“Alta Via dei Parchi” (parks high route) is a 27-stage hiking trail of about 500 km that goes up and down the Apennines, through Emilia-Romagna, Marche and Tuscany.
It goes across two national Parks (the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines park and the Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona and Campigna one), five regional parks (Alto Appennino Modenese, Valli del Cedra e del Parma, Corno alle Scale, Laghi di Suviana e Brasimone, and the Vena del Gesso Romagnola) and an interregional park (Sasso Simone e Simoncello).
You can either walk the entire length of the trail or divide it into treks of a few days each, as many of the access points to the route can be reached by public transport or by car.
This is the slow way to discover the northern Apennines, taking you through all the territory’s different environments from high altitude lakes to forests and chalk cliffs.
In addition to the natural beauty, you can admire the traces left all through the centuries, such as ancient roads, monasteries and hermitages. And the legacy of mountain peasant life.
In Bologna’s territory:
Length: 142,8 km
Number of stages: 7
High-top hiking boots and thermal anti-blister socks are recommended.
40/50 litre rucksack that should never exceed 7-8 kg (water included. At least 3 litres per day are recommended in summer. On some parts of the route there are neither drinking water fountains nor shops)
First aid kit
GPS system for orientation
Telephone and battery charger + power bank
Walkable all year round. Beware during summer periods for high temperatures and winter periods for low temperatures and snow.
Download the GPX track