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.
- 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
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.
Municipalities of S. Romano, Villa Collemandina, and Giuncugnano.Further information
Municipality of Villa Minozzo.Further information
Municipality of Ligonchio.Further information
Municipalities of Collagna, Fivizzano, and Comano.Further information
Municipalities of Ramiseto, Monchio, Comano, and Licciana.Further information
Municipalities of Corniglio, Monchio, Filattiera, Bagnone.Further information
Municipalities of Castelnovo Monti, Busana, Ramiseto, and Villa Minozzo.Further information
Crossing the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano
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.
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.Further information
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.Further information
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.Further information
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.
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.
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.Further information
The Alta Via dei Parchi is a 27 stages long itinerary to be walked along the Apennines between Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and the Marches.
Geological and naturalistic itineraries in the high Parma Apennines.