Walking from one destination to another is not only sustainable and social form of tourism, it allows the traveler to take all the time needed to savor every detail of the road, the scenery, and the small and big treasured found on the way, including the people met.T he following five routes, selected by Agnese Gentilini for Le Nius, are among the best ones to explore Italy making the most of this way to travel.
Cammino di Francesco (Tuscany-Umbria-Lazio)
In La Verna (Arezzo) there is a beautiful Franciscan sanctuary perched on a spur of rock surrounded by forest in the Tuscan Apennines. Here begins the Cammino di Francesco (Saint Francis’ route), the path that traces the places where the history and life of the Saint took place and which connects La Verna to Assisi and Assisi to Rome. It is a very spiritual journey, which crosses part of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio and jewels such as Sansepolcro, Città di Castello, Gubbio, Perugia, and Rieti, as well as many small villages touched by the saint.
Linea Gotica (Tuscany-Emilia Romagna)
The Gothic Line tour traces the long fortified line built by the German army in 1944 in an attempt to slow down the advance of the allies towards the north and that cuts Italy in two from Massa Carrara through the Apennines, up to the Adriatic Sea between Rimini and Pesaro, for a front of about 300 kilometers. Crossing some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Italy – Apuan Alps, Tuscan-Emilian ridge, Contrafforte Pliocenico, and the Romagna plains – this is also a path of memory that still bears the signs of the war in its trenches, bunkers, battlefield remains, tombstones, monuments, and dedicated museums.
Tratturo Magno (Abruzzo-Molise-Puglia)
Tratturo Magno which connects L’Aquila to Foggia was the most important, as well as the longest, of the five sheep tracks that constituted a network of trails that were still in use until fifty years ago. The 244 kilometers of the Tratturo Magno start on the Gran Sasso mountains and arrives in the Tavoliere delle Puglie crossing Molise and touching the shores of the Adriatic Sea. This walking tour, as well, