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The Secret Apennines

The Apennines - the unknown Italian mountains
Holiday information
Grade: 2-3
Terrain: mountain and woodland paths
Hotels: one 2-star hotel; two 3-star hotels; one 4-star hotel
Meals: breakfast every day, dinner on 6 nights, plus 6 picnics
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Add on a city break in medieval Bologna, alluring Lucca or the great art city of Florence for a real contrast to your walk.
4-night version
If you are looking for a shorter break, we also offer Quiet Mountains of the Apennines.
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • beautiful, little-known mountains
  • sweeping views from the peaks
  • excellent walking
  • warm, genuine hospitality

The Apennines, stretching from Liguria to Umbria, form Italy's spine and offer some of the country's best walking. Our chosen area is the Alto Appennino Bolognese between the great cities of Florence and Bologna and close to the Tuscan border. Here, traditional villages cluster on the lower slopes of dramatic peaks rising to nearly 2,000 metres, and inviting paths lead up through thick, majestic woodland of beech, oak and chestnut to the high mountains.

We have not walked this much, nor enjoyed such hospitality, in years. In the Apennines, the meals are almost as demanding as the walking!
Daily Telegraph
Much of the walking occurs in the protected area of the Corno alle Scale Regional Park, rich in wildlife and flowers, and named after the area's imposing highest peak. In such a quiet, untouristy area, the welcome is genuine and warm. Our chosen inns receive high praise, not least for a regional cuisine of pasta, cured meats, fish from the rivers, bread made from chestnut flour, and, in season, wild mushrooms, truffles and chestnuts.
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