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Itineraries

Vena del Gesso is perpendicularly crossed by three main river valleys (Santerno, Senio, Sintria), and by a fourth valley going along it in the east (Lamone).
The four gypsum bars delimited by the watercourses are interested by as many ring-route itineraries, to follow on foot.
A fifth itinerary connects the whole pedestrian system from one end to the other of Vena del Gesso Romagnola Park.
This system of hiking trails is directly managed by Club Alpino Italiano (CAI), in collaboration with the Park Authority.

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PDF Download the brochure Sicuri sulla Vena del Gesso Romagnola (694Kb)

 

Itineraries
Abysses' Path
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Duration: 2 h
Interest: Geology
Carné Ring-route
Carné Ring-route
Departure: Centro visita di Ca' Carné
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: easy
Duration: 3 h
Interest: Wildlife, Geology, Panorama
Crystals' Path
Typology: On foot
Interest: Geology
Mt. Mauro Ring-route
Typology: On foot
Duration: 7 h
Interest: Flora, Wildlife, Geology, Panorama
Riva di San Biagio Ring-route
Riva di San Biagio Ring-route
Departure: Tossignano
Typology: On foot
Duration: 8 h
Interest: Flora, Wildlife, Geology, Panorama
The Great Traverse of Vena del Gesso Park
Typology: On foot
Interest: Flora, Wildlife, Geology, Panorama, Photography
Urban Itinerary on the Gypsum Formations of Brisighella
Typology: On foot
Duration: 1 h
Interest: Geology, Panorama

Mountain Bike Itineraries

Cycle way of the gypsum outcrops
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: By bike
Difficulty Level: high
Interest: Geology, Panorama
Orange route
Orange route
Departure: Riolo Terme
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: By bike
Difficulty Level: medium to difficult
Interest: 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.

14 - Alpe di Monghidoro - Le Selve
14 - Alpe di Monghidoro - Le Selve
This long stage leads to the hills of Romagna, crossing remarkably different environments.
Departure: Alpe di Monghidoro
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E (for hikers)
Duration: 8 h
15 - Le Selve - Tossignano
15 - Le Selve - Tossignano
Easy stage on the hills, hiking along minor roads: the long stretch across the ridge is very scenic.
Departure: Le Selve
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: E (for hikers)
Duration: 5 h
16 - Tossignano - Carnè
16 - Tossignano - Carnè
It is perhaps the most unique stage of the entire Alta Via, almost entirely hiking along the crest of the Vena del Gesso.
Departure: Tossignano
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: EE (for experienced hikers)
Duration: 8 h
17 - Carnè - Marradi
17 - Carnè - Marradi
A long hilly stage, this one mainly keeps on the ridge between the valleys of the Senio and Lamone.
Departure: Carnè
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: EE (for experienced hikers)
Duration: 8 h

Hiking Trails

CAI Trail "Luca Ghini": from Casalfiumanese to Vena del Gesso
Typology: On foot
Interest: Flora, Panorama
CAI Trail 505: from Faenza to Vena del Gesso (and beyond)
Typology: On foot
Duration: 5 h
Interest: Geology, Panorama
CAI Trail 511 "Luigi Rava"
CAI Trail 511 "Luigi Rava"
Departure: Brisighella
Typology: On foot
Duration: 6 h 30 m
Interest: Panorama, History

Nordic Walking Park in Vena del Gesso Romagnola

The Nordic Walking Park is a network of short circuits, perfect for people who want to start moving with sticks, following the signs that indicate distances and degrees of difficulty. These itineraries allow you to visit the most typical places of Vena del Gesso, through the history, the geology and the wonderful landscapes of Brisighella.
The sticks and the different paths are useful for longer and longer training, improving coordination and physical endurance.
Each itinerary starts from and arrives at a parking space where it is possible to park the car. Sticks are given freely at the Tourist Office of Brisighella and at the Visitor Center Ca' Carnè.

PDF Download the brochure (In Italian - 26,5Mb)

Nordic Walking
Nordic Walking
1. Historical and geological route
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: Easy in every season
Duration: about 50 minutes
Interest: Geology, History
2. Geological and panoramic route
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: Easy, but with short and steep rises that become s...
Duration: about 40 minutes
Interest: Geology, Panorama
3. Landscape and athletic route
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: Difficult due to its length and muddy in case of r...
Duration: about one and a half hours
Interest: Panorama
4. Landscape, geological, archaeological route
Typology: On foot
Difficulty Level: Easy, but with a demanding rise. Short asphalted s...
Duration: about 50 minutes
Interest: Geology, Panorama, Archeology

Paths' connection:

Path no. 2 is directly linked both to no. 1 and no. 3.
1 + 2 = 5,5 km > Easy with short slopes.
2 + 3 = 8,84 km > Demanding with slopes and slippery in case it rains.
2 + 4 = 7,5 km > Demanding with slopes and slippery in case it rains.
1 + 2 + 4 = 9,3 km > Easy, but with slippery slopes in case it rains.
1 + 2 + 3 = 13 km > Demanding with slopes and slippery in case it rains.
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 16,5 km > Demanding both for length and for difficulty.

The Gypsum Way

A walk from Imola to Faenza within Parco della Vena del Gesso Romagnola, in the midst of nature, culture, and local products

Three days (or even better, four) for an incredible, 70-km long walk (with remarkable differences in elevation) between Imola and Faenza, two lively towns of Emilia-Romagna along the Via Emilia, across a spectacular and literally shining mountain ridge, entirely made of gypsum and now protected by the Regional Park Vena del Gesso Romagnola.

The Gypsum Way
The Gypsum Way
A walk from Imola to Faenza within Parco della Vena del Gesso Romagnola, in the midst of nature, culture, and local products
Departure: Imola
Map with georeferenced itinerary
Typology: On foot
Interest: Geology, Panorama
Duration: 11 h
Duration: 8 h
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