Trip Details at-a-Glance
|Lodging:||10 nights hotels, 2 nights alpine lodge with private rooms and baths|
|Meals:||All meals included except 1 dinner|
|Activity:||Cultural Adventures, Hiking / Trekking|
11 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 3-8 hours a day, altitudes on average between 4,000-7,000 feet, van support (for luggage or tired feet), team of up to 3 Trip Leaders
- Hike the Apennines along the spine of Italy and through three national parks
- Walk along an old Roman road and through the famous Carrara marble quarries
- Experience the culture and cuisine of six different regions of Italy—Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, and Abruzzo!
- Sip robust Barbera wine, taste hearty delicacies from Abruzzo
- Explore Fiesole, in the hills above Florence, and Settignano, home of many Renaissance artists and sculptors
- Overnights in wonderful hotels and a historic mountain lodge
Choosing the Right Trip
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Join us for our newest creation in Italy—a hiker’s journey along the Apennines, a long sweeping chain of mountains that form the spine of the Italian Peninsula. Our adventure—Part I of a fantastic journey from Liguria to Rome (Part II will bring us all the way to Calabria)—is the happy invention of veteran WT Trip Leader Gianluca Canalicchio, who never tires of exploring his native country and sharing its delights with our travelers. Our hikes begin at the edge of the sea in the famed Cinque Terre, and bring us up into verdant mountains, through three national parks, and six different regions of Italy—each with their own distinctive cuisines and wines! We’ll hike along old Roman roads, through the famed marble quarries of Carrara, and on forested trails leading to summits with glorious views. A special treat is a stay at a historic mountain lodge set atop an eerily beautiful plateau in the Gran Sasso Massif, our gateway for hikes to the highest peaks of the Apennines. Along the way, we experience villages and towns that for centuries have been the keepers of local traditions. Amatrice, home of the renowned spaghetti all’Amatriciana; historic Fiesole and Settignano, set in the olive-covered hills above Florence; Norcia, the ideal Umbrian setting for hikes in the Sibillini Mountains—they’re all on this magnificent hiker’s adventure!
Itinerary at a Glance
Ligurian Coast / Apuan Alps
From the enchanting beach resort town of Levanto, set just north of Italy’s celebrated Cinque Terre, we head to the mountains and follow an undulating trail paralleling the coast that brings us among the highest peaks of the Ligurian Mountains. In the Apuan Alps, our trails lead through the extensive network of ancient quarries where pure white Carrara marble has been excavated for thousands of years.
Emilia-Romagna / Monte La Nuda / Pietra di Bismantova
Parco Nazionale Apennino Tosco-Emiliano is an extraordinary environment of grasslands, lakes, waterfalls, and steep summits—an amazing setting for our hikes. Starting right from our hotel, we head to the summit of Monte La Nuda (6,217’), set on the border of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. On a clear day, we can see as far as the Ligurian Sea! After a hike to Passo Pradarena (5,180’), we head to Castelnovo né Monti, a charming town set below the massive Pietra di Bismantova, an incredible flat-topped mesa that dominates the surrounding area. An optional hike brings us to its summit (3,435’).
Flaminia Militare / Fiesole, Tuscany
For the next two days, we hike a section of the Sentiero degli Dei (“Paths of the Gods”) that connects Bologna to Florence on a long-distance trail of some 75 miles. The trail, built by the consul Flaminius in 197 BC, is called the “Flaminia Militare” and features original Roman paving stones in some places, as well as the remains of trenches and bunkers dating from the fierce fighting that took place here during World War II. On Day 7, we overnight in Fiesole, a town of Etruscan origins set in the hills above the magnificent city of Florence.
Settignano / Norcia, Umbria / Sibillini Mountains
A wonderful hike leads to Settignano, once home to many artists, sculptors, and stonecutters, including Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. After discovering the town’s stone-paved walkways and old villas, we head to Norcia, in Umbria, the “green heart” of Italy. Our hikes in Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini bring us steeply to the summit of Monte Patino (6,178’) and onto the slopes of Monte Vettore (8,123’). On Day 10, we overnight in Amatrice, in the Lazio region, where no doubt we will dine on its namesake dish—spaghetti all’Amatriciana!
Lake Campotosto / Campo Imperatore
Our hike in Parco Nazionale Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga brings us to Campotosto (4,659’), set near a lake that’s a nature reserve for migratory birds. We then head to Campo Imperatore, a beautiful, high-altitude grassland plateau in the Gran Sasso massif. We follow a trail that traverses the steep rugged limestone slopes of Corno Grande (9,554’) and Corno Piccolo (9,482’), the highest peaks of the Gran Sasso. Overnights are at a mountain rifugio that offers a spectacular setting, great food, and warm, welcoming service. Depart on Day 13 via Rome.
What the Trip is Like
This trip is rated Level 4+, Moderate to Strenuous. Most hiking is on average between 4,000 and 7,000 feet. However, at times we hike at higher elevations, as on Day 12 on the Campo Imperatore, but altitude is not usually a problem for people on this trip. Our trails vary from well groomed paths to those that are narrow and rocky, with some exposure at times. There is a good bit of up-and-down hiking during the 3-8 hours on the trail each day, so we recommend you make a special effort to get in top physical shape for the trip. Of course, you are always free to skip a day’s hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle.
Getting in Shape
We strongly urge you to “train up” for your trip. The best training for hiking is to hike, especially over hills or rough terrain. Next best are running, swimming, bicycling, or other sports exercise (stair-climbing machines are excellent preparation for hiking uphill). It’s important to take time to build up muscle and endurance prior to your trip. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule at least a couple of months before departure. Your feet should also be well prepared—make sure your hiking boots are sturdy and thoroughly broken-in.
Trip Payment Schedule
At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule
More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Trip Cost Includes:
- Expert leadership of at least two Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders (and often three, depending on group size)
- Accommodations in hotels and two nights in a mountain lodge
- All meals included except 1 dinner
- A glass of wine or beer with dinner
- Cable cars and funiculars required to reach trailheads and overnight destinations
- Transfers to Rome airport or train station at designated times at the conclusion of the trip
Trip Cost Does Not Include:International airfare; transport to Levanto on Day 1; any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure; airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff; additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expense of medical immunizations (if any); travel insurance or passports; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).
Arrival & Departure InformationYou are responsible for your own transportation arriving to Levanto, Italy, and departing from Rome, Italy. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.
Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip and have reviewed your proposed air schedule with our office. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.
Suggested Arrival Airport:
Levanto, Italy (airport code: OLB)
Suggested Airport for Departure:
Rome, Italy (airport code: OLB )
Suggested departure time: 1:00 pm or later