Wildlife Tour in Southern and Central Italy
A journey among the most beautiful and wild hidden gems of Central and Southern Wildlife of Italy. The tour will be guided by two Italian researchers specialized in zoology and will have the observation of nature as the main goal. We will explore very different types of habitat in order to maximize the number of species we will contact.
The tour will mainly focus on the observation of mammals, birds and herpetofauna, but during it we will have the chance to observe as well an incredible number of butterflies, dragonflies, beetles and of wildflowers (especially orchids). Nature will be the main core of the journey but time will be guaranteed also for the visit of historical city centers of unique beauty. As for every stay in Italy that can be respected, food and wines will play also a central role and we will give the participants the chance to taste the most amazing specialties of one of the richest region of Europe in terms of food.
Concerning the cities, the highlights are the following: the historical city center of Matera (capital of culture, UNESCO heritage), the eternal city of Rome, the medieval villages of the Apennines. As mentioned before, this is an amazing region also from a gastronomical perspective, for let you enjoy 100% of its richness we have chosen the most typical options where to enjoy the best homemade pasta, the best-grilled meat and local vegetables and the most beautiful wines. Then why not considering to have a tour to experience the wildlife of Italy.
Wild Italy - TOP 5 HIGHLIGHTS:
- Exploration of the Abruzzo forests, the best Italian place for mammal watching: wolves, bears and ungulates!
- Bird watching in many different environments, with dozens and dozens of target species
- Herping between springs, fields and meadows in search of the very rich Italian herpetofauna
- The millenary history of Italy
- A taste of Italy: fresh pasta, pizza, cheeses and, of course, wine!
Early morning rendez-vous in Rome or Naples airport and transfer to Matese mountains. Arrival at the hotel surrounded by nature. Exploration of Matese Regional Park, looking for birds and amphibians. Dinner in hotel restaurant with a menu based on home-made pasta and traditional cheeses and cured meats. Night herping session.
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Matera. Visit of Matera historical city center and focus on lesser kestrels and other rock birds. Birding and herping in Murgia Materana Park. Looking for species related to mediterranean shrub and steppe environment. Transfert to Altamura, the city characterized by one of the most important lesser kestrel colonies in Italy. Dinner in a typical restaurant with a menu based on the traditional Altamura bread, grilled meat and vegetables.
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to province of Foggia. Birding between Lago Salso reserve and Margherita di Savoia Saltpans. Moving to Molise region. Dinner in typical restaurant with a menu based on home-made pasta.
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park. Whole day of exploration of the Park. Trekking focused on wildlife watching and research of endemic species of amphibians and reptiles. Moving to Pescasseroli and dinner in typical restaurant with a menu based on traditional dishes from Abruzzo.
Breakfast in the hotel. Wolf watching in a valley there is also a prime area to observe almost all the ungulates species of the park. Birding in the mountain and beech forest environment., with high chances to observe also deers and chamois. Bear watching in the late afternoon. Moving to Pescasseroli and dinner in typical restaurant with a menu based on traditional dishes from Abruzzo.
Breakfast in the hotel. Morning herping session between ponds and springs. Transfert to Rome or Naples and free visit of the city. Dinner in a pizzeria, tasting of typical fried dishes and, of course, italian pizza!
Breakfast with typical pastries and cappuccino. Free visit of the city. Transfert to Rome or Naples airport.
Marsican brown bear (Ursus arctros marsicanus), Italian wolf (Canis lupus italicus), Apennine chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica ornata), red deer (Cervus elaphus), roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), Italian hare (Lepus italica), crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata).
Red-headed pochard (Aythya nyroca), pygmy cormorant (Microcarbo pygmaeus), black stork (Ciconia nigra), greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus), eurasian griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus), golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), short-toed snake eagle (Circaetus gallicus), lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni), eurasian stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus), collared pratincole (Glareola pratincola), slender-billed gull (Chroicocephalus genei), Audouin’s gull (Ichthyaetus audouinii), gull-billed tern (Gelochelidon nilotica), pallid swift (Apus pallidus), european bee-eater (Merops apiaster), european roller (Coracias garrulus), white-backed woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos), calandra lark (Melanocorypha calandra), greater short-toed lark (Calandrella brachydactyla), red-rumped swallow (Crecropis daurica), common rock thrush (Monticola saxatilis), spectacled warbler (Sylvia conspicillata), dartford warbler (Sylvia undata), rock sparrow (Petronia petronia), black-headed bunting (Emberiza melanocephala).
Podarcis siculu, Tarentola mauritanica, HemidactylItalian newt (Lissotriton italicus), southern spectacled salamander (Salamandrina terdigitata), northern spectacled salamander (Salamandrina perspicillata), Apennine yellow-bellied toad (Bombina pachypus), balearic green toad (Bufotes balearicus), italian tree frog (Hyla intermedia), italian slow worm (Anguis veronensis), italian three-toed skink (Chalcides chalcides), italian wall lizard (Podarcis siculus), moorish gecko (Tarentola mauritanica), mediterranean house gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus), Kotschy’s gecko (Mediodactylus kotschyi), Riccioli’s snake (Coronella girondica), green whip snake (Hierophis viridiflavus), leopard snake (Zamenis situla), Aesculapian snake (Zamenis longissimus), italian Aesculapian snake (Zamenis lineatus), asp viper (Vipera aspis), meadow viper (Vipera ursinii).
What is included?
- Transfers from and to Rome/Naples
- Overnight stays
- Meals (6 breakfasts, 6 dinners)
- Scientific accompaniment by a professional Zoologist for the duration of the trip, with support material for wildlife observations (binoculars, spotting scope, field guides)
- Expert local guide
- Basic travel insurance
- Local taxes
What is not included?
- Entrance to monuments and tips to local guides.
- Everything not mentioned in "Price Includes"
The professional Zoologists of K' Nature have been exploring the wildest areas of central and southern Italy for study and research purposes over the past 10 years. Their deep knowledge of several animal groups will give you the best chanches to observe the zoological highlights of the country, In addition, their love for food and wine made them choose the best restaurants of the area and, having lived for a long time between Rome and Naples, they will be able to advise you on the most suggestive places to visit
Of course! We can plan a tour together according to your needs!
Absolutely yes! Our experts will also be able to create customized tours for you focused on birdlife or herpetofauna.
Sure we can! Just tell us about your dream species and, if we are in the right season, we will do our best to find them and to organize our itinerary based on your needs!
Do not worry! We will organize the menu for lunch and breakfast based on your needs!