The great war and the gothic line
A trekking trip on a historic theme dedicated in remembrance of the fighting that in the Second World War freed Italy from the Nazi and Fascist troops. We will visit the most important battlefields, with their trenches and fortifications, and feel unique emotions at the words of people who experienced those moments at first hand. It will be also a week dedicated to good food and wine. This long route runs through a marvellous mid-mountain landscape.
Free time to visit Bologna, with typical dinner in a restaurant.
Train Bologna – Marzabotto and trekking Marzabotto –Vergato –Length: 14 km – Altitude difference: 832 m / -799 m – Time (indicative): 6 h30.
Our tour will begin with a visit to the wonderful Etruscan city of Misa and the National Archaeological Museum, and will continue through the Monte Sole Historical Regional Park. We will be visiting places marked by bitter battles and Nazi slaughter. The Peace School of Monte Sole will help us to gain a better understanding of those tragic events and how we can ensure they never happen again.
Trekking Vergato – Tolè –Length: 10 km – Altitude difference: 967 m / -327 m – Time (indicative): 5 h
There is some splendid landscape to be admired on day two, which will begin with a walk up to the top of Mount Pero, followed by Mount Croce, where we will find many trenches and the remains of German fortifications. Most of the route will run through beautiful chestnut and oak forests to the little village of Tolè, famous for the superb quality of its many springs and for its wall paintings.
Trekking Tolè – Castel d’Aiano –Length: 11.5 km – Altitude difference: 585 m / -530 m – Time (indicative): 5 h30
Along our route, we will have the chance to explore a host of little medieval villages, and to discover the secrets of Parmigiano Reggiano with a visit to a factory where we will be able to sample some of the famous cheese that has been aged for 30 months. The multimedia model of Casteld’Aiano will illustrate all the places and the battles fought from September 1944 to April 1945 along the Gothic Line. Dinner.
Trekking Castel d’Aiano – Montese –Length: 10.4 km – Altitude difference: 580 m / -649 m – Time (indicative): 4 h45
Our trip will take us to the German fortifications of Montello, which we will visit in detail to find out about how the division that controlled them was organised. Our route will then continue on to the medieval fortress of Montese, inside which is a splendid museum with an extensive collection of uniforms and relics from wartime, as well as a section dedicated to the FEB, the Brazilian Expeditionary Force that helped free Italy.
TrekkingMontese – Abetaia –Length: 14 km – Altitude difference: 590 m / -581 m – Time (indicative): 4 h
A beautiful walk will take us to Monteforte Castle, with its oratory decorated with Renaissance frescoes. In one of the many battlefields of the Second World War, a theatrical representation will take us on a journey back in time, with actors in original costumes telling us stories and experiences based on real events. In the little village of Iola we will visit the splendid Country Museum, where an elderly local man will tell us about life in an age so close to the present, yet so far removed from our modern-day habits and customs.
Trekking and wellness Abetaia – Porretta –Length: 13.5 km – Altitude difference: 0m / -450 m – Time (indicative): 5 h
We will go down the Reno Valley to Porretta Terme, where we will have the chance to relax in a 4*S hotel with a wellness centre with spa. Guests may extend their stay on request.
Transfer to the airport with public transport, by train and bus. Private transfer on request.
SELF GUIDE TREKKING
8 days / 7 nights
Location: Bologna and Modena Apennines.
Recommended period: spring, summer and autumn
The price includes:
- 7 nights’ accommodation in a double or multiple room in *** or ****S Hotel or farmhouse
- 7 typical dinners in a restaurant (excluding drinks)
- 7 packed lunches, entrance to the museums
- GPS sat rental with the route
The price does not include:
Transfers, drinks and anything not mentioned in “The price includes”.
Guide: optional guide on request.
Baggage transportation: price on request.
Airport transfer: public transfer by minibus on arrival and by train and minibus on departure, incuded in the price. Private transfers, on request.
Net price Tour Operator:
€ 120 single supplement