Walking in Italy

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Welcome to our walking in Italy pages. Using only trains and local busses, we spent 4 days exploring the Cinque Terre in Liguria, then 3 days hiking to the refugio Nello Conti in the Alpi Apuane, and finally 3 days in Florence (Tuscany). We hope you will find these pages informative and helpful in planning your trip.
Italy, not only the home of pizza, pasta , wine, and gelato, but also centuries-old villages, unspoiled scenery, fantastic art treasures, and friendly people beckons one to visit.

ice cream (gelato) selection
Train tickets can be purchased either from a ticket counter or a machine at the train station. They must be validated/stamped before boarding a train or one is liable to pay a fine when the conductor comes around.
Look for a yellow box in the station or on the platform.

Bus tickets are NOT available in the bus, they must be purchased at a magazine store or bar. Then one must validate/stamp them after boarding the bus.

Look for a green box after entering the bus.

Home | Cinque Terre | Alpi Apuane | Tuscany| Resources | Links
Click the links above or the map below to see pictures and descriptions of the walks in each region; the link below will return you to our HomePage
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Italy map

Cinque Terre
The five lands of the Ligurian coast are one of the most rugged and picturesque spots in Europe. A unique characteristic of the area are the terraced wineyards sustained by dry walling, a perfect example of landscape architecture created by man in inaccessible surroundings. The rare and disappearing species of flora and fauna are protected throughout the Cinque Terre as far as Porto Venere. Panoramic foot paths that have been clearly marked by the C.A.I. Association traverse the area and are well used by walkers and trekkers alike.

Alpi Apuane
Located to the west of the Appenine range, the Alpi Apuane are rugged mountains, known worldwide as the source of the famous white Carrara marble.

Think of vineyards: rows of baby green vines that manage somehow to march in arrow-straight formation up the gently rolling hillsides, bounded by single files of darker green cypress trees, snaking sandy roads leading to rust-colored farmhouses and moss-coated castles, symmetrically rounded hilltops surmounted by towns so homogeneous as to seem one single building. Every inch of land has been sculpted, first by the elements and then by generations of inhabitants whose goals were always twofold: make the land produce as much as possible, make the land as beautiful as possible.
Spectacular natural parks, colorful outdoor markets, and world famous attractions just waiting to be explored.

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Italian in 10 Minutes a Day
by Kristine K. Kershul
We liked the stickers and flip cards which helped us memorize common words. Book is well laid out, has nice menu and laminated phrase section to cut out and take with you.
Conversational Italian in 7 Days
by Shirley Baldwin & Sarah Boas
Small enough to take with you, and now with CD so you can actually listen to the pronunciation and practice.
Walking And Eating In Tuscany And Umbria: 2005 Edition
by James Lasdun, Pia Davis
Nice book describing 40 walks in Tuscany and Umbria. Handdrawn maps of the described walks included, but are not adequate for safe and troublefree walking as they only show the described path. Should you loose your direction, there is no way of determining how to get back onto the correct trail. Otherwise a great book. We own both the current and the previous edition and recommend this book.
Lonely Planet Walking in Italy
by Helen Gillman, Stefano Cavedoni, Sandra Bardwell & Nick Tapp
An attractive book for getting ideas about where to walk. Well laid out with maps, covers all regions of Italy. We used this guide to help us pick regions we wanted to explore on our trip to Italy.
Published in 2003.
Walking in Italy
by Gillian Souter, John Souter
This book helps you plan your journey and enjoy the best of Italy. It offers walking tours in Rome, Florence, and Venice, suggests routes around such gems as Sienna and Perugia, and leads you into Italy's most stunning landscapes and national parks. The day walks and two-day itineraries are designed with occasional walkers in mind and never take you too far from a comfortable hotel bed and a good meal.
Published in 2002
Walking in Tuscany
by Gillian Price
Reviews are mixed, so we selected not to purchase this one. We list it because it is one of the few books available.
Published in 2000, so a bit dated.
The Independent Walker's Guide to Italy: 35 Breathtaking Walks in Italy's Captivating Landscape
by Frank Booth
At first glance, this book looks like a trail guide to 35 fabulous walks throughout Italy. In fact, it's a country guide that happens to focus on walks. The first walk is not described until page 64, after loads of advice on what to pack and where to stay. Published in 1998 so a bit dated.
Maps for walking and hiking in Italy are expensive to acquire from the US. Amazon.de offers Kompass maps, but the shipping to the US is rather prohibitive. The Cinque Terre (Kompass #644, Cinque Terre, ISBN 3-85491-570-5) and Nello Conti (Kompass #646, Alpi Apuane • Garfagnana, ISBN 3-85491-852-6) hikes are easy to accomplish without a map, as they are well marked and you will frequently encounter other hikers, however, maps are essential for walking in Tuscany. We recommend the following map for the Florence region: Kompass #660, Firenze • Chianti, ISBN 3-85491-414-8. This map is available in bookstores (not magazine stands!) at airports and in most larger cities at libreria la Feltrinelli (bookstore in italian = libreria, open 7 days a week).
la Feltrinelli stores are located in:
Pisa on the main street which is called Italy Course, #50; on left side if walking from the train station toward the Leaning Tower.
Florence (2 stores, one on Via Cavour, #12 and the other on Via de' Cerretani, #30/32r )
Rome (6 stores)
Milan (4 stores)
Ask 'Lei ha carta sentieri?' (lay-ee ah car-tah sin-tee-eh-ree = do you have walking maps) and someone will show you the map section.
P icture on the right shows a map carousel in the Pisa airport bookstore. The Kompass maps are the green ones to the right of the arrow.
Useful Links

Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre Italian website (in english) about Cinque Terre
Slow Travel Italy Very informative site for anyone considering visiting Italy
Parco Alpi Apuane Italian website (in english) about Alpi Apuane
Massa Carrara Bus Service In Italian only, bus schedule for service from Massa to Resceto, scroll down to find linea 78, click the link below Seleziona Fascia Oraria to see current time table.
Feriale = Monday through Saturday
Festivo = Sunday and Holidays
Refugio Nello Conti Emanuele Cesaroni is the keeper of this refugio, he speaks good english and is very friendly and helpful, as well as an excellent cook! The website is in italian.
Hotel Kursaal Ausonia in Florence Very nice and reasonably priced hotel 5 minutes by foot from train station and museums in Florence. Friendly and very helpful staff (perfect english spoken here!). Wonderful rooms with tall ceilings, bathrooms, big and fluffy towels, TV, and airconditioning. Room rate includes good breakfast with cereals, yoghurts, and juices on buffet; bread, croissants, butter, jelly, etc. at table. Computer with high speed internet access (small charge) available to guests.
Florence Italian website (in english) with lots of info about tuscany, including links to reservation forms for the museums. Lines are long and it's advised to reserve popular museums such as the Uffici Gallery in advance.
Trenitalia Italian train service website with ability to look up schedules (in english).
Adults (18-64)


Home | Cinque Terre | Alpi Apuane | Tuscany | Resources | Links
Click the links above to see more information about each region or the link below to return to our HomePage
Main Page with links to hiking and cycling information in other areas

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