Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve

Hike the hidden Italy, cooking with flowers!

We sincerely appreciate your participation on this test tour. Please enjoy your visit to Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve and use this page as a guide and reference with all the practical information you might need during your stay. Thank you!

Hike the hidden Italy, cooking with flowers” is 5 days of exploration in Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve, where you will sense the perfumes and colours of nature, wandering from medieval towns to beautiful forests in an unspoiled land between Rome and Florence.

By participating in this tour you will be part of a small group contributing to the development of a new sustainable travel concept which aims to support conservation and benefit the local communities… all away from mass-tourism destinations.

This program supports the conservation activities of the Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve, one of the last habitats of the European wolf, involving locals from the surrounding communities who are actively helping to preserve this high-biodiversity area.

Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve: The Protected Area

Start with a nice hike to the summit of Monte Rufeno. Relax on the top of the mount drinking a glass of organic wine while stargazing the cloudless skies of the green heart of Italy.

Take a basket from the Museum of Flowers, and walk in silent forests, harvesting edible herbs and flowers (yes, flowers!). Mix them with organic vegetables and olive oil and cook an Italian meal you will never forget in a fantastic old farm.

Continue immersing yourself in history, walking on Etruscan paths, visiting medieval castles, meeting organic farmers and old charcoal makers. Finish your day enjoying a strikingly beautiful sunset behind the gentle hills of Monte Rufeno, before a night hike to your boutique hotel.

 The MEET Project in Monte Rufeno

This test tour is a result of the MEET project’s objective to develop an integrated strategy to settle an Eco-Tourism Development Model for the Mediterranean Protected Areas that boosts a better seasonal distribution of tourism flows, starting from the “European Charter for Sustainable Tourism” approach, through the establishment of a network among Protected Areas.

By participating in this tour you will be part of the development of a new sustainable travel concept, a small group, supporting the National Park and benefiting the local communities… away from mass-tourism destinations.


Before you depart, please consider the following:

Visa requirements

No Visa for Italy if you come from European countries. Please check the information with the Italian Embassy in your country as well as the validity of your passport or ID.


Currency in Italy (and all the European Union) is EuroGoogle Currency Converter

Weather Conditions

Local weather conditions are characterized by hot and dry summers, mild temperatures as well as an alternation between bright and sunny days with short periods of rain during spring or autumn, and cold winters.

In the month of May our territory shows mean temperatures between 9°C and 21 °C. In the daytime it’s usually sunny and warm but mornings and evenings may still be quite chilly. Rainy days are not frequent in this period but can’t be discarded.

Clothing tips

Appropriate clothing and other suggested equipment include: spring clothes, comfortable sport shoes, cap, sunglasses, swimsuit, warm jacket at night, light rain coat just in case.


An insurance covering each participant during transportation and all activities which are part of the program, is provided.

Contractor data:

Cooperativa L’Ape Regina – Via Torre Julia de Jacopo snc – 01021 – Acquapendente (VT)

Tel. +39 0763 730246 – Fax +39 0763 731175 – e-mail:

Participants are also advised to take out their own personal travel insurance.

Health and safety

In Italy water is always drinkable, unless otherwise indicated. In the same way all food is safe. For each meal you will be given details on ingredients and preparation.

All activities have been planned following strict safety rules. However, the program includes excursions and outdoor walks that require proper attention by participants.

Ticks are present throughout Italy, particularly in spring and summer. In our region they do not represent a serious health risk. Nevertheless, we recommend long pants and closed shoes for all excursions.


Information on electricity and adaptors used in Italy:

Residential voltage: 230 V

Frequency: 50 Hz

Plug type: C, F, L

Plug standard: CEI 23-34 CEI 23-50


Final Tour Itinerary

Download final tour itinerary and program here: MEET Project – Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve.


The package foresees pick-up and drop-off in Rome central station (Termini), easily reachable from the Leonardo da Vinci Airport by train (Leonardo Express, departing every 30 minutes, journey time of 30 minutes, arrival at platform 25, 400 meters back of platform 24).

The appointment with our local guide (Hanna Salo  +39 333 8425597) on May 25, is between 4 and 4.45 pm at platform 1 in Termini station. From there, the guesthouse will be reached with a train trip of about 1 hour and 20 minutes departing at 5:12 pm and a minibus journey of about 30 minutes. Arrival at Pulicaro guesthouse is expected at 7:00 pm.

