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Trekking to the Garden of the Gods in the Pollino National Park

Trekking to the Garden of the Gods in the Pollino National Park

8 hours



From 1 to 12


  • Set off on one of the most impressive trekking routes in the Pollino National Park.
  • It passes through beautiful beech forests and wide plains surrounded by the highest peaks in the south.
  • Your guide will take you to the Garden of the Gods, a magnificent forest of centuries-old pine trees.

Your guide

Francesco S.

I am a 'guide' by passion! I live and work in the Pollino area, between Calabria and Basilicata. I am an official Guide of the Pollino National Park, an AIGAE (Associazione Italiana Guide Ambientali Escursionistiche - Italian Association of Environmental Hiking Guides) member and a Tourist Guide.

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Full description

Take part in one of the most beautiful excursions in the Pollino National Park and visit the Garden of the Gods, a splendid old-growth forest of loricate pines.

You will walk along paths and cart tracks through splendid beech forests, wide plains and boundless landscapes surrounded by peaks exceeding 2,000 metres, in the heart ofItaly's largest protected area.

Prepare yourself for a crescendo of emotions: in the company of a certified guide who is in love with his territory, you will be able to touch with your hands and heart centuries-old trees that will reconcile you with the world.

What we will do

The meeting with the guide will take place at Campotenese, in Morano Calabro (CS). From here we will move by car to reach Colle Impiso in about 40 minutes, the starting point of the trekking route. We will take the Carbonai path to reach Vaquarro, the first plateau of karstic origin surrounded by Mount Pollino and the Serra del Prete.

Then we will continue uphill to reach Piano Toscano, at an altitude of 1,800 metres. Here the scenery is grandiose: we will have a panoramic view of the higher levels of the Pollino, including Serra Dolcedorme, the highest mountain in thesouthern Apennines.

After a well-deserved rest, we will continue the walk with our eyes turned upwards so as not to miss the chance to spot the griffon vulture or thegolden eagle. Arriving at an altitude of 1,900 m, we will encounter "I Gendarmi", large Loricated pines that are 350 years old. Then we will pay a visit to ' Zi' Peppe', the loricate pine that inspired the Pollino Park logo, and finally arrive in the famous Garden of the Gods.

We will walk through the forest formed by over 100-year-old trees that only survive in the Pollino and the Balkan Peninsula. In the shade of these giants, we will stop for a picnic lunch and some relaxation in nature. Afterwards, we will return by taking the same route back or a loop variation, which the guide will assess according to circumstances.

In total, the activity will last about 8 hours for a 500 metre difference in altitude.

Who it is aimed at

The activity is of medium difficulty, suitable for everyone with a minimum of training. No special skills are required. The minimum age required is 10 years, provided that children are used to walking.

Other information

The activity can be carried out from April to December and is confirmed upon reaching 5 participants, weather permitting.

Recommended clothing

  • seasonally appropriate layered clothing
  • windbreaker or k-way
  • hiking shoes
  • clothing for windy and/or rainy weather (k-way and/or poncho) and/or severe weather

Don't forget to bring

  • packed lunch
  • water (at least one litre)
  • sun cream
  • insect repellent
  • hat
  • camera
  • trekking poles (optional)
  • spare shirt

What is included

  • Expert guide
  • Insurance
  • Packed lunch
  • Transport

How it works

  • Book
  • Gift
  1. 1
    Send a booking request

    We will only pre-authorise the payment

  2. 2
    Receive confirmation within 48 hours

    In case of confirmation, you will be charged the cost of the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

  1. 1
    Buy a gift voucher

    Valid 12 months from the date of purchase

  2. 2
    Choose your preferred date

    Get in touch with the guide with the contact details on the voucher and choose the day for the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

Meeting point
Morano Calabro, Cosenza

Morano Calabro
Exact location provided after booking

Frequently asked questions

What happens in case of bad weather?

If you have made a fixed date reservation and the weather conditions are not suitable for the safe conduct of the activity (in the expert opinion of the guide), you will be refunded the full amount paid. The guide may suggest an alternative date or time for you to conduct the activity. You can freely choose whether or not to accept these proposals. If you can’t retrieve it, we will process a full refund! If you have set the date for your Gift Voucher and bad weather did not allow the activity to take place, the Voucher remains regularly valid until the expiration date indicated on it.

If I cancel the reservation, can I get a full refund?

For this activity, the cancellation policy is moderate. You get a full refund if you cancel within 8 days from the activity start date. Within 7 and 5 days from the activity start date you will get a 50% refund. You can find the full policies in the Cancellation Policy section.

What payment methods do you accept?

On Freedome, you can pay with any rechargeable credit card or prepaid card (including Postepay) from Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, JCB networks. We also accept debit cards enabled for online payments. You can also use the digital wallets Apple Pay and Google Pay.

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