Snow-covered woods and mountains near Rome, 4 snowshoe hikes in the Simbruini Park
Sundays in the snow a stone’s throw from Rome to discover enchanted landscapes. There are many excursions proposed by the Parco dei Monti Simbruini for winter weekends. Those who love (or want to experience) snowshoeing will have four different options on Sunday 6 February, two more appointments are scheduled for the weekend of 12 and 13 February. All excursions organized with qualified guides. And those who don’t have snowshoes or sticks can rent them on the spot.
Snowshoeing of Campo Ceraso Saturday 12 February
The program for Saturday 12 February includes the departure from Campo Staffi to advance into the snow-covered beech woods following the traces left by the animals. Continue to the Campo Ceraso Refuge for breakfast with coffee and cannolini offered by the guide. Then the valleys at the foot of Monte Tarino (1,961 meters) and the return to Campo Staffi plunging back into the woods. A 12-kilometer route with a 350-meter difference in altitude. Cost: 25 euros (including guide service, Rct insurance, snowshoes or poles rental). For all the info: http://www.parcomontisimbruini.it/inociazione.php?id=91795
With snowshoes in the heart of the Park, Sunday 13 February
The snowshoeing program for Sunday 13 February offers a route to the heart of the Simbruini Mountains Park. You will reach an altitude of 1,800 meters in a full immersion between superb nature, snow and woods.
The appointment is at 10 at the headquarters of the Viperella Refuge (Campo Staffi, Filettino) and then leaves at 10.15. A three hour walk. Reservations required by 1pm on Saturday 12 February. At the end, it is possible to have lunch with friends at the Viperella refuge. For all the info: http://www.parcomontisimbruini.it/inimpresa.php?id=93787
The Author’s snowshoe hike
Passing through the beech woods of Campo dell’Osso and Monte Livata, you reach Monte Autore, with a view of the Gran Sasso. Here is the first of the four snowshoe hikes scheduled for Sunday 6 February. Ten kilometers between grandiose woods and karst landscapes with a difference in height of 400 meters. About seven hours. The appointment is at 9 in the parking lot in Campo dell’Osso. Participation fees: members 15 euros, snowshoes 10 euros. For all the info: http://www.parcomontisimbruini.it/inimpresa.php?id=93708
From Monte Livata to Monte Calvo
A circular route with splendid panoramic views across the valley, over the villages set among woods, rocks and distant mountains among the highest in the Apennines. Up to Campaegli crossing the karst plain full of sinkholes. From here you will climb Mount Calvo (1,591 above sea level) which offers a view of the upper Aniene Valley. Eleven km in all with 450 meters of elevation gain. Meeting point and time: viale dei Boschi (Subiaco) at 9.30. Membership fee for participation: 10 euros. Snowshoe rental € 10 until exhaustion. FederTrek compulsory card: 15 euros (can be subscribed at the beginning of the excursion, lasting 365 days). For all the info: http://www.parcomontisimbruini.it/iniseno.php?id=93710
Discovering the Well of the Snow
A relaxing journey through majestic beech woods up to the Pozzo della Neve, one of the rare caves in the entire Apennines containing perennial ice, with an entrance at 1,594 meters above sea level. Along the way, the red clay well (117 meters deep), the small lake Volubro Nuovo. During the itinerary, history and curiosities will be described. The guide will offer a packed breakfast: coffee and cannolini for all participants, telling about the life of the park. Six km with an altitude difference of 125 meters. Cost: 25 euros for adults, 15 euros for children (the fee includes guide service, rct insurance and rental of snowshoes or sticks). For all the info http://www.parcomontisimbruini.it/inociazione.php?id=91794
From the beech woods of Livata to the snow-capped peak
The last of the four snowshoe hikes among which choices is panoramic, with a circular itinerary from Livata, Monna dellʼOrso, to the summit of Monte Autore (1,855 meters). A real Apennine classic, which will lead up to the fourth highest peak of the Simbruini Mountains, with a surprising panorama that will range from the Tyrrhenian Sea to all the snow-capped mountain ranges of the central Apennines. On the way back pleasant off-road to admire the imposing ‘Facciatone’ of rock and snow, and the wide and fascinating beech woods. Six and a half kilometers with an altitude difference of 320 meters. Meeting point and time: 9 am in Piazza Monna dell’Orso, Subiaco. Cost: 15 euros per person (including the accompaniment of two environmental guides with full Rct insurance coverage), free for children between 10 and 18 years old. For all the info http://www.parcomontisimbruini.it/inimpresa.php?id=93662
(The photos illustrating the article are by Mauro Gugliemo)