Appennino Tosco-Emiliano Traverse

Across Appennino Tosco-Emiliano

On foot         Great Interest: Panorama Great Interest: Hystory 
  • Difficulty Level: E+ - Hiking (level)+
  • Recommended Period: from June to October

Zona del Parco: Traverses

Traverse developing along the ridge of Appennino Tosco-Emiliano from Mt. Prado to Mt. Orsaro, in the Provinces of Lucca, Reggio, Massa Carrara, and Parma.
The itinerary leaves from Garfagnana and Orecchiella Park and climbs to Mt. Prado, the highest mountain of Tuscany and the second highest mountain of the Park. Then it continues along the GEA route (Grande Escursione Appenninica) across Pradarena Pass and Cerreto Pass, in the heart of Alpe di Succiso group, up to the lakes of Upper Appennino parmense and then down to Cisa Pass, the medieval Mt. Bardone along Via Francigena between Berceto and Pontremoli.

It is always possible to spend the night in mountain huts or hotels-mountain huts, and sometimes it is possible to split up the laps in two days. The departure point and an intermediate point (Cerreto Pass) offer hotels and hostels and are served by public means of transport also on holidays (bus or train). The arrival point requires a further day along Via Francigena to reach the public means of transport from Berceto (bus) or from Pontremoli (train).
The recommended period goes from June to October, but the mountain huts are usually open from late June to mid-September. CAI Battisti and Sarzana Mountain Huts offer a small bivouac which is always open, while along the way there are also the bivouacs Rosario and Schiaffino, and a hotel-mountain hut at Pradarena Pass. Along the alternative route to Bismantova you will find the bivouac S. Maria Maddalena, while the reference hostels and hotels are always open by previous booking.

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The Park is a mosaic of villages

The Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park is made of a variety of distinct and different pieces that come together to create one unforgettable vacation.
While the diversity of the villages, attractions, forests, and mountains may surprise you, their close proximity allows visitors to see a little bit of everything in a short amount of time.
The more you see, the more you can appreciate the entire region. Explore the mosaic of places, people and experiences which make up the Park!