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CORNO ALLE SCALE: A HIDDEN PARADISE BETWEEN BOLOGNA AND FLORENCE

a walking tour of 7 days

 

This lovely walking vacation begins in Lizzano Belvedere, a small oasis in the Regional Park of Corno alle Scale on the border between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. In this protected mountainous area you walk on well marked Italian Alpine Club trails (CAI) passing through isolated valleys full of chestnuts, oaks, beeches, maples. You will reach the peaks of the Apennine area with as highlight the top of the mountain Corno alle Scale (about 2.000 meters above sea level). You pass small villages  situated in green forest, sanctuaries and waterfalls flowing down from mountains. Walking along quiet mountain trails it is easily to hear the sound of the whistling marmot or see  in the woods deer's, foxes, wild boars, hazes and squirrels. Discover this still unknown part of Italy, a unique place for a walking vacation, where you will have a unique encounter with true hospitality. It is a place to rediscover the more human rhythms of life, natural aromas and flavours, enjoy organic drinks and delicious traditional dishes. You will taste excellent wines combined with fresh and aged cheeses of local milk, because you are in the middle of the Parmigiano Reggiano production area. And just a few miles from here, in the province of Modena, are produced the famous  balsamic vinegar and ham.

 

 

 

programme

Day 1

Individual arrival in Lizzano di Belvedere

The Gasparini family will warmly welcome you into their *** mountain hotel. If customers arrive at the railway station of Porretta Terme (from Bologna direct train via Bologna-Pistoia) it is possible to organize a transfer with taxi or private mini-bus.

The rooms of the hotel are comfortable and all have private bathrooms. In the garden you can relax in the sun with a good book or just enjoy the fresh air of the countryside. This evening begins your exploration of the most delicious regional dishes

Dinner and overnight stay in Lizzano di Belvedere

 

Day 2

A ring walk: Monte Belvedere  

After breakfast you will have a short transfer to the start of your walk in Raspadore. An old footpath takes you up to the summit of Monte Belvedere (1138m a.s.l.) where you will have a fantastic 360 view of the surrounding Apennine mountains. Here are still visible the remains of a medieval castle built in 1287 by the town of Bologna to defend its borders. The route follows the "Sentiero della Libert" trail (path of freedom) that recalls the struggle to recapture the Gothic Line during the Second World War. On foot you return to Lizzano di Belvedere. Dinner and overnight stay

Starting point of your walk: 598m - highest point 1138m; distance: 13 Km (8 miles); walking time: 4 hrs 30 min

 

Day 3

From Lizzano to Pianaccio  

The walk of today begins in Lizzano. You walk through oak and beech forest, passing an old water mill and the 17th century Sanctuary of Madonna del Faggio. You will reach the medieval village Monteacuto from where you have beautiful view of the east face of the Corno alla Scale. You continue to your final destination of today, Pianaccio. Your overnight stay, surrounded by chestnuts, is in the Locanda Alpina, which for over 100 years is run by the Gentilini family. Besides a warm welcome you will get served an excellent dinner. Dinner and overnight in Pianaccio

Starting point of your walk: 665m - highest point 913m; distance: 12 km (7,5 miles); walking time: 4 hrs 15 min 

 

Day 4

Ring walk: Pianaccio Il Passo del Cancellino 

After breakfast you will have a short transfer to Sega Vecchia where today's trail starts. You walk to the pass 'Passo del Lupo' and here you will have a stunning view over the valley of the river Causso and the surrounding mountain peaks. You continue walking through beech forests and crossing mountain meadows to reach the mountain hut Porta Franca, which is located in the region of Tuscany. The route rises still a bit untill you reach the Poggio delle Ignude ridge (1651 m) and then starts a well deserved descent to the Passo del Cancellino pass. After some great views over the valley 'Valle del Silla' and the mountains Corno alle Scale and La Nuda, the route takes you back to Sega Vecchia and from here it is a 1,2 miles walk to return back to Pianaccio. Dinner and overnight stay at Locanda Alpina

Starting point of your walk: 1000m - highest point 1651m; distance: 16 km (10 miles); walking time: 6 hrs

Day 5

From Pianaccio to Vidiciatico

Today you can choose whether you want to follow route 115, which starts in the village Pianaccio or to start your walk from the  Sega Vecchia mountain hut. After this mountain hut you reach the junction of roads, called Sboccata dei Bagnadori, and here you can choose again from two variants: the route which will take you directly to the Croce dei Colli (1234m), then continues to C Lenzi and ends in Vidiciatico or a longer route to the summit of Monte Grande (1531m) from where you have a beautiful view over the national park. Both routes are ending in Vidiciatico where you spend the night in the centre of town in the hotel *** of the friendly Bartolomei family. Dinner and overnight stay in Vidiciatico

Starting point of your walk: 761m -highest point 1531m; distance: 12 (7,5 miles) -15 km (9,3 miles); walking time: 4hrs 30 min -5 hrs 30 min 

 

Day 6

Ring walk: Vidiciatico  - La Nuda

You have a short transfer to the mountain lake 'Laghetto del Cavone' (1435m), which is the starting point of a scenic route crossing the valley Valle del Rio. Near the sources of the Rio Piano you continue your walk to the "Passo del Vallone" pass and then you continue climbing to reach the summit of' Monte La Nuda '(1828m). The trail descends along the Via dei Signori and reaches first the plain 'Pian d'Ivo' and then the Sboccata dei Bagnadori. Here you can choose to follow the route of yesterday to Croce dei Colli, C Lenzi till Vidiciatico, or route 127 to Budiara and then 1,2 miles along a quiet asphalted road to Vidiciatico. Dinner and overnight stay in Vidiciatico  

Starting point: 810m - highest point 1828m; distance: 12 (7,5 miles)-14 km (8,7 miles); walking time: 4hrs 50 min -5 hrs 25 min

Day 7

End of services after breakfast

On request we can organize a transfer with taxi or private mini-bus to the railway station of Porretta Terme

 

 

 

 

 

Included in this walking tour:  

  • overnight stays in good  *** star hotels and a locanda with breakfast  

  • 6 evening meals

  • 5 lunch packages

  • luggage trasportation

  • route notes (English) and maps

  • transfers mentioned in the programme (to the starting point of the walks)

  • emergency line

   

Period

free arrival days from 1 May till 15 July and from 20 August till 15 October

Level 3

For walkers with walking experience and good physical condition. Routes middle/high landscapes with some steep climbs. Day distances between 7 and 10 miles with an average of 1,8 miles an hour (between 4 and 7 hrs walking). Walking along footpaths, mountain tracks, forest trails and little road walking. Maximum ascent 950 m till maximum descent 1050 m.

Price p.p. 2016

in double room 470,00   

supplement single room    50,00  

supplement high season (July-August)  50,00

Transfer from and to station of Poreta Terme (1-4 pax; to pay in loco)  30,00 Euro

Parking place in garage (1 week; to pay in loco)  36,00