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Itineraries

Note: the classification according to the features of each trail (T,E,E+) respects the national CAI classification adapted to the reality of the Apennines.

  • T : hikes lasting no more than 3-4 hours walk and differences in height within the 500m, well-marked trails, usually on carriage roads or narrow roads
  • T+ : with the same walking time and difference in height, but also a few obstacles more, fords, narrow trails or steep stretches
  • E : hikes lasting between the 4 and 6 hours walk with differences in height between the 500 and the 900m on the marked trails with steep slopes or easy fords
  • E+ : hikes that for length, difference in height or greater difficulties (steep stretches or not very visible tracks, fords, a few equipped walls, etc.), but always along marked trails, are recommended to more trained hikers.

- The most difficult or equipped trails like vie ferrate are not included (EE and EEA).
- The numbered trail markers, if no otherwise specified, are white-red (CAI national standard).
- GPS coordinates are in ED50, UTM zone 32T.
- The hikes marked with * are characterized by some stretches with not sufficient or lacking trail markers

For Everyone

Lagdei Peat Bog through the Senses
Typology: On foot, Accessible Trail
Interest: Flora, Wildlife
Orecchiella
Typology: On foot, Accessible Trail
Interest: Flora, Wildlife
The Heart of the Park - Walking... Bismantova
Typology: On foot, Accessible Trail
Interest: Panorama

On Foot

Hiking Itineraries
The ridge of the Apennines and the Park territory represent an ideal destination for you, if you love hiking and trekking. There are several itineraries with features and difficulty levels that adapt to the needs and abilities of everyone.
The following itinerary selection, by Daniele Canossini (CAI Reggio Emilia), is divided according to the geographical areas of the Park, represents only a little, but significant part of the opportunities this territory offers to hikers.

Further information
Valle del Cavalbianco
Valle del Cavalbianco

Zone A - Orecchiella and Upper Garfagnana

Municipalities of S. Romano, Villa Collemandina, and Giuncugnano.

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Argegna and Tea
Argegna and Tea
Departure: Giuncugnano
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: T - Tourist (level)
Duration: 6 h
Interest: Panorama, History
Mt. Tondo
Mt. Tondo
Departure: Ponteccio
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
Duration: 5 h
Interest: Panorama, History
Orecchiella and Verrucole
Orecchiella and Verrucole
Departure: S. Romano
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
Duration: 5 h 30 m
Interest: Geology, Panorama, History
Pania di Corfino
Pania di Corfino
A summary of centuries of history intertwined with harsh nature and human constancy
Departure: Corfino
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
Duration: 5 h 30 m
Interest: Geology, Panorama, History
Scaloni and Mt. Vecchio
Scaloni and Mt. Vecchio
Departure: Centro visitatori Orecchiella
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E+ - Hiking (level)+
Duration: 7 h
Interest: Panorama, History

Zone B - Upper Val Dolo and Val d'Asta

Municipality of Villa Minozzo.

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Abetina Reale (Royal Fir Wood)
Abetina Reale (Royal Fir Wood)
Departure: Case di Civago
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: T - Tourist (level)
Duration: 5 h 30 m
Interest: Panorama, History
Upper Val Dolo
Upper Val Dolo
Departure: Civago
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E+ - Hiking (level)+
Interest: Flora, Panorama
Vallestrina and Passone
Vallestrina and Passone
Departure: Rescadore di Febbio
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
Duration: 5 h
Interest: Panorama
Mt. Cisa and Mt. Prampa
Mt. Cisa and Mt. Prampa
Departure: Rifugio Monteorsaro
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E+ - Hiking (level)+
Duration: 4 h 30 m
Interest: Geology, Panorama
Mt. Cusna
Mt. Cusna
Departure: Roncopianigi
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
Duration: 5 h 30 m
Interest: Flora, Wildlife, Panorama

Zone C - Upper Val d'Ozola

Municipality of Ligonchio.

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Le Porraie
Le Porraie
Departure: Passo di Pradarena
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E+ - Hiking (level)+
Duration: 5 h 30 m
Interest: Geology, Panorama
Prati di Sara
Prati di Sara
Departure: Casalino
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
Duration: 6 h
Interest: Panorama, History
Rio Re and Mt. Sillano
Rio Re and Mt. Sillano
Departure: Ligonchio di Sopra
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: T+ - - Tourist (level)+ - 1
Duration: 5 h
Interest: Panorama, Archeology
Cavalbianco
Cavalbianco
Departure: Vaglie
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
Duration: 6 h 30 m
Interest: Panorama, History
Upper Val d'Ozola
Upper Val d'Ozola
Departure: Ligonchio
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E+ - Hiking (level)+
Duration: 8 h 30 m
Interest: Panorama, History

Zone D - Upper Val Secchia and Val Rosaro

Municipalities of Collagna, Fivizzano, and Comano.

