Villa Minozzo, Emilia-Romagna
Monte Cusna is the highest mountain in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park and the 2nd highest in the northern Apennines after Monte Cimone. The locals commonly refer Monte Cusna as Uomo Morto ("Dead Man"), "Uomo che Dorme" ("Sleeping Man") or "Il Gigante" ("The Giant") for its appearance since it resembles a lying man. In fact, the TEA Park used to be known as Parco del Gigante, named after this enormous landmark. During this hike you may run into an Alpine marmot or semi-wild horses grazing on its slopes!
Park at Rifugio Monteorsaro and turn left walking out of the parking lot. Walk along the road for 10 minutes until you see the trailhead for Mt. Cusna on the left. As you follow along this trail, you will pass the small village of Monte Orsaro. You will pass a trail on your left that leads into the town. Do not take this trail. Continue down the path until it makes a sharp right at the end of the village. This is where the loop begins and ends. Continue going straight onto trail 609. As you ascend, this trail will eventually turn into 619.
5 to 6 hours