The Apennines: Hiking Amid Forests and Historic Mountain Villages

This hiking excursion will make you discover ancient forested trails, villages and sanctuaries almost suspended in time, inside the Regional Park of Corno alle Scale, about an hour and a half from Bologna.

Our hike begins in Monteacuto delle Alpi, which has preserved its medieval structure and typical aspect of a mountain village, with its cobblestone streets, stone houses, sandstone-framed doors and windows, and fountains. Taking a trail in the woods, we’ll reach an old mill first, then the historic Sanctuary of Madonna del Faggio, built in 1722 by local mountain villagers in the spot where, according to legend, the Virgin had appeared to a young shepherd boy; we’ll continue to Tresana, the lovely village of hydrangeas, saved from abandonment thanks to local residents who worked to restore it and bring it back to life.

[Read about some of the places we’re going to visit in this article from my blog.]

When: May – June – July – August – September – October.

Length: 5 km (3.1 miles)
Elevation gain: 150 meters (500 ft)
Duration: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Please note: You’ll need light trekking shoes for this tour.
*Tour may be canceled in case of bad weather.

€185 for 1-4 people
€265 for 5-8 people
Transportation and lunch not included.

This tour requires a car. You have two options: rent a car for the day (approximately €40; I can ride in the car with you so you don’t need to worry about directions); or book a private car and driver (approximately €370). It takes an hour and a half to reach the start of the hike.

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