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Itineraries

The Apennines touching the regions of Tuscany and Romagna and in particular Foreste Casentinesi are well-known by hikers. Some classical itineraries like the GEA or the Acquacheta waterfall are usally attended by a constantly growing number of visitors, but the trail network has always been quite poor except for some trails. The Park has worked to fix the trails and to place trail markers along the already existing ones (more than 250 kilometres) and at the same time to create a good and precise instrument of territorial exploration: the hiking map.
The map, scale 1:25.000, includes the description of 160 numbered trails, that is about 250 hours of walks.

Sentiero delle Foreste Sacre (Path of the Sacred Forests)

A seven-stages journey across the nature and the spirituality of the Casentinesi Forests National Park

The itinerary - which is about 100 kilometers long - is divided into seven stages, from the Ponte di Tredozio's Lake to La Verna. Seven days during which you will seldom meet cars or built-up areas, but you will cross the green blanket of the Casentinesi Forests, with the opportunity to visit its most fascinating places: the Acquacheta Valley, the Mount Falterona, the Campigna Forest, the Santa Valley, Camaldoli and La Verna.
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Georef.  ItineraryTypology Interest
Map with georeferenced itineraryIl Sentiero delle Foreste Sacre
1 - Lago di Ponte - San Benedetto in Alpe1 - Lago di Ponte - San Benedetto in Alpe
mountain pass of Tramazzo and the ridge of Mount Susinelli
Departure: Lago di Ponte
On foot On foot
3 to 4 hours
Great interest: Religion 
Map with georeferenced itineraryIl Sentiero delle Foreste Sacre
2 - San Benedetto in Alpe - Castagno d'Andrea2 - San Benedetto in Alpe - Castagno d'Andrea
Acquacheta and Passo del Muraglione
Departure: San Benedetto in Alpe
On foot On foot
7 hours
Great interest: Religion 
Map with georeferenced itineraryIl Sentiero delle Foreste Sacre
3 - Castagno d'Andrea - Campigna3 - Castagno d'Andrea - Campigna
Capo d'Arno, Lago degli Idoli and Monte Falco
Departure: Castagno d'Andrea
On foot On foot
5 to 6 hours
Great interest: Religion 
Map with georeferenced itineraryIl Sentiero delle Foreste Sacre
4 - Campigna - Camaldoli4 - Campigna - Camaldoli
La Calla and Sacro Eremo
Departure: Burraia (Campigna)
On foot On foot
5 to 6 hours
Great interest: Religion 
Map with georeferenced itineraryIl Sentiero delle Foreste Sacre
5 - Camaldoli - Badia Prataglia5 - Camaldoli - Badia Prataglia
Cotozzo, Prato alla Penna, Fangacci and Passo della Crocina
Departure: Monastero di Camaldoli
On foot On foot
4 to 5 hours
Great interest: Religion 
Map with georeferenced itineraryIl Sentiero delle Foreste Sacre
6 - Badia Prataglia - Rimbocchi6 - Badia Prataglia - Rimbocchi
Mandrioli and Passo Serra
Departure: Badia Prataglia (Il Carbonile)
On foot On foot
5 h 30 m
Great interest: Religion 
Map with georeferenced itineraryIl Sentiero delle Foreste Sacre
7 - Rimbocchi - La Verna7 - Rimbocchi - La Verna
Casalino and the difficult uphill road
Departure: Rimbocchi (Cà Santicchio)
On foot On foot
3 to 4 hours
Great interest: Religion 



The Alta Via dei Parchi

A long hike in the northern Apennines

The Alta Via dei Parchi is an itinerary that can be covered on foot along the Apennines between Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and The Marches: these are the stages within the Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, coinciding with the 'Sentiero delle Foreste Sacre' (meaning 'Path of the Sacred Forests').

