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ABRUZZO AND AMALFI COAST

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Overview - 8 day trip in September 2018

In one trip explore the medieval mountain villages and coastal villages in the mountains of Abruzzo and along the Amalfi Coast. Run trails in Gran Sasso National Park, Italy’s largest national park. Then travel to the Mediterranean and run trails along the magnificent and rugged Amalfi Coast. Enjoy the spectacular beauty and wonderful food and culture of both regions!

Highlights
  • Explore the medieval mountain villages and coastal villages in the mountains of Abruzzo and along the Amalfi Coast
  • Run trails in Gran Sasso National Park – Italy’s largest national park.
  • Travel to the Mediterranean and run trails along the magnificent and rugged Amalfi Coast
  • Enjoy the spectacular beauty and wonderful food and culture of both regions!
  • Local Guides
  • Visit the villages of Santo Stefano, Castel Del Monte and Rocca Colascio in Abruzzo.
  • Visit the villages of Ravello, Amalfi, Postitano and Minori along the Amalfi Coast.
  • Trail run with local running guides.
  • Enjoy the last day on chartered boat enjoying the coastal view from the water and a final celebration dinner at a little known cove at a wonderful restaurant at the marina on the water.
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Santo Stefano de Sessanio at 3 star Bed and Breakfast.
  • 4 Nights Accommodation Minori at 4 star hotel.
  • Authentic and locally sourced Meals
  • All Ground Transportation and Guides and chartered boat.
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AMALFI COAST

AMALFI is a town in Salerno Province along the stretch of coastline known as the Amalfi Coast. The city lies in a deep gorge at the base of Monte Cerreto framed by dramatic cliffs and facing the Gulf of Salerno. Amalfi was established in the 9th century and grew to be a military power to rival even Genoa and Pisa as the capital of the Duchy of Amalfi (839-1200).
The town retains its medieval city gates; narrow cobbled streets, medieval palaces and quaint squares. The Amalfi Cathedral, Sant’Andrea dates back to the 11th century and has a gold caisson ceiling with paintings by Andrea dell’Asta. There are also statues by Michelangelo Naccherino and Pietro Bernini. The Bell Tower from 1180-1276 has Moorish majolica tiles. Visit the Cloister of Paradise built by Filippo Augustariccio in the 13th century. It features white columns and pointed arches with many Roman and medieval sarcophagi statues and architectural features. The Arsenal of the Maritime Republic and the Museum of Handmade Paper are both worth visiting. While in Amalfi try the famous Limoncello and visit the Emerald Grotto, a sea cave with many stalactites and stalagmites and famed for the emerald-hue created from refracted sunlight.


RAVELLO is a town along the Amalfi Coast in Salerno Province famed for its sea views and gardens. Of the Amalfi towns Ravello is one of the most beautiful and packed with culture. For decades the town attracted an A-list of musicians, writers, artists and intellectuals. Today the town boasts the futuristic Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium and is the venue for many cultural events including the annual Ravello Festival in honor of Richard Wagner.

Ravello has an air of sophistication and refinement. The top attractions are the garden estates of Villa Rufolo which inspired Wagner’s opera Parsifal and Villa Cimbrone famed for its Terrace of the Infinite. Both gardens offer breathtaking views and magical surroundings. Also worth seeing are the Duomo di Ravello which boasts the Pulpit of the Gospels created by Nicolo di Bartolomeo in 1272 and holds the Museo del Duomo in the crypt. The Church of San Giovanni del Toro has the Bove Pulpit from 1200-1230 and mosaic fragments. The town’s romantic ambiance and breathtaking surroundings make it one of the most popular Amalfi Coast towns.


