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The Secret Apennines

The Apennines - the unknown Italian mountains
You will be warmly welcomed at all your charming and comfortable hotels.

Hotel Helvetia (4*), Porretta Terme

Meal arrangements: breakfast only

Hotel Helvetia
This is a smart Art Deco-style hotel in the old town with spacious public rooms, pleasant gardens and a spa (pay locally; closed most of June) complete with saunas and a pool. As you stay on a bed and breakfast basis you can choose where you dine from the city's many restaurants. (pay locally).


Hotel Il Fondaccio (3*), Lizzano in Belvedere

Meal arrangements: dinner & breakfast

Hotel Il Fondaccio
This friendly hotel is typical of the authentic inns in this region, with owner Giorgio Gasparini offering warm and genuine hospitality and hearty Emilian cuisine. The outdoor pool (open in the warmer months; approximately mid-June to September) boasts wonderful views across the mountains.


Antica Locanda Alpina (2*), Pianaccio

Meal arrangements: dinner & breakfast

Antica Locanda Alpina
Run by the delightful Gentilini family, this is a simple but charming inn with an excellent restaurant serving home-cooked food.


Hotel Montegrande (3*), Vidiciatico

Meal arrangements: dinner & breakfast

Hotel Montegrande
This hotel is highly praised for the hospitality of the Bartolomei family, and also for the delicious regional cuisine, which is justly renowned locally.


Hotel Alba (3*), Florence

Optional add-on
Meal arrangements: breakfast only

Hotel Alba
Located in the heart of Florence's historic centre, between the River Arno and the church of Santa Maria Novella, the Hotel Alba has been converted from an elegant building with 24 well-appointed and pleasantly decorated rooms.


Piccolo Hotel Puccini (3*), Lucca

Optional add-on
Meal arrangements: breakfast only

Piccolo Hotel Puccini
Lucca is Tuscany's little-known gem. There are few squares as delightful as the Piazza Anfiteatro, built on the site of the Roman amphitheatre. This is the perfect place from which to contemplate this alluring city, with its Renaissance ramparts, jumble of red-tiled houses, ancient churches and splendid cathedral.
The Piccolo Hotel Puccini is a comfortable hotel in the heart of the old town. It is a splendid base from which to explore, being close to many of the main sights – particularly the Piazza San Michele, which is just a few steps away.


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At a glance
Starting point: Hotel Helvetia, Porretta Terme
Days 1-2: Hotel Il Fondaccio, Lizzano
Days 3-4: Antica Locanda Alpina, Pianaccio
Days 5-6: Hotel Montegrande, Vidiciatico
Extend your stay
Add on a city break in medieval Bologna, alluring Lucca or the great art city of Florence for a real contrast to your walk. For those with less time, we also offer a 4-night version of this holiday, Quiet Mountains of the Apennines.
Extra nights
With an extra night at the Hotel Montegrande (Vidiciatico), you can enjoy another of our suggested walks (pay locally for the transfer); from Poretta Terme you can vist Bologna; while Lizzano is an ideal place to relax.