Georef.  ItineraryTypology Interest
Map with georeferenced itineraryAlta Via dei Parchi
18  - Marradi - Lago di Ponte18 - Marradi - Lago di Ponte
This easy stage moves towards the Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi.
Departure: Marradi
18 Lap of: Alta Via dei Parchi
On foot On foot
6 h
Map with georeferenced itineraryAlta Via dei Parchi
19 - Lago di Ponte - San Benedetto in Alpe19 - Lago di Ponte - San Benedetto in Alpe
This very short and restful hike leads to San Benedetto, where there is a Benedectine abbey of the same-name.
Departure: Lago di Ponte
19 Lap of: Alta Via dei Parchi
On foot On foot
3 h
Map with georeferenced itineraryAlta Via dei Parchi
20 - San Benedetto in Alpe - Castagno d'Andrea20 - San Benedetto in Alpe - Castagno d'Andrea
The first part of the stage is the very popular stroll leading to the Acquacheta.
Departure: San Benedetto in Alpe
20 Lap of: Alta Via dei Parchi
On foot On foot
7 h
Map with georeferenced itineraryAlta Via dei Parchi
21 - Castagno d'Andrea - Campigna21 - Castagno d'Andrea - Campigna
This walk goes over the highest mountains of the Tuscan-Romagnolo Apennines, through expanses of woods that anticipate the forest wealth of the next stages.
Departure: Castagno d'Andrea
21 Lap of: Alta Via dei Parchi
On foot On foot
6 h
Map with georeferenced itineraryAlta Via dei Parchi
22 - Campigna - Camaldoli22 - Campigna - Camaldoli
This beautiful and classic walk runs along the ridge above the Sassofratino Reserve, guardian of the most beautiful forests of the park.
Departure: Campigna
22 Lap of: Alta Via dei Parchi
On foot On foot
5 h
Map with georeferenced itineraryAlta Via dei Parchi
23 - Camaldoli - Badia Prataglia23 - Camaldoli - Badia Prataglia
The hike is entirely in the woods, with rare panoramic openings.
Departure: Camaldoli
23 Lap of: Alta Via dei Parchi
On foot On foot
5 h
Map with georeferenced itineraryAlta Via dei Parchi
24 - Badia Prataglia - La Verna24 - Badia Prataglia - La Verna
This is a long stage that leaves the ridge heading south in the direction of Mount Penna, clearly visible from the beginning of the hike.
Departure: Badia Prataglia (Il Carbonile)
24 Lap of: Alta Via dei Parchi
On foot On foot
8 h 30 m
Map with georeferenced itineraryAlta Via dei Parchi
25 - La Verna - Rifugio Biancaneve al Fumaiolo25 - La Verna - Rifugio Biancaneve al Fumaiolo
This is a long but quite fascinating stage, both in terms of forests and of landscape, due to the appearance of more open environments.
Departure: La Verna
25 Lap of: Alta Via dei Parchi
On foot On foot
8 h 30 m

Da rifugio a rifugio (From mountain hut to mountain hut)

Three-days hikes in Parco delle Foreste Casentinesi

Eight hiking routes to live a unique experience within the National Park, surrounded by nature and by the traditions of the protected area. The rural hospitality and the natural atmosphere are the guarantee to live three days and two nights as better as possible, sure of a warm welcome on your arrival to the involved structures. The proposals - planned within the interterritorial cooperation project entitled "Itinerari turistici rurali polifunzionali dell'Emilia Romagna" (multi-functional rural tourist routes of Emilia-Romagna) - feature a passport and a box containing all the useful information to carry out the suggested hikes.

Georef.  ItineraryTypology Interest
Map with georeferenced itineraryRing-route 1. Acquacheta and Upper Tramazzo.Ring-route 1. Acquacheta and Upper Tramazzo.
S. Benedetto in Alpe - Eremo dei Toschi - Lago di Ponte - S. Benedetto in Alpe
Departure: S. Benedetto in Alpe
On foot On foot
E - Hiking (level)
3.5 hours + 4.5 hours + 3 hours
Great interest: Panorama Great interest: Religion Great interest: History 
Map with georeferenced itineraryRing-route 2. Ancient paths on Bidente delle CelleRing-route 2. Ancient paths on Bidente delle Celle
Corniolo - Le Fontanelle - Campigna - Corniolo
Departure: Corniolo
On foot On foot
T - Tourist (level)
2,5 h + 3,5 h + 2,5 h
Great interest: Flora Great interest: Wildlife Great interest: Geology Great interest: Panorama Great interest: History 
Map with georeferenced itineraryRing-route 3. A ring-route in the heart of the ParkRing-route 3. A ring-route in the heart of the Park
Passo della Calla - Badia Prataglia - Cà di Sopra - Passo della Calla
Departure: Campigna
On foot On foot
EE - For expert hikers
6 h + 6 h + 6,5 h
Great interest: Panorama Great interest: Religion Great interest: History 
Map with georeferenced itineraryRing-route 4. The Via Romea and the Archiano ValleyRing-route 4. The Via Romea and the Archiano Valley
Bagno di Romagna - Podere Santicchio - Badia Prataglia - Bagno di Romagna
Departure: Bagno di Romagna
On foot On foot
E - Hiking (level)
5,5 h + 3,5 h + 4,5 h
Great interest: Flora Great interest: Panorama Great interest: Religion Great interest: History 
Map with georeferenced itineraryRing-route 5. Falterona and Campigna ForestRing-route 5. Falterona and Campigna Forest
Castagno d'Andrea - La Burraia - Campigna - Castagno d'Andrea
Departure: Castagno d'Andrea
On foot On foot
T - Tourist (level)
4,5 h + 3,5 h + 4 h
Great interest: Flora Great interest: Wildlife Great interest: Panorama 
Map with georeferenced itineraryRing-route 6. The Oia Valley and the upper CasentinoRing-route 6. The Oia Valley and the upper Casentino
Camaldoli - La Burraia - La Chiusa - Camaldoli
Departure: Camaldoli
On foot On foot
E - Hiking (level)
6 h + 4,5 h + 4,5 h
Great interest: Flora Great interest: Religion Great interest: History 
Map with georeferenced itineraryRing-route 7. The thousand-year-old Camaldoli ForestRing-route 7. The thousand-year-old Camaldoli Forest
Moggiona - Badia Prataglia - Asqua - Moggiona
Departure: Partina
On foot On foot
E - Hiking (level)
6 h + 6 h + 3,5 h
Great interest: Flora Great interest: Religion Great interest: History 
Map with georeferenced itineraryRing-route 8. La Verna and VallesantaRing-route 8. La Verna and Vallesanta
Badia Prataglia - Podere Santicchio - La Verna - Badia Prataglia
Departure: Badia Prataglia
On foot On foot
EE - For expert hikers
5,5 h + 6 h + 3 h
Great interest: Flora Great interest: Panorama Great interest: Religion Great interest: History 