POSITANO is one of the enchanting villages on the Amalfi coast. It is nestled between the mountains and the sea with the colorful houses built vertically on the slopes which run down to the water’s edge. The ancient port, in a small cove has been used since medieval times and reached its peak in the 16th-17th century. By the 20th century Positano was just a simple fishing village before tourists discovered this hidden corner of paradise in the 1950s and 60s when the rich and famous like Picasso, Zeffirelli and Steinbeck made Positano a jet set destination. To explore Positano you will be scaling steep flights of stairs. Follow Sentiero degli Innamorati from Spiaggia Grande to the Fornillo Beach. The Positano beach is the longest on the Amalfi Coast and one of the most glamorous. Standing out above the rooftops is the dome of the 13th century Church of Santa Maria Massunta covered in majolica tiles. The church holds an 18th century black Madonna.


PRAIANO is a low-key town between Amalfi and Positano along the Amalfi Coast in Salerno Province in the Campania region. In the 10th-11th centuries Praiano was home to the doges and the Duchy of Amalfi. Then in the Angevin Period the Assiola fortified tower was constructed to defend Praiano. Attractions within the town include the Church of San Luca Evangelista, built in 1123. It holds paintings by Giovanni Bernardo Lama. The Church of San Giovanni Battista has a beautiful maiolica tiled floor from the 13th century. While in Praiano enjoy a local Santa Rosa sfogliatella and watch the sun go down from Gavitella Beach which you can reach by descending almost 400 steps. Marina di Praia is flanked by towering cliffs topped by the Saracen watchtower. The small pebble beach has the popular Africana nightclub; restaurants; boat rental and is the starting point for a romantic coastal path around the cliffs. While in Praiano visit the small village of Furore which has famous fiords and an annual diving competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABRUZZO

SANTO STEFANO DE SESSANIO

The village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, in the L’Aquila area of central Italy, is considered one of the best-preserved medieval villages still remaining in the country.

This stunning village sits 1200m above sea level at the foot of the tallest mountain range in Abruzzo. Despite loads of scaffolding as they undertake continued repairs after earthquakes back in 2009, the village is so old and beautiful. A Swedish-Italian millionaire agreed to finance the restorations back in 1999 on the agreement that no new buildings would be permitted and no concrete could be used. Hence what he has protected is a village that looks/feels like what it must have been like back in the day when mules and horses were the only means of transport. As you wander around there is always something that beckons you to go further, or go through a small crack between buildings to see what secret lies beyond.


CASTEL DEL MONTE

Castel del Monte is a small village in the Province of L’Aquila near the two beautiful medieval villages, Santo Stefano di Sessanio and Rocca Calascio. It has approximately 447 inhabitants.

Castel del Monte is at an altitude of 1345 meters, between the high Gran Sasso Mountain (with the Campo Imperatore Upland), one of the most fascinating and the highest mountain in Italy, and the Sirente and Maiella Mountains.

Castel del Monte is part of the Gran Sasso and Laga Mountains’s National Park and it is in the District of Baronage’s Lands, in which some of “The most beautiful villages in Italy” are included like Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Rocca Calascio, Castelvecchio Calvisio, Barisciano and San Pio delle Camere with its strange castle.

Castel del Monte has been considered one of the most beautiful village in Italy as the close by Santo Stefano di Sessanio village has been.


GRAN SASSO

Gran Sasso is the highest peak in the Appenne range of mountains. You can ascend to about 2100m via a gondola to an area that looks like it would be popular with skiers and snowboarders in the winter. Amazingly numerous people seemed to have driven up there so obviously there is road access too. It’s a really pleasant spot at the top.

Gran Sasso d’Italia (Italian: [ɡran ˈsasso diˈtaːlja], literally “Great Rock of Italy”) is a mountain located in the Abruzzo region of central Italy. The Gran Sasso forms the centrepiece of the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park which was established in 1993 and holds the highest mountains in continental Italy south of the Alps and is part of the Apennines, the mountain range that runs the entire length of the Italian Peninsula. Teramo and L’Aquila are the nearest cities to the Gran Sasso, while Assergi, at the base of the mountain, is the nearest village; Rome is 132 kilometres (82 mi) by road.

