An incredible hike through two national parks, five regional parks and an interregional one in the beautiful Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and Marche Apennines: 500 km divided into 27 stages, getting the traveler great emotions and adventure, thanks to breathtaking landscapes, wide scenery, wild nature and historic traces of ancient boundaries.
The route allows hikers to admire the best of what the Apennines mountains are able to offer: glacial circques, lakes immersed in high altitude meadows, crumbling streams, endless forests, volcanic rocks and chalk cliffs.
It is advisable to travel the 'Trail' from the middle of spring to mid-autumn, while experienced hikers can handle it even in the winter months, with the due equipment and caution, especially in the snow stretches where the ridge exceeds the 1400 meters of altitude. There are several accommodation facilities at the stage-points (allowing you to get them even further individually), while those wishing to use a tent are kindly asked to check out the tent bivouac directions.
Credits: Ambiente - Regione Emilia Romagna
STAGE #17: Cà Carnè - Marradi (30 km)
This stage, particularly demanding for its length, mainly crosses the ridge between the valleys of Senio and Lamone.
From the Cà Carnè visitor centre the path goes back to the paved road and continues following the ridge on the wide hilly landscape, dotted with pines and silvery stains of olive groves, passing the road down to Fognano and crossing the Pratesi Tower.
Shortly after, the paved road descends while the path follows the forest road along Mount Giornetto. The path continues, with uphill and downhill stretches, between the wooded hills, bypassing some mountain tops through small footpaths, until you reach the buildings of Cà di Malanca, restored and used as a Museum of Resistance.
Shortly after, the route makes a detour down into the wooded Sintria valley, where you will find the church and the buildings of Fontana Moneta before climbing back to the ridge. If you keep walking, you will arrive to Mount Gamberaldi (828 m), with beautiful views over the homonymous village; then, you will reach the mule track that for centuries has been the main link between Palazzuolo sul Senio and Madara.
At the crossroads of Cà Mondera, you will leave the ridge to start descending to the valley of Lamone, ending near the train station of Marradi.
Note: It is advisable to avoid this path during July and August, because of the stifling hot weather.
City of departure: Brisighella
City of arrival: Marradi
Length (Km): 30
Difficulty: experienced hiker
Type of Itinerary: Full day
Difference in height (m): 1260
Difference in downhill (m): 1300
Highest point (m): 850
Lowest point (m): 312
Duration (h.): 8