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Guidebook to the Grand Apennines Trek, or Grande Escursione Appenninica (GEA). Through Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna and two National Parks, this 400km trail takes 23 days to complete, exploring the mountains, forests and hills of central Italy. Suitable for a range of walkers, it can be split into shorter sections or day walks if needed.
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This guidebook describes the Grande Escursione Appenninica (GEA), a nearly 400km long, three week trek crossing the Appenines in 23 stages, from Bocca Trabaria to Passo Due Santi on the edge of Liguria. The route dips in and out of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, never dropping below 400 metres. Best walked between spring and autumn, it is suitable for any reasonably fit walker. Highlights include Monte Prado – Tuscany's highest peak – friendly villages and comfortable hotel-style accommodation, memorable meals and yet few walkers, besides the Casentino National Park and Franciscan sanctuaries, the WW2 Gothic line, open ridges on the northern stretch, alpine-style lakes in the Apennines National Park, magnificent beech woods and alpine flowers.
The guidebook provides step-by-step route descriptions, accompanied by detailed mapping. There are transport options for joining and leaving the walk at a number of points, making it perfect for undertaking in small sections or single-day walks. There are suggestions for accommodation en route in comfortable guest houses and alpine-style huts, making it essential reading for anyone undertaking the GEA.
The Apennines are Italy's best-kept secret. Forming the rugged spine of the Italian peninsula, this range provides thousands of kilometres of marked trails over rocky crests and ridges and explores extensive forests and meadows, following routes established long ago by traders, pilgrims and shepherds and little affected by mass tourism. Dotted throughout are historic sanctuaries, national parks and nature reserves, wildlife and wildflowers, incredible roads and passes, and stark memorials to the terrible events of World War II.
p72 Locanda della Colla www.locandadellacolla.it
p120 Albergo Carpe Diem is currently closed. Stay at Rifugio Bargetana on the previous stage.
p141 Locanda degli Aceri is closed so go to the Ostello. Contact via email email@example.com or phone: mobiles 328 8741814 or 347 4197674. The land line 0525 629072 no longer works.
p145 Zum Zeri website no longer works
(Thanks to Martin and Sue)
|The GEA trek|
|Highlights and shorter walks|
|Plants and flowers|
|When to go|
|Food and drink|
|What to take|
|Using this guide|
|Stage 1 Bocca Trabaria to Passo di Viamaggio|
|Stage 2 Passo di Viamaggio to Caprese Michelangelo|
|Stage 3 Caprese Michelangelo to La Verna|
|Stage 4 La Verna to Badia Prataglia|
|Stage 5 Badia Prataglia to Rifugio Città di Forlì|
|Stage 6 Rifugio Città di Forlì to Passo del Muraglione|
|Stage 7 Passo del Muraglione to Colla di Casaglia|
|Stage 8 Colla di Casaglia to Badia Moscheta|
|Stage 9 Badia Moscheta to Passo del Giogo|
|Stage 10 Passo del Giogo to Passo della Futa|
|Stage 11 Passo della Futa to Montepiano|
|Stage 12 Montepiano to Rifugio Pacini|
|Stage 13 Rifugio Pacini to Pracchia|
|Stage 14 Pracchia to Lago Scaffaiolo|
|Stage 15 Lago Scaffaiolo to Boscolungo|
|Stage 16 Boscolungo to Lago Santo Modenese|
|Stage 17 Lago Santo Modenese to Passo delle Radici|
|Stage 18 Passo delle Radici to Passo di Pradarena|
|Stage 19 Passo di Pradarena to Passo del Cerreto|
|Stage 20 Passo del Cerreto to Prato Spilla|
|Stage 21 Prato Spilla to Lago Santo Parmense|
|Stage 22 Lago Santo Parmense to Passo della Cisa|
|Stage 23 Passo della Cisa to Passo Due Santi|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Italian–English glossary|
|Appendix C Useful contacts|
|Appendix D Background reading|