Emilia Romagna Slow | 4 Hiking Trails to enjoy the Spring


Emilia Romagna Slow | 4 Hiking Trails to enjoy the Spring

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Walking into Nature until the limit of human civilization, where the forest finds its original state in the kingdom of wild animals.
Hiking in Nature is one of those activities that still allows access to a different dimension of natural space, as we enter into a path, in fact, the traces of human civilization, such as countries, villages, and farms slowly leave their space for the large expanses of woodland.

So Hiking along the natural paths means a rediscovery of this landscape, along with the traces of the men who have inhabited it for centuries and today we would like to take you along 4 hiking trails in the Emilia Romagna hiking network.

All the hiking routes are selected among those with a historical and natural value, in which to find a different relationship with nature and with the history of men.

4 trails symbolizing a wide and extremely valuable hiking network of Emilia-Romagna Region; a dense network of 7000 km marked hiking trails, which extends from the Apennine ridge to the plains and which, since the end of the 1980s, are available for users on the mobile application Maps4You for Android and IOS.

"Alta Via" - the Great trails of the Parks


Alta Via trail of the Parks – Ph. Trekking Emilia Romagna

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 EmilianoParco 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.

Technical specifications

  • Lenght: about 500 Km
  • Difficulty: E+
  • Recommended Season: from May to September depending on snow conditions

Via Vandelli: from Emilia Romagna to the Sea


Via Vandelli – Selva Romanesca, Modena Ph. Giuliof via Wikipedia

The Vandelli Route was born in the XIIth Century at the behest of the Duke of Modena, Francesco III d’Este, who wished to have safe access to the Tyrrhenian sea on the territory of the duchy. The mathematician Domenico Vandelli was thus instructed to draw the impervious route of a carriageway to cross the Apennines and, after ten years of work, in 1751 the road was completed. Unfortunately, the itinerary was too arduous to allows the carriages to pass, was infested by bandits and the snow covers the road for many months a year, which soon made it an abandoned itinerary.

The Via Vandelli is today a spectacular hiking route which connects the cities of Modena and Massa Carrara and that unfolds along the Modenese Apennines and the Apuan Alps. With a week of walking, starting from Modena you can reach the mountains of Frignano until you enter the valleys of Garfagnana in Tuscany. Unfortunately today there are no detailed hiking maps of the Via Vandelli, so we recommend all those wishing to travel this spectacular itinerary to contact in advance the local section of Club Alpino Italiano in Modena or Massa, in order to have an update of the conditions of the trails.

Technical specifications

  • Length: about 200 Km
  • Difficulty: E +
  • Recommended Season: From May to September depending on snow conditions

The Trails of the Sacred Forests

Sasso Frattino | Photo © parcoforestecasentinesi.it

View on Sasso Fratino Integral Reserve | Photo © parcoforestecasentinesi.it

A combination of nature and spirituality that crosses the Casentinesi Forests Natural Park, touching all the most significant points. These uncontaminated forests have hosted for over a thousand years communities of monks who have lived in very close relationship with the surrounding environment, nature from which they derived precious timber and where they found the conditions necessary for contemplation, inner recollection, and prayer.

The Path of the Sacred Forests is a path of about 100 kilometers which is divided into seven stages, from Lake di Ponte di Tredozio to La Verna, seven days in which cars and towns are rarely encountered and with the opportunity to visit the most evocative places: the Acquacheta valley, Mount Falterona, the Campigna Forest, the Santa Valley, Camaldoli and La Verna.

The Foreste Casentinesi Natural Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the presence of beech woods among the oldest in Europe, with a widespread heritage on the national territory of ancient trees that exceed 400-500 years of age and located in the southernmost section of the continent.

Technical specifications

  • Length: about 95 Km
  • Difficulty: E
  • Recommended Period: from May to November

The footsteps of History: the hike of the Gothic Line


Gothic Line – Map

The Gothic Line was the defensive line organized by the German army along the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, from the Tyrrhenian coast to the Adriatic, and was built to curb the advance of the Allies at the end of the Second World War.

The original route climbs in the village of Sarzana, straddling the present-day provinces of La Spezia and Massa Carrara, and continued along the Apuan Alps and the Garfagnana, following the ridges of the Emilian and Tuscan Apennines to arrive in Montefeltro area and Pesaro. The hike of the Gothic Line today follows the cartography developed by the German army in 1944 and it is the result of a research work in the military archives of Friborg by the historian Carlo Gentile and the Emilia-Romagna Institute of Cultural Heritage.

The Gothic Line’s hike is a historical-naturalistic itinerary of several days that starts from Massa-Carrara and ends in Ravenna and is usually divided into 25 stages that cross six different natural environments such as the Apuan Alps, the Italian Apennines, and the Romagna Plain.

A spectacular itinerary between mountains ridges, but also a journey into collective memory: a silent thanks to those, our countrymen or who came from distant countries, between those woods and those cliffs have sacrificed their young years for the freedom of Italy.

Technical specifications

  • Length: about 376 Km
  • Difficulty: E
  • Recommended Season: from May to November


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