiful Majella stone B&B perfectly positioned in Roccamontepiano for hiking into the Majella, more info here:  http://nuke.lepietrericce.it/

Ostello San Liberatore:  hostel style accommodation in the heart of Serramonacesca, more info here:  www.ostellosanliberatore.com

Sunday 31 May

9.30am:  Meet Serramonacesca to commence hike taking in the Abbey of San Liberatore, the Alento river and waterfalls, the Castel Menardo and the hermitage of San Onofrio.  The hike is with Abruzzo Parks, more information and booking here: www.abruzzoparks.it/serramonacesca

5.30pm:  Return to San Liberatore in time for the classical concert "Napoli in Concerto"


Excursion:  €15 a head (or €10 for guests of Kokopelli Camping and the Ostello San Liberatore).  Booking via Abruzzo Parks

Concert:  Free

A few pictures of the team hard at work clearing the trails:

Come & join us

Weekend of 30/31 May