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Itinerary details: From Parco Carnč go up along the CAI 505 trail until the asphalt road. Turn right until S.P. Valletta and Torre Pratesi (1 hour). On the road that goes down to Torre Cavina turn left into the 505 trail for M. Giornetto and Ca’ di Bago. Go along the trail until Ca’ di Malanca then continue up to the forest corps road and then turn right and down the cart road marked with G.C.R., to the Costa dei Preti on the valley road. Continue right into the cart road until Poggiolo (4 hours). At the top take the G.C.R. cart road that goes up to Ca’ Martinfabbro and a fork on the ridge. Turn left and soon after go up a steep trail to the right of M. Cece (m 765). Go down to the provincial road  S.P. Casolana at Km 27, turn left and then right after the bridge up to the church of Rivacciola. Go up the difficult CAI 625 trail after the house on the right to a saddle in the valley of the Mercatale river and Susinedola di Sopra. Turn right then go up to the prairies and the Monti ruins. Go down towards Casa Collina up to Groppazzo Nuovo and then La Masera. On the asphalt road towards Baffadi there is the church of S. Stefano Papa and then take the underlying asphalt road that crosses Cestina river before Mulino Balagaio and that goes up to Budrio (6 hours). Head up east to M. Carnevale and then turn right along the CAI 701 cart road for Canovazza and Croce. Go up to the Rocca of M. Battaglia, then continue along the ridge crossing the la S.P. and up to the top of Roncosole, then back down to the votive pillar of the same name at the chestnut grove of Campiuno and to Monticelli (3 hours). Go up to the right at the house of M. Battagliola then left over the watershed up to the CAI 705 trail to Ca’ Budrio on the Chalk Vein. Cross the sinkhole and go up the chalk to the crest taking care up until the church of Sasso Letroso. Along this stretch is a deviation of the CAI trail to reach Mariano. Once off the asphalt go right up to Borgo Rivola (3 hours). Along the CAI 511 trail we cross the town up to S.P. Casolana, which we follow for 100m then go down right to the walkway over the Senio and then up on the asphalt road for i Crivellari. After the houses on the right follow the trail to the left towards M. della Volpe. Turn left to the crest where we reach Capanno Cavara. After 150m cross the M. Mauro road and go up to the church. Go right around the mountain then left towards M. Incisa. Go down towards the S.P. Zattaglia - Riolo Terme. Cross the bridge over the Sintria and take the road for Torri; after the building on the left go around the vineyard on the right up to the cart road on the right for the church of Vespignano, Castelnuovo and Parco Carnč (6.30 hours). Please take extra care on the trails in the chalk vein.

Itinerary: The itinerary is around 55 km long and can be done in one stretch or divided into parts over several days taking advantage of the accommodation structures along the itinerary.

Last updated: 27/11/2013