Week-end with the bear (bearwatching) sleeping into a mountain hut

Program of excursions that have as their theme the Brown Bear, his life and his habits, through the beech trees in the Abruzzo National Park, sleeping in a hut in the mountains and carrying out ambushes in the early morning or evening to dusk try the emotion of the encounter with this legendary animal.

Marsican bear
  • Marsican bear
  • Cicerana's Hut
  • Cicerana's hut inside
  • Marsican brown bear
  • Bearwatching time
  • Relax time in nature
  • Walking into the wood
  • Sunrise bearwatching
  • Ecorifugio della Cicerana
  • June in Cicerana

A weekend dedicated to the observation Marsican brown bear (Ursus arctos marsicanus) in its natural habitat. The exclusive Ecorifugio della Cicerana, located at 1560 meters above sea level, is the ideal place as a starting point for excursions to aim fauna. Here bears have found their ideal habitat, with its dense woods, karst environment full of cavities and large clearings as grazing areas. We will wait patiently for the appearance of the magnificent plantigrade. We will enjoy the starry sky after sunset and will enjoy the warm hospitality of the Lodge. During observations of fauna you can also spot other animals: deer, wild boar, deer and with a little 'luck even the wolf. We advise everyone to carefully read the rules of the "Ecosofia", to help guides to perform a stakeout in full respect of the animals.

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First Day Passo del Diavolo - ECORIFUGIO della Cicerana
After a short trip by car, to the path we climb to the plateau of Cicerana share in 1560 where he placed the Lodge. Accommodation in Lodge. Late afternoon bearwatching. Return to the hut in the evening. Dinner at mountain hut and overnight.

Second day ECORIFUGIO della Cicerana - Vallone LAMPAZZO - Sorgente Puzza - Passo del Diavolo
Rise early. Breakfast and new bearwatching . Excursion in the wild Vallone of Lampazzo, until it reaches the old forest of VAL CERVARA. From here you take the descent to Passo del Diavolo. Packed Lunches. Expected return in the early afternoon.

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



Hiking shoes, light raincoat or poncho, hat, water bottle, backpack, long pants, jacket, t-shirt parts, flashlight, sweatshirt, binoculars,sun protection cream, sleaping bag or sheet sleaping bag, towels and pillow case. During the ambushes can be cold so we recommend dressing in layers.


Appointment Pescasseroli at Ecotur in Via Piave 9 tel. 0863/912760. Check in at 14.45 by own car.

How the reach us

Rome Highway A 24, branch to Pescara, exit Pescina, continue to Pescasseroli.


  • Bears during mating season

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2 days / 1 night


July 2024 6-7-13-14-20-21-27-28




First day. Passo del Diavolo - Ecorifugio of Cicerana. Elevation gain: 200 m. descent: 0 m. Journey time: about 2 hours. Distance: about 4 km.

Second day. Ecorifugio of Cicerana - Vallone Lampazzo - Sorgente Puzza -Passo del Diavolo. Elevation gain: about 350 m. descent: about 400 m. Journey time: about 5 hours. Distance: about 11 Km.




€ 100 per person - € 80 from 7 to 12 years old

The cost includes

Full board in dormitory (breakfast and dinner at "Rifugio della Cicerana" and packed lunch of the second day, drinkable water and 1/4 of wine for dinner) assistance of Nature guide.

The cost does not include

Transport and transfers, extra drinks, and anything not mentioned in "the price includes"