A hotel midway on the top of Campo Imperatore is where the Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini was imprisoned from August until September 1943 when he was freed by a Nazi commando operation. The plateau is also the site of the Campo Imperatore station of the Rome Observatory, from which the Campo Imperatore Near-Earth Object Survey and other astronomical studies are carried out. At the southern edge of Campo Imperatore and within the bounds of the national park are three medieval hill towns once ruled by the Medicis; Calascio, which sits before the ancient

fortress ruin of Rocca di Calascio, Santo Stefano di Sessanio and Castel Del Monte.

The name Gran Sasso means “Great Stone”.

 

It goes without saying that Abruzzo is one of most remarkable, unspoiled and underrated areas of Italy. You will spend 3 days in the dramatic hills and high plains of the region. You will not only see ancient, medieval fortifications and towns here but also run nearby trails including those within Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park and the high plain of Campo Imperatore.

For Lost Worlds Italy – Legendary Trails of Abruzzo and Amalfi we will visit 3 historic towns in Abruzzo  – Castel Del Monte, Santo Stefano, Calascio. and visit this amazing area while enjoying confortable lodging and authentic local cuisine after having the opportunity to explore trails and each day before arriving to a new town to explore ancient back alleys and steps, cobblestone streets, bistros and cafes.

We will then go to the coast of Amalfi and and visit the bustling and enchanting coastal villages of Amalfi, Positano, Minori and Ravello and run on ridges, bluffs and ancient trail high above the coast.

  • Day 1 – Arrive in Rome
    Arrival to Rome Fiumicino Airport and transfer to Abruzzo/ to the in Medieval village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio and charming 3 star bed and breakfast. Dinner in Santo Stefano at 4 star restaurant.
  • Day 2 – Santo Stefano
    Morning -9.5k Hill and canyon Run in morning.Small refreshment and lunch at a famous outdoor Arrostocini (meat skewers) on the plateau in Campo Imperatore. Afternoon – Gran Sasso and Campo Imperatori. 7-10 km trail run in the National Park of Gran Sasso. Dinner in Santo Stefano at a renovated farmhouse/4 star restaurant. After dinner drinks in Medieval building.
  • Day 3 – Rocca Calascio
    Rocco Calascio – 10k run past Rocco Calascio and the medieval church Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pietà
    Drive to the village of Castel Del Monte and explore the town. Lunch Hike to top of the ancient Fortress of Rocco Calascio. Traditional dinner and local cuisine at 4 star restaurant in Rocco Calascio
  • Day 4 – Morning run in Santo Stefano and then transfer to Amalfi Coast
    6 km trail run in hills near Santo Stefano. Late morning transfer to Amalfi Coast (4 hours) Lodging at 4 star lodging in Coastal village of Minori
  • Day 5 – Free day in Ravello and Positano
  • Day 6 – Minori
    Trail Run in Mountains above Amalfi, Atrani and Minori – 34k. It should take 4 – 5 hours to complete the trail. There is an option to do a shorter trail of 10-15k
  • Day 7 – Amalfi/strong>
    Afternoon sailing day on chartered boat along coast to Amalfi and Positano. Final Dinner at Hidden Cove restaurant
  • Day 8 – Departure back to Rome
    Departure back to Rome for flight departures or onward travel at 0800 hours (3.5 – 4 hours) Please plan flights or onward travel accordingly
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Dario Rocco

Dario is an experienced adventure racer, trail runner and Salomon sponsored athlete from Croatia and of Italian heritage.

He is a wonderful and experienced guide and our groups love to hear his stories of past and upcoming adventures across the globe.

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Tim Holmstrom

As a photographer, journalist or race organizer Tim has traveled to more than 30 countries in the last 25 years.

Some personal highlights include crewing on a replica of the tall ship Endeavor through the Panama Canal and Galapagos Islands. Participating in a Kava ceremony with village elders on the Fijian island of Waya. Spending days photographing Sea Gypsies on the islands off Borneo. His first significant and sobering rappel was down a series of waterfalls and basins in a canyon in Reunion Island off Madagascar. He’s trekked the Inca Trail in Peru and Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. Wandering among the high dunes in The Western Sahara under a brilliant moon. Navigating through coastal dunes of the Nordeste region of Brazil and their amazing array of multi-colored pools of water.