The Nature Trails

9 trails to discover the territory and nature of the Park

The Nature Trails (Sentieri Natura) are a particular series of trails created by the Park. They are itineraries of a few kilometers, along which it is possible to discover and recognize territorial features (trees, rocks, traces of the animal presence) in a "self-guided" way. The beginning of each trail is marked by the presence of a panel describing its features. The Park area includes nine Nature Trails, easily accessible, along which you will find some observation points marked by numbered poles. Visitors may use a small and practical brochure-guidebook (for sale in the Visitor Centers or in the Park Info Points) leading to the discovery and interpretation of the main features of the environments they will cross. The descriptions deal with the geomorphological structure of the territory, the vegetation, the wildlife, and the history of the places. The brochures are made to be easy to use, and to this aim they deal with the issue with a didactic method. Therefore, they are addressed to schools, but also to not expert hikers who would like to rely on an instrument for a first approach to the territory. The Nature Trails represent an invitation to observation and to a responsible approach to the protected area. The itineraries have been chosen for their proximity to busy and well known areas, and each develops a particular issue, so that it will be interesting to discover all of them.

Georef.  ItineraryTypology Interest
AcquachetaAcquacheta
Dante's valley and waterfall
On foot On foot
4 h 30 m
Great interest: Flora Great interest: Geology 
Badia Prataglia - CapannoBadia Prataglia - Capanno
The beech tree wood
On foot On foot
2 h
Great interest: Flora 
CamaldoliCamaldoli
Trees and Wood
On foot On foot
2 h
Great interest: Flora Great interest: Religion 
CampignaCampigna
The Silver Fir and the fir tree woods
On foot On foot
2 h 30 m
Great interest: Flora 
 Castagno d'Andrea
The chestnut tree culture
On foot On foot
2 h
Great interest: Flora Great interest: History 
 Fiumicello
Following the traces left by man
On foot On foot
2 h
Great interest: History 
RidracoliRidracoli
Stone Traces
On foot On foot
3 h
Great interest: Flora Great interest: Wildlife Great interest: Geology Great interest: History 
To Sacro Monte de la VernaTo Sacro Monte de la Verna
Nature, history, and spirituality
On foot On foot
1.45 hours
Great interest: Flora Great interest: Religion 
 Tredozio-Ponte Lake
Nature and the forms of the territory
On foot On foot
2 h
Great interest: Flora 



The Park for Everyone

Drawing visitors closer to nature is one of the Park aims, and this aim is even more admirable if it can involve everyone, without any exception. The principle animating the project is to put at the visitors' disposal some structures which are accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities.
In 2002, the first accessible trail was created in Campigna di Santa Sofia (FC) on the Park slope of Romagna, and in 2004 the accessible trail in Badia Prataglia (AR), on the Park slope of Casentino, was inaugurated.
The first trail, called "Un sentiero per tutti... i sensi" (A trail for all... senses), follows the famous Viale del Granduca di Campigna mentioned by the poet Dino Campana and is structured in 10 points along a route of about 350 meters; the trail in Badia Prataglia, "Una Foresta per tutti... i sensi: un sentiero per Sonia" (A Forest for all senses: A trail for Sonia), develops in loc. Capanno and has as a guiding thread the evolution of the relationship between man and forest over the centuries.
Both trails, prepared in collaboration with Corpo Forestale dello Stato - Ufficio Amministrazione Riserve Naturali Casentinesi ex ASFD, are structured in points suitable for all visitors and meeting different needs as far as heights, accessibility, and reading of the panels are concerned. Since it is a project dedicated to everyone, it aims at leading us to use all our senses according to our personal condition. The different points are rich in information, objects, and finds; to enjoy all this, sight is not the only important sense, but you are often invited to close your eyes, stop, touch, and listen.
Trunks, barks, landscapes, traces, sounds, rocks, are all little clues essential to discover the richness of these places, to explore the Park and nature in a different way.

Carrello Emporio Buz online the publications Un sentiero, un lago e una foresta per tutti i sensi

Georef.  ItineraryTypology Interest
A Forest for All... Senses: A Trail for SoniaA Forest for All... Senses: A Trail for Sonia
Highly Accessible Trail
On foot Accessible TrailOn foot
 
A Trail for All... SensesA Trail for All... Senses
Highly Accessible Trail
On foot Accessible TrailOn foot
 

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