General information and conditions

All our treks are from Saturday till Saturday. The Carpe Diem programme finishes on Friday.


  • 7 (6) days bed and breakfast
  • full board with wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner, starting with dinner on the day of arrival up to and including breakfast on the day of departure
  • Transfer from Isernia railway station at 19.45 hours and back at 09.00
  • Luggage transport during all treks
Not included
  • – journey to and from Isernia
  • – insurances
  • – drinks and snacks in between meals
Age, experience and weight
The minimum age is 16 (12 if accompanied by an adult). For the treks you need to be in good shape and in control of all the gaits. There are two weight limits:
  • 85 kg
  • BMI (body mass index) of 28,50
In case your personal data are inaccurate Altavia has the right to adjust the programme or exclude your participation without reimbursing your payment.

Number of participants
Treks minimum 6 / maximum 8 (on rare occasions 10)
Carpe Diem minimum 3 / maximum 8
Should this minimum not have been reached four weeks before the start of the programme, Altavia is entitled to cancel the arrangement. In that case you will be informed not later than 21 days before the beginning of the programme. Your payment will be refunded, excluding however travelling expenses (f.e. plane ticket) if any. If you are interested, we will propose an alternative.

Reservation and booking
Your reservation will be converted into a definitive booking after we have received a deposit of Euro. 250.

Cancellation by the rider(s)
In case you should want to cancel your booking, the due costs are:
a) cancellation up to 42 days before the arrangement: Euro 250
b) cancellation between 42 (including) and 28 days before the arrangement: 50% of the total sum
c) cancellation between 28 days (including) and the day of arrival: 100% of the total sum


Our house and many hotels in this region have Wifi; only the Rifugio in Colle dell’Orso does not have Wifi and electricity.

Getting here

By airplane and train/bus

The transfer from and to the railway station in Isernia is included in the price. On the day of arrival the transfer is at 19.45 hours; on departure day at 8.30 hours.


Due to the transfer we suggest the following:


 latest arrivalearliest departure
Rome14.00 hours15.00 hours
Naples15.00 hours14.30 hours


From Rome/Fiumicino

The Leonardo Express goes to Rome Termini (C:S.) twice per hour. The journey takes appr. 30 minutes. A one-way ticket costs Euro 14. We advise you to buy your ticket to Isernia at the airport. This ticket (one-way) costs appr. Euro 11.


The train’s destination from Rome Termini to Isernia is Campobasso/Termoli. Sometimes it splits up in Montecassino. Please make sure that you are in the right carriage. Platform 15 is in between 14 and 16. Please follow 14 or 16. After 400 meters you will find platform 15.


From Naples

There are busses to the Central Station. You can buy a ticket with the driver. A one-way ticket costs appr. Euro 3. The journey lasts about half an hour. A one-way train-ticket to Isernia costs appr. Euro 6. The train’s destination is Campobasso.


In Italy train-tickets are only valid when stamped in one of the machines, which you find on the platforms.


By car

From Rome

Follow the motorway (A1) in the direction of Naples as far as the exit S. Vittore. Then drive towards Isernia. Just past Isernia drive on to the SS 650 (keep to the rightdirection San Salvo. 

Having driven through three tunnels, take the exit Pescolanciano/Capracotta. Then follow the SS 651 and drive past Pescolanciano (on your left). Drive past both exits for Carovilli. After the second exit the road bends to the right. Slow down after this bend. There is a road-sign indicating a crossroads. Just after the sign you turn off the road to the right onto a B-road. There is a yellow sign saying “C.da Castiglione – ColleArso”. Follow this narrow forest-road for about 1 mile and there is Carmine and Astrid’s house at your right.


From Naples

Follow the motorway (A1) in the direction of Rome as far as the exit Caianello. Then drive towards Isernia (SS 85). Just past Isernia drive on the SS 650. For the rest see above.


Along the Adriatic coast

Follow the motorway (A4) Bologna to Bari as far as the exit Montenero di Bisaccia/Vasto Sud. Then drive towards Isernia. Take the exit Pescolanciano, which is immediately after a short tunnel. Drive past Pescolanciano and Carovilli. For the rest see above.


Arrival at 20.00 hours!

Due to our small-scale setup it is unfortunately not possible to welcome you before this hour.


  • cap or hat (a cap is obligatory for minors)

  • trousers or jeans without thick seams

  • shoes/boots with solid profile

  • warm clothing (nights are chilly in the mountains, even in summer)

  • (long) chaps

  • rainwear

  • gloves

  • pocket-knife

  • electric torch

  • sun-glasses

  • sun-cream

  • camera

  • personal medication (if any)

  • comfortable shoes (for the evenings)

  • paper tissues

  • adaptor

All programmes:

Mutual funds for drinks and snacks other than at meals:

  • Treks: Euro 35
  • Carpe Diem: Euro 30

Trek Colle dell’Orso

You will be supplied with clean sleeping-bags and towels for the stay at the mountain lodge



You are kindly requested to bring your luggage in a soft bag of canvas or nylon.


Riding is at your own responsibility. For your own safety you are strongly advised to bring your hard hat/helmet and wear it during the rides.


Our house, dating from 1885, is situated at almost 3,000 feet a.s.l. It is the only inhabited farm-house in this little nature conservation area. The nearest neighbours live in Carovilli, a little village 4 miles away.

The front of the house faces a large oak forest whereas the rear offers a splendid view of the mountains and a valley. The house is not very big, but quite comfortable. It was completely renovated in 2003. The living-room has a nice fireplace, a piano and a modest library. There are three guestrooms (two double and one accommodating six) and two bathrooms with all modern conveniences. Meals are served on the terrace or in the kitchen-diner.