As a photographer he’s captured iconic images for international multi-day endurance events such as Eco Challenge and Primal Quest. He has also founded and produced successful destination races such as The Coastal Challenge Expedition Run in Costa Rica and Lost Worlds Racing and Lost Worlds Travel.

His work and travels have taken him to wild and remote destinations around the world and have allowed him the opportunity to immerse in local cultures, and break through his own barriers, shifting his perspectives of what’s possible and seeing the world through new eye’s.

“My own experiences and areas of interest have helped me realize how much I enjoy creating opportunities for people to challenge themselves. My hope is that through adventure travel we may continue to inspire people to attempt to achieve goals that may seem beyond any perceived limitations. It is gratifying to see people attempt and succeed. If they fail it is always equally inspiring to see them discover and tap into the inner resources that allow them to try again and succeed.”

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Jeff Bannman

Jeff has chosen to spend the majority of his life in harms way having started as a fireman outside the Washington D.C. area at a very young age, then joining the U.S. Army serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment and continuing his operational experience with the Central Intelligence Agency, running operations in over twenty-three countries.

“Being in the world is such an amazing thing. To learn from others, understand their culture, their way of life and find common goals is truly the aspect that connects all of us as human beings. I consider myself an adventurous soul with an diverse background.

Along with my love of life, I have always been an avid student of human behavior and have worked across many fields to enhance individual, team and organizational performance. It was my privilege to author and create some of the core methodologies utilized to train and develop those who choose to place themselves in harms way. Throughout the course of my life I have learned how to be resilient, how to recover from what life may throw our way and how to find freedom in every moment.

In more recent years I am now focused on creating amazing experiences for others in a way that allows them to find and experience real freedom in their lives. I now have the opportunity to work with my amazing wife and expand my horizons in new ways. In doing so, I have created two primary programs called The Primal Journey and The Right of Passage. I’ve been asked to deliver leadership programs for companies, organizations and professional sports teams as well as continue to serve as a Leadership Mentor for the US Army Special Operations Command.

I believe that every moment in life is an opportunity for adventure and every adventure is an opportunity to learn!”

  • Day Pack – 20-30L
  • Water Bladder  or water bottles – 2L
  • Duffel Bag or back pack
  • Additional bag to leave at hotel with change of clothes.
  • Shoes – Lightweight trail shoes or cross trainers
  • Hat or sun visor
  • Gloves
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Wind jacket
  • Sunscreen

REGISTER SOON

VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY. Please contact registration@lostworldstravel.com for current availability and exact dates. Request an application or send us any questions.

    • COST PER PERSON: 3200.00 USD

  • FAMILY MEMBERS AND NON RUNNERS WELCOME AND WILL HAVE THEIR OWN ADVENTURE AND PROGRAM AND DEDICATED GUIDE.

Single Supplement Available for an additional 300.00.

Group Discounts Also Available for groups of 6 or more.

Exclusions:

  • International Airfare
  • Single occupancy option, unless specifically requested
  • Tips for guides, porters and cooks
  • Personal drinks, snacks, food, and gifts
  • Additional lodging not outlined
  • Meals not outlined or while in transit
  • Alcohol and desserts
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control
  • Skills:
    • Be able to walk or run 10-20k over uneven terrain up to 3-4 hours.
    • Mental fortitude to take on the challenge of a mountain trail run and scramble in the rugged mountains above the Amalfi Coast.
    • Previous trail running or hiking experience is recommended.

    We have designed this trip to be completed by anybody with a good level of physical fitness and good mental preparation.  As this program is all about helping people break through barriers and achieving goals, we offer an individualized coaching program to anyone wishing to improve their conditioning and skills prior to the trip. We work closely with experienced adventure racer, trail runner and endurance coach Travis Macy based in Colorado. Travis offers an independent online coaching program for those wishing to do one-on-one training program in preparation for this trip.

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Request an application by emailing registration@lostworldstravel.com

VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY.

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