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The fascinating UNESCO forest in Rome

Hike among 150-year-old beech trees and let their size, energy, and story surprise you! Due to their peculiar location, influenced by volcanic soil, vicinity to a lake, and other factors, they appear to be particularly resilient. They have kept a secret to this day, as scientists are still trying to understand how they managed to survive the glacial period and other events.

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a special beech forest protected by UNESCO

A special forest in Rome

The growth of beech trees at these low altitudes is favored by a peculiar microclimate and coolness due to the presence of seven springs that fed the Trajan-Paul aqueduct, frequent rainfall, and moist currents from the neighboring Lake Bracciano. Among centuries-old beech trees “lives” the so-called “Beech of the Pigeon” which grows near the summit of Monte Raschio. The origin of this name derives from the Altieri family’s use of the tree as a lure for pigeons.

A special forest in Rome

Unspoiled nature, accessible by train.

The beech forest of Oriolo Romano is one of only five Italian sites that are recognized as natural heritage on the World Heritage List.

What makes this forest special is that, despite its proximity to inhabited settlements, preserves an unspoiled nature, with the presence of 500-year-old trees (e.g. hornbeam), wolves, and Rosalia longicorn (Rosalia Alpina) – a beetle at risk of extinction.

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How to get there: 

By train: From Rome and Viterbo, take the regional train and get off at the “Oriolo Romano” stop. The exact meeting location will be communicated in your confirmation email.

The international hiking experience in Italy

With Sal, your international guide with a background in the entertainment industry, you will get an experience like no other:

Carefully researched trails, a well-organized experience from beginning to end, native, light-hearted and inclusive communication in English, German and Italian, and exclusive access to certain areas you can only discover with a guide.

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With Salvatore you will discover the beauties of Rome in its immense green spaces, you will immerse yourself in a world made up of monuments, aqueducts, ancient streets and immense parks.” – Stefano

A super special way to spend a few hours in nature outside and away from the hustle and bustle with Salvatore, a passionate person relaying Roman History in a fitting and healthy way. ” – Alizabeth

Awesome experience at a very reasonable price. Sal was a great host and conversationist. If I were in Rome longer I’d definitely book another hike with Sal. ” – Riley

Book your next adventure:

If you don’t find your favorite date or the calendar appears “empty”, this tour might still be available outside of our regular program. Get in touch here if you’re interested in this experience.

Adventure awaits!

Hikes with Nature of Sal are fun, informative and transformational.

Sal will ensure that you have a great experience, will be at your side with tips & tricks, local knowledge and will keep the entire journey light-hearted and entertaining.

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