Hiking in Italy: Ancient trails to the Coast. Itinerary #2


The Salt Paths are ancient trails used from the Roman times, through the Middle Ages, until World War II, by merchants and their mules to transport salt from the Ligurian Coast to inland cities in Piedmont and Italy.

Crossing the mild mountain chain of the Apennines, the Salt Paths offer the unique experience of quiet & unspoiled nature, incredible beauty, great locally sourced food, quaint old villages and stunning vistas.


Casa Italia’s hiking tour unfolds along ancient paths from the Piedmont Region, covered by wine yards, to the Italian Riviera along the Ligurian Coast  crossing the Apennines Mountains, a mild mountain chain parallel to the Mediterranean.

Travel to Mount Antola

Hiking in Italy – Apennine Mountains: Mount Antola

Starting from the quaint village of San Sebastiano Curone, we will hike 4-7 hours a day along paths offering panoramic mountain views, an occasional glimpse of the Mediterranean Sea.

The tour ends on the Ligurian Coast, near Cinque Terre.

Along the path we will spend the night at quaint inns and B&B in old villages, survivors of centuries of battles, trade wars, i.e. Uscio, Bobbio, famous for its Abbey, founded in 624 A.D.

The B&Bs we selected (agriturismo in Italian) are unique for their history, architecture, “personality”, charm.

Savor delicious home-made meals with locally sourced meats and produce, handmade pasta, authentic Italian salami, wine.

A van will always be available for assistance, transport luggage, offer respite or a break.

Visit the only tower clocks museum in the world, stroll a village allegedly visited by UFOs, enter churches built to commemorate miracles.

After 9 days (8 nights) of hiking along the Apennines Mountains, descend to the Mediterranean Sea, near the stunning village of Camogli, a gem of the Italian Riviera, after having admired the beauty of the ocean from afar.

Visit the famous, breathtaking Ligurian Coast, where steep mountains plunge directly into the ocean and colorful small villages cling to the rocks.

For more info read Casa Italia’s blog
Tour dates for 2017


USD $ 2800 per person double occupancy (Single + USD$ 200) ** (Max 6-8 people) – SPECIAL MIDWEST MOUNTANEERING EXPO PRICE THRU DEC. 31st, 2016: $2750

Day 1

Pontecurone 2Pick up at Malpensa Airport (Milan, Italy) or at hotel (TBD) in Milan, transfer to the Piedmont Region. Overnight at Agriturismo (B&B) in San Sebastiano Curone, stroll the village, welcome dinner.

Day 2

By van to Piani di San Lorenzo (3300 ft, 1000 m) begin our hike, reaching highest elevation mountain 5,600 ft (1700 m/). Reach quaint village on the Apennines. Stay at family run inn. Dinner and planning for the next day.

Total 11 miles (Km. 17)

Day 3 – 4

Walk to our next destination, reach village of Bobbio. Accommodation in a typical agriturismo, possibly an ancient convent. Stroll Bobbio’s famous Roman Humpback bridge (Devil’s Bridge), admire the St. Colombanus Abbey. Homemade dinner at agriturismo.

Total 6 miles (Km. 9)

Day 5

Reach next village through Parco dell’Antola (Mount Antola Provincial Park).Mount Antola
Dinner / accommodation at local agriturismo, famous for its production of rose liqueurs, jams and preserves.

Total 9 miles (Km 16)

Day 6

Beautiful walk among ancient forest to reach delightful village on the Ligurian Apennines. Admire 1000 year old church, museum of tower clocks. Dinner /accommodation at local family run inn.

Total 8 miles (Km. 13)

Day 7

Hike to next village over a rugged, ever changing landscape. Accommodation in a former monastery with spectacular views of the “Golfo Paradiso” (Gulf of Paradise, on the Italian Riviera).

Total 8 miles (Km. 12)

Day 8

Hike to enchanting Bay of San Fruttuoso, reachable only by boat or on foot through fragrant Mediterranean Pines forest. Admire ancient Abbey. Transfer by boat to village of Portofino. Savor gelato (ice cream) in Portofino, then reach village of Moneglia by van/bus.

or Portofino, Italy - End of the hike

Visit one of the delightful ancient villages of Cinque Terre, perched on the steep coast. Stroll the beach.

Overnight at local inn.

Day 9

Transfer to Malpensa Airport / hotel in Milan.

Total approx. length :  54 -60 miles

Total duration: 9 days

Max. elevation : 5700 ft.

**All inclusive double occupancy price. Not included: airfare, hotel expenses/sightseeing in Milan, Italy or at locations not included in Itinerary, personal expenses.

The Apennine Mountains Salt Paths itineraries are relatively demanding, require good physical fitness/conditioning, suitable equipment/clothing, some previous hiking/trekking experience.

Accommodation, optional sightseeing for Milan, Italy/other areas arranged upon request.

This itinerary might change slightly due to unforeseeable circumstances such as inclement weather, dangerous path conditions etc.

Hiking in Italy: the trails of Via Del Sale (Salt Paths) are ancient merchant trails between Piedmont and the Ligurian Coast (the Gulf of Genoa, on the Italian Riviera), across the Apennines Mountains.

Italy - Area of the Salt Paths

Italy – Area of the Salt Paths

They were used by the Romans and medieval merchants to transport salt from the coast to the interior and recently rediscovered.

A  moderate pace hike, with frequent stops for rest and lunch, will showcase the beauty of the Italian countryside, mountain and seacoast landscape,  stunning panoramas, the quiet of  wooded paths.

Daily hikes along the Salt Paths average from a minimum of 3-4 hours, to a maximum of 6-8, covering up to 8-10 miles per day (total about 50-60 miles per tour).

Elevations in the Italian Apennines range from 1150 ft to 5745 ft.

A few meeting points are established with our support vehicle to allow for restoratives pauses and rest.

Participants have the option to reach the final destination by van, while others in the group enjoy the remainder of the walk.

This region features a great variety of terrains: long stretches of flat walks, alternating with ascending and descending rolling or rocky paths, offering both challenging and leisurely hikes.

Some occasional encounters with wild horses.

Overnight at quaint B&Bs in the countryside: i.e. Cascina Battignana – one of the agriturismo (B&Bs) along the Salt Paths.

To best enjoy Casa Italia hikers ought to be in good physical conditions.

Meeting point at Malpensa Airport (MPX) in Milan Italy (www.milan-mxp.com), one of the Italian major international airports, with non-stop service from many US cities. Alternatively meet at some other some pre-determined meeting points in Milan, Italy.


  • Expert, 24/7 bilingual (Italian-English) local guides
  • Airport/meeting point pick up and drop off
  • Small groups (max. 8-9 people)
  • Personalized tours & sightseeing
  • All meals, local wines (during dinner), gratuities

    A glimpse of the Mediterranean Ocean from the Apennines mountains

  • All accommodations (inns, 2 star hotels/B&B) while on tour
  • Local tourist taxes
  • Support vehicle following tour
  • Entrance fees to most museums
  • Visit to National and Regional Parks en route


  • Airfare
  • Drinks outside meals
  • Personal Insurance (mandatory)
  • Personal expenses
  • Everything else not explicitly included

Additional information

9 day tour option

Longer tour option: 9 day tour: $2800 (land only)


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