Italian Apennine Mountains: hiking ancient trails. Itinerary #1

$2,600.00

Hike the Apennine Mountains in Italy, on ancient, recently rediscovered salt paths  from Piedmont, (a Northern Italian Region offering prestigious wines, delicious cheeses), to Liguria, on the Italian Mediterranean coast, home of the famous Cinque Terre, Portofino, enchanting villages and bays.

Description

During our 8 or 9 days hikes our local travel hosts Lorenza and Gianni will guide you through unspoiled landscapes, shady woods, open fields, peaks and valleys, along trails once used by salt merchants and shaped by history.
Enjoy panoramic vistas from the top of the Apennine Mountains and visit  medieval castles in quaint villages,  while savoring plenty of delectable locally sourced and produced Italian food and wines.

We travel in small groups (7-9 people) to preserve an intimate feel to our tours and to experience areas of Italy that few international tourists have explored, off the beaten path.

Our knowledgeable bilingual guides will lead all hikes while informing about local people, history and traditions, landscape and regional delicious food and wine.

Each day will be a treasure of new experiences, including possible encounters with wild horses, and will end in local B&B (Italian “Agriturismo“) with great local food, a simple yet relaxing atmosphere.
ITINERARY # 1   (8 days – 7 nights)

2017 DEPARTURE DATES

May 16 – May 23, 2017

June 13 – June 20, 2017

September 12 – September 19, 2017
USD $ 2600 per person double occupancy (Single + USD$ 500) ** (Max 7-9 people)

Day 1
Pontecurone 2

Malpensa Airport (Milan, Italy) or  hotel (TBD) in Milan meeting; 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 B&B. Dinner and planning for the next day.

Total 11 miles (Km. 17)

Day 3

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

Total 6 miles (Km. 9)

Day 4

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 5

Beautiful walk among ancient forest to reach delightful villages on the Ligurian Apennines. Admire a 1000 year old church, possibly also a museum of ancient belltower clocks. Dinner /Accommodation at local family run B&B.

Total 8 miles (Km. 13)

Day 6

Over a rugged, ever changing landscape, hike to next village. 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 7

Hike to enchanting Bay of San Fruttuoso, reacheable only by boat or on foot through fragrant Mediterranean Pines forest. Admire ancient Abbey. Transfer by boat to village of Portofino. Enjoy gelato (icecream) in Portofino, then reach village of Moneglia by van/bus. Overnight at local inn.

Total 6 miles (Km 10)Portofino, Italy - End of the hike

Day 8

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

Transfer to Malpensa Airport / Hotel in Milan.

 

Total approx. length :  54 miles   Total duration: 8 days    Max. elevation : 5700 ft.

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

The Apennine Mountains Salt Paths hikes require good physical fitness, suitable equipment/clothing, previous hiking/trekking experience.

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

This itinerary may change due to unforeseeable circumstances, i.e. inclement weather, dangerous paths etc.

For more information read Blog: Hiking the Italian Apennine Mountains.

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