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Looking bear ... among the stars!

Bearwatching and astronomy weekend, sleeping one night at a hut

"Testa di Cavallo" foto di Paolo Ruscitti

Since men have always looked to the phenomena of nature and the universe with great curiosity and invented stories and myths that serve to explain what they appeared to be inexplicable. In Greek mythology tells the story of the nymph Callisto and constellations of Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. This myth combines the two main ingredients of our initiative: the bear and astronomy. Two fascinating and mysterious elements of which will deepen our knowledge in the course of this weekend, in the company of the astronomer Paolo Ruscitti http://www.ariadivetro.it/

An overnight stay at the Ecorifugio della Cicerana enrich this experience because it is located in a valley away from light pollution and an ideal starting point for wildlife observations.


  • Starting

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

  • Return

    Sunday, June 4, 2017

  • Duration

    4 days / 3 nights, 3 days / 2 nights or 2 days/ 1 night

  • Interest





June 2017 From Thursday 1 to Sunday 4

Difficulties description

Second day: ascent and descent: 550 m. Journey time: about 5 hours. Distance: 10 km
Third day: ascent: 300 m. Journey time: about 4 hours. Distance: 10 km
Fourth day: ascent : 300 m. Descent: 500m. Journey time: about 5 hours. Distance: 13 km

The program is subject to changes at the specific request of the participants or to adverse weather conditions.


Hiking boots, jacket (possibly gore-tex), backpack, water bottle, flashlight, hat and woolen gloves, sunglasses, long pants, sunscreen cream, digital SLR camera and tripod, binoculars, mat to sit , cover or plaid. It is recommended to dress in layers, whereas during astronomical observation might get cold. For overnight stay at the hut it is also necessary to have the sleeping bag, or sleeping sheet. However, the hut is equipped with sleeping bags for everyone.


€ 295 per person (4 days / 3 nights) - € 230 p.p (3 days / 2 nights) - € 140 p.p (2 days/1night)

  • Accomodation

    In double rooms in B & B family owned + one night at a hut

  • The cost includes

    Half-board in rooms with services + one night at a hut support of Nature guide and expert astronomer

  • The cost does not include

    Transportation and transfers, meals and anything not mentioned in "the price includes";


Appointment in Pescasseroli - Ecotur in Via Piave 9 tel. 0863/912760, - at 15.00;

How the reach us

Highway 24 Roma, branch to Pescara exit Pescina, continue for Pescasseroli;


First day
arrival in PESCASSEROLI scheduled at 15:00, meeting at the office of Ecotur. Short introductory excursion on the Abruzzo National Park. Following excursion Camosciara. Location in the heart of the Park, at the edge of the Integral Reserve to admire the magnificent natural amphitheater of Camosciara and closely observe the flowering of rare Lady's Slipper, the largest orchid in Europe. Late afternoon transfer to the hotel. Dinner and presentation of the Marsican brown bear .
- Second day
07.30 breakfast and meeting with your guide. Loop hike Lake Vivo-Monte Serrone, classic brown bear habitat to know his ecology and behavior. Packed lunch. Expected return in the early afternoon. 18.00 berawatching return to the hotel scheduled to dinner time. Following overnight.
- Third day
08.00 breakfast and meeting with your guide. Hike in the secular wood of Pescasseroli. Packed lunch. In the afternoon excursion in the wild Lampazzo Vallone - Cicerana at a time of retreat. 18.00 bearwatching , return to the hut in the evening, dinner and to follow "Observation of the starry sky" and basics of astrophotography. Overnight in the hut.
- Fourth day
06.00 Rise early and bearwatching again to better take advantage of the cool morning hours. 08.30 breakfast. Hour journey excursion 9:30 Cicerana-Pescasseroli through old-growth beech forests and karst valleys. Packed lunch. Return to Pescasseroli in the early afternoon. Departure to the place of origin.
The program is subject to specific amendments at the request of the participants or to adverse weather conditions.

Other pictures

  • La Luna foto di Paolo Ruscitti
  • Nebulosa Rosetta foto di Paolo Ruscitti
  • Orso marsicano foto di Giorgio Gerli
  • Appostamento

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Ecotur Viaggi Natura di Nicoletta Gentile, Cesidio Pandolfi e Paolo Iannicca snc

via Piave 9 - 67032 Pescasseroli (AQ) Italy - Phone: +39-0863-912760 - Fax: +39-0863-911528 - Email:

Tour Operator on-line, Agenzia iscritta all’albo della Provincia di L’Aquila determinazione n.170 del 27/8/2013.
P.IVA 01621950664, Codice Info-trav n. 25695. Polizza assicurativa RCT Unipol Assicurazioni n. 65/46095901