If the arrival at the airport is much earlier, part of the stay may be used to visit the center of Rome, a few steps from Termini station.

The departure on the last day, May 29, is planned with a train arriving in Rome at 10.50 am.

From Rome railway station, Leonardo da Vinci airport can be easily reached.

 Accommodation arrangements 

 Accommodation for the first 3 nights is provided at Pulicaro rural guesthouse, which ensures single rooms for all participants (you should give us information about your preferences , about single or double beds). The last night we will stay at Monaldesca lodge, which provides shared rooms.

Agriturismo Pulicaro 

Predio Pulicaro 27, 01021 Torre Alfina – – Acquapendente (VT) Italy


Number of rooms: 9

Short description of rooms:

4 double rooms : options : double, single, single queen bed

5 apartments : up to 4 sleeping accommodations each. Options : double, single, single queen bed, bed sofa and babycots as extra beds.

e-mail: twitter: @pulicaro – facebook:


Casale La Monaldesca

Loc. Monaldesca, 44 – 01021 Trevinano – Acquapendente (VT) Italy


Number of rooms: 5

Short description of rooms: 1 single/double room, 4 double rooms/triple rooms



Accomodation during the trip will consist of 3 nights in single room and 1 night in twin room (cottage).

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The Tyrrhenian coastal belt of central Italy between the Apennines and the sea is characterized by the presence of a wide geological area of magmatic origin due to the presence of many volcanoes which were active until some 100,000 years ago. The landscape is therefore shaped by the weathering of these particular rocks and displays the alternation of hills, plateaus and deep ravines where creeks and streams flow. A rich soil enables the presence of luxuriant woods as well as fertile grasslands and meadows.

This specific orographic situation marks out also the so called “Upper Tuscia” district, which includes the northern part of the Lazio region (Viterbo province) up to the border with Tuscany. At the very center of this district stands a wide, volcanic, circle shaped lake called Lake Bolsena, whose origin dates back to more than 200,000 years ago due to a slow collapse process generated by the emptying of underground magmatic chambers.

Before the Roman domination, this land was the heart of the Etruscan civilization, as it is witnessed by many chamber graves dug in the volcanic tuff-stones which are widespread in the area.

Just a few kilometers north of the lake stand Acquapendente, a small Medieval town and, within the territory of its municipality, the Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve.

Nature Reserve safeguards wide woods in a gentle, hilly landscape crossed by the Paglia river. About 3,000 hectares of protected area are dominated by mixed oak woods, Mediterranean maquis, fields, olive groves and wetland vegetation close to the river banks. Thanks to its particular geographical position and local historical events, the Reserve houses very rich flora and fauna characterized by several rare species, thus forming an astonishing reservoir of biodiversity. A network of easy to moderate trails facilitates any kind of discovery.

The generous cultivated land all around is crossed by the famous Via Francigena, the ancient pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome, and this marks out the whole area with a very strong and detectable link between nature, history, culture and traditions.

Main distances, in kilometers, between Acquapendente and:

Rome – 130

Florence – 150

Siena – 90

Viterbo – 50

Orvieto – 30

Bolsena – 15


Basic greetings:

English Italian
Hello Ciao!
Good evening Buona sera
Goodbye Arrivederci
See you tomorrow A domani
Please Per favore
Excuse me / sorry Mi scusi / mi dispiace
Thank you Grazie
You’re welcome Prego
Have a good day Buona giornata!
Enjoy your meal Buon appetito!
Cheers Salute!


Introducing yourself:

English Italian
Hello, my name is… Ciao, mi chiamo…
What is your name? Come ti chiami?
How are you? Come stai?
Nice to meet you Piacere di conoscerti
I come from Italy, Spain, Germany.. Sono francese, spagnolo, tedesco…


Last but not least, please take a moment to view the customer satisfaction questionnaire which you will be required to fill out as a condition of participation in the tour. Please note that we will send you a personalised link via email – please use this to register your responses. You may begin working on the responses during the trip if you have time, and we ask that you complete it fully within one week of the tour ending. Thank-you and enjoy your MEET experience!