Certainly the largest hiking route in Emilia Romagna, “Alta Via” is a fantastic itinerary to explore the Apennines between Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, and Marche. Almost 500 kilometers of ascents and descents that summarize in itself the best that the Apennine mountains can offer with glacial cirques, lakes immersed in the splendor of high altitude meadows, endless forests and clear streams, volcanic cliffs, and chalk cliffs, on that ridge climate between Europe and the Mediterranean.
The Alta Via owes its name to the fact that it crosses a total of eight natural parks: two national parks (Parco dell’Appennino Tosco Emiliano – Parco delle Foreste Casentinesi e dei monti Falterona e Campigna); five regional parks (Parco dell’Alto Appennino Modenese, Valli del Cedra e Parma, Corno alle Scale, Laghi di Suviana e Brasimone, Vena del Gesso); and an interregional park (Sasso Simone Simoncello).
The path of the “Alta Via“, is usually divided into 27 stages, but can also be tackled in part or in some individual stages, and is clearly identifiable by hikers thanks to special coordinated signage.
On the official website of the “Alta Via”, you can also find the downloadable GPS tracks of the 27 stages that make up the itinerary. Files can also be downloaded individually, in GPX format. Forward it is also available the Maps4You App (available for both Android and Apple), a free application which presents a list of specific thematic maps, in addition to all the other trails of the Emilia-Romagna Region.
- Lenght: about 500 Km
- Difficulty: E+
- Recommended Season: from May to September depending on snow conditions