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Pezzalunga and Belfiore
Pezzalunga and Belfiore
Departure: Passo Crocetta
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
Duration: 5 h 30 m
Interest: Geology, Panorama
The Springs of Secchia
The Springs of Secchia
Departure: Passo del Cerreto
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: T - Tourist (level)
Duration: 3 h
Interest: Geology, Panorama
Between Mommio and Rosaro
Between Mommio and Rosaro
Departure: Casa Giannino
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E+ - Hiking (level)+
Duration: 5 h 30 m
Interest: Panorama, Archeology, History
Cerreto Alpi and the Lakes
Cerreto Alpi and the Lakes
Departure: Cerreto Alpi
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: T - Tourist (level)
Duration: 4 h
Interest: Panorama, Archeology, History
From Sassalbo to Ospedalaccio
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
Duration: 4 h
Interest: Geology, Panorama

Zone E - Upper Val d'Enza and Val Taverone

Municipalities of Ramiseto, Monchio, Comano, and Licciana.

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Alpe di Succiso
Alpe di Succiso
Departure: Succiso Nuovo
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E+ - Hiking (level)+
Duration: 6 h 30 m
Interest: Panorama, History
Bocco and Malpasso
Bocco and Malpasso
Departure: Passo di Lagastrello
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
Duration: 5 h 30 m
Interest: Geology, Panorama
At the Foot of Mt. Losanna
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E+ - Hiking (level)+
Duration: 7 h
Interest: Flora, Wildlife, Panorama
Groppi di Camporaghena
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E+ - Hiking (level)+
Mt. Acuto
Mt. Acuto
Departure: Passo del Lagastrello
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: T - Tourist (level)
Duration: 5 h
Interest: Geology, Panorama

Zone F - Upper Val Parma, Val Cedra, and Upper Lunigiana

Municipalities of Corniglio, Monchio, Filattiera, Bagnone.

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Badignana Valley
Badignana Valley
Departure: Rif. Lagoni
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: T - Tourist (level)
Duration: 3 h 30 m
Interest: Geology, Panorama
Logarghena and Marmagna
Logarghena and Marmagna
Departure: Rocca Sigillina
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E+ - Hiking (level)+
Mt. Orsaro
Mt. Orsaro
Departure: Lagdei
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
Duration: 4 h 30 m
Interest: Geology, Panorama
Mt. Sillara
Mt. Sillara
Departure: Prato Spilla
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
Duration: 6 h 30 m
Interest: Geology, Panorama
Treschetto Mountains
Treschetto Mountains
Departure: Vico
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E+ - Hiking (level)+

Zone G - Bismantova, Triassic Gypsum Formations, and Mt. Ventasso

Municipalities of Castelnovo Monti, Busana, Ramiseto, and Villa Minozzo.

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Between Busana and Cervarezza
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
Duration: 5 h 30 m
Interest: Flora, Geology, Panorama
Poiano and Sologno
Poiano and Sologno
Departure: Fonti di Poiano
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: T - Tourist (level)
Duration: 4 h
Interest: Geology, Panorama, History
Vologno and Mt. Merlo
Vologno and Mt. Merlo
Departure: Ponte del Pianello
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: T+ - Tourist (level)+
Duration: 4 h
Interest: Geology, Panorama
Mt. Ventasso
Mt. Ventasso
Departure: Rifugio Pratizzano
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
Duration: 4 h
Interest: Flora, Geology, Panorama
Pietra di Bismantova
Pietra di Bismantova
Great place for mountaineering and sports climbing
Departure: Piazzale Dante
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: T+ - Tourist (level)+
Duration: 2 h 30 m
Interest: Panorama, History

Traverses

Crossing the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano

Appennino Tosco-Emiliano Traverse
Appennino Tosco-Emiliano Traverse
Across Appennino Tosco-Emiliano
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E+ - Hiking (level)+
Interest: Panorama, History
From Garfagnana to Bismantova
From Garfagnana to Bismantova
Across Appennino Tosco-Emiliano
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E+ - Hiking (level)+
Interest: Geology, Panorama

By Car

The roads of the Apennines represent a widespread road communication network giving the opportunity to go almost everywhere and maintaining intact the landscape authenticity created over the centuries by the interaction of human activities and nature.
Driving slowly along the road of the Apennines is an interesting and funny way to spend a different weekend rich in surprises.
The 6 historical passes, Cisa, Cirone, Lagastrello, Cerreto, Pradarena, and Radici/Forbici connecting Tuscany with Emilia Romagna are real landscape jewels: discovering them, stopping to admire a panorama or to drink at an ancient fountain or to have lunch in an inn offering authentic tastes is a great opportunity to recover our roots and also some peacefulness.

Porta delle Due Valli
Porta delle Due Valli

From Lunigiana to Parmense

The westernmost section of Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National Park faces four valleys: Val di Magra and Val di Taro towards Tuscany, Valle del Parma and Valle dell'Enza towards Emilia Romagna.

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Upper Val Parma Lagdei - Beech tree woodland
Upper Val Parma Lagdei - Beech tree woodland
From Miscoso to Mt. Ventasso
Typology: Car
Interest: Panorama, History
From Sillara Pass to Filattiera - partly along a dirt road
Typology: Car
Interest: Geology, Panorama
From Terrarossa to Riana
Typology: Car
Interest: Panorama, History

From Bismantova to Garfagnana

The pivot of this itinerary is Cerreto Pass, watershed between Valle del Secchia, which springs from the north-eastern slope of Mt. Alto, and Valle del Rosaro, springing from the Tuscan slope of the same mountain.

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Pietra di Bismantova
Pietra di Bismantova
From Castelnovo ne' Monti to Fivizzano
From Castelnovo ne' Monti to Fivizzano
Departure: Castelnovo ne' Monti
Typology: Car
Interest: Geology, Panorama, Religion, History
From Fivizzano to Castelnuovo in Garfagnana
Typology: Car
Interest: Panorama, History

From Garfagnana to the Lands of Matilda from Canossa

The following routes develop between Pradarena Pass and Radici Pass, where the highest summits of Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National Park lie: Mt. Prado and above all Mt. Cusna, delimiting a large uncontaminated natural area.

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L. Bargetana with Mt. Cusna
L. Bargetana with Mt. Cusna
From Castelnovo ne' Monti to Abetina Reale - partly along a dirt road
Typology: Car
Interest: Panorama, History
From Castelnuovo in Garfagnana to Castelnovo ne' Monti - partly along a dirt road
Typology: Car
Interest: Geology, Panorama, History

Season Itineraries

The opposite slopes of Appennino Tosco-Emiliano offer opportunities for everyone and in any season.
In summer and in winter the northern slope is the most interesting with its trails giving the opportunity to easily access the highest summits and with the snow staying longer on the ground; spring and autumn are the best moment for the southern slope: in March you can enjoy the warmth of the sun among the still bare chestnut trees and in autumn you can walk from a village to another enjoying the one thousand colors.

Pranda Lake
Pranda Lake
The Itinerary of the Month - April
The Itinerary of the Month - April
Somersaults at Mt. Tavola: A picnic for the whole family in the meadows in bloom of Appennino Parmense
Departure: Passo del Cirone
Typology: On foot
Interest: Flora, Wildlife
The Itinerary of the Month - February
The Itinerary of the Month - February
With snow shoes at Ventasso
Departure: Ventasso Laghi
Typology: On foot
Duration: 1 h 20 m
Interest: Wildlife, Panorama
The Itinerary of the Month - June
The Itinerary of the Month - June
Departure: Castelnuovo Garfagnana
Typology: On foot
Interest: Geology, Panorama
The Itinerary of the Month - March
The Itinerary of the Month - March
Looking for spring traces in the south-west of the Park. An itinerary for everyone between Treschietto and Apella in Upper Lunigiana
Typology: On foot
Duration: From Treschietto to Compione: 1 hour and ten minutes....
Interest: Flora, Wildlife
The Itinerary of the Month - May
The Itinerary of the Month - May
The itinerary of May is a prayer because it cannot be anything else
Typology: On foot
Interest: Panorama

Itineraries of Pietra di Bismantova

Specific Community funds of the program Interreg IIIB CADSES (Central European, Adriatic, Danubian, South-Eastern, European Space) have enabled the collaboration of 7 different partners coming from Central-Eastern Europe for the implementation of a project called "SHINING Mountains", acronym of "Sport and Health as an Innovative Initiative for the Growth of Mountains".
The title already describes the main aim of the project, that is stimulating the endogenous potentialities of the mountain areas involved in order to promote a strategy of diversified economic development, re-launching the territories in the fields of sport, wellness, and health. Besides activities rearranging the rural tourist offer, there is the promotion of initiatives strengthening the managerial competence of the local actors operating in the tourist field, in order to create exchange opportunities as well as a complete and integrated offer.
The seven partners coming from 5 different countries of the European Union benefited from the project, experiencing stimulating moments of cultural exchange that have enriched the different and specific technical knowledge of all the participants.

Pietra di Bismantova
Pietra di Bismantova
Itinerary 1: Pietra di Bismantova
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: intermediate
Interest: Panorama
Itinerary 2: Frascaro
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: intermediate
Interest: Panorama
Itinerary 3: Ginepreto
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: intermediate
Interest: Panorama
Itinerary 4: Ventasso
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: intermediate-demanding
Interest: Panorama
Itinerary 5: Sparavalle
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: intermediate-easy
Interest: Panorama
Itinerary 6: Gatta Poiano - Poiano S. Bartolomeo
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: easy
Interest: Panorama

Ten Trails for Cerreto

Between Tuscany and Emilia, at the border with Liguria, there is a mountain pass famous among the people of Emilia, Liguria, and Tuscany. Many people remember Cerreto Pass for the baptism of skis and the snow-clad tracks, but everyone knows that this ridge is rich in glacial lakes and breathtaking views showing, in the distance, the sea of Cinque Terre. Today Cerreto Laghi, one of the most equipped and modern ski resorts of northern-central Italy, reveals its secrets thanks to the commitment of the CAI section from La Spezia.

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Alpe di Succiso from Cerreto Pass
Alpe di Succiso from Cerreto Pass
Blue Itinerary
Blue Itinerary
Piazzale del Lago (1,346) - Pranda Lake (1,273m) - Tornello Road - Morale Road - Cerreto Alpi (921m) - La Gabellina (996m) - Pranda Lake
Departure: Piazzale del Lago del Cerreto
Typology: On foot,
Difficulty Level: rather demanding
Duration: 3 h 30 m
Interest: History
Brown Itinerary
Brown Itinerary
Piazzale Lago (1,346m), le Mandrie (1,500m), il Costone (1,607m), Belfiore Pass (1,669m), junction at Fontanini (1,350m), Junction to Rialbero (1,350m), Junction to Mt. Maccagnino (1,330m), Piazzale Lago (1,346m)
Departure: Piazzale del Lago del Cerreto
Typology: On foot,
Difficulty Level: demanding
Duration: 4 h 30 m
Green Itinerary
Green Itinerary
Piazzale del Lago (1,346m) - Via monte Nuda - trail of the Alpini - loc. Belvedere - Crocetta Pass (1,261m) - Mt. Zuccalone (1,276m) - Pranda Lake (1,273m) - Cerretano Lake
Departure: Piazzale del Lago del Cerreto
Typology: On foot,
Difficulty Level: not very demanding
Duration: 2 h 30 m
Light Blue Itinerary
Light Blue Itinerary
Piazzale del Lago (1,346m) - Pranda Lake - Cerreto Pass (1,253m) - springs of Secchia (1,509m) - Crocetta Pass (1,261m) - Alpini Trail - Piazzale del Lago
Departure: Piazzale del Lago del Cerreto
Typology: On foot,
Difficulty Level: demanding for its length
Duration: 5h and 30' (that can be reduced to 3h, by car from...
Light Green Itinerary
Light Green Itinerary
Alpini Trail - loc. Belvedere - Gea00 - Crocetta Pass - Padule Lake - lake ring-route - uphill trail to Crocetta Pass (96B) - 649B - Mt. Zuccalone - Pranda Lake
Departure: Piazzale del Lago del Cerreto
Typology: On foot,
Difficulty Level: intermediate
Duration: 4 h
Interest: Panorama
Orange Itinerary
Orange Itinerary
Piazzale del Lago (1,346m) - downhill track Pranda - Le Gore Lake - Pranda Lake - Scuro Lake - Vivaio Lake - Cerretano Lake
Departure: Piazzale del Lago del Cerreto
Typology: On foot, By bike, ,
Difficulty Level: not very demanding
Duration: 1 h 30 m
Interest: Panorama
Pink Itinerary
Pink Itinerary
Piazzale del Lago (1,346m) - Via monte Nuda - woodland (1,390m) - road above Palaghiaccio - via Monte Nuda - Cerretano Lake
Departure: Piazzale del Lago del Cerreto
Typology: On foot, ,
Difficulty Level: easy
Duration: 40'
Interest: Flora
Red Itinerary
Red Itinerary
Piazzale del lago (1,346m) - via Belfiore - Nardini dirt road - torrent Riarbero - Junction to Mt. Maccagnino - Cozzani apartment house
Departure: Piazzale del Lago del Cerreto
Typology: On foot,
Difficulty Level: intermediate
Duration: 2 h 30 m
Interest: Panorama
Violet Itinerary
Violet Itinerary
Piazzale del lago (1,346m) - Piazzale delle Brigate Alpine - Alpini Trail - junction to bivouac Rosario - bivouac Rosario (1,612m)
Departure: Piazzale del Lago del Cerreto
Typology: On foot,
Difficulty Level: intermediate (demanding with snow)
Duration: 3h and 15'
Yellow Itinerary
Yellow Itinerary
Piazzale del Lago (1,346m) - via Belfiore - Nardini dirt road - Mt. Maccagnino (1,393m) - Vallefonda (1,289m) - Cozzani apartment house
Departure: Piazzale del Lago del Cerreto
Typology: On foot, By bike, ,
Difficulty Level: easy
Duration: 1 h
Interest: Flora, Wildlife, Panorama

Snowshoeing

Trails on the snow in Appennino Tosco Emiliano National Park

Itinerary 1. Scalucchia Pass
Itinerary 1. Scalucchia Pass
Departure: Succiso Nuovo
Typology: On foot,
Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
Duration: 2 h outward journey only
Interest: Flora, Panorama
Itinerary 2
Itinerary 2
Departure: Rifugio Lagdei
Typology: On foot,
Difficulty Level: T/E
Duration: 2-3 hours round trip
Interest: Flora, Panorama

The Alta Via dei Parchi

A long hike in the northern Apennines

The Alta Via dei Parchi is a 27 stages long itinerary to be walked along the Apennines between Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and the Marches.

1 - Berceto - Lago Santo Parmense
1 - Berceto - Lago Santo Parmense
The first leg of the Alta Via is long and demanding, but offers a wide variety of environments, ranging from the agricultural landscape of the mid Apennines to the rugged peaks of the ridge.
Departure: Berceto
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Duration: 9 h
3 - Prato Spilla - Cerreto Pass
3 - Prato Spilla - Cerreto Pass
A long hike connects the two lowest passes of the Emilian Apennines, both at 1200 metres above sea level and separated by the big mountainous block of Alpe di Succiso-M. Alto-Punta Buffanaro.
Departure: Pratospilla
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Duration: 7 h 30 m
4 - Passo del Cerreto - Passo Pradarena
4 - Passo del Cerreto - Passo Pradarena
Even though the path goes uphill for nearly one kilometre, the stage is restful compared to the previous ones.
Departure: Passo del Cerreto
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Duration: 5 h
5 - Passo Pradarena - Lama Lite
5 - Passo Pradarena - Lama Lite
This is the highest stage of the entire journey, always above 1600 metres of altitude and at one point coming close to 2000 metres above sea level.
Departure: Passo Pradarena
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Duration: 5 h 30 m
6 - Lama Lite - San Pellegrino in Alpe
6 - Lama Lite - San Pellegrino in Alpe
This is a short hiking day with low gradients, accompanied by unforgettable views of the Apuan Alps.
Departure: Lama Lite
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Duration: 5 h 30 m

Via Francigena

22 - From Cisa Pass to Pontremoli
22 - From Cisa Pass to Pontremoli
Departure: Passo della Cisa
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
23 - From Pontremoli to Aulla
23 - From Pontremoli to Aulla
Departure: Pontremoli, Piazza della Repubblica
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Typology: On foot

From Lagoni to Monte Matto

On the traces of the ancient glaciers

Geological and naturalistic itineraries in the high Parma Apennines.

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Typology: On foot
Interest: Geology
Typology: On foot
Interest: Geology, Panorama

Sentiero Italia

(SI L17) Radici Pass - Lama Lite Pass
Departure: Passo delle Radici
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Typology: On foot
(SI L18) Lama Lite Pass - Pradarena Pass
Departure: Passo di Lama Lite
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Typology: On foot
(SI L19) Pradarena Pass - Cerreto Pass
Departure: Passo di Pradarena
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Typology: On foot
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Typology: On foot
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Typology: On foot
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Typology: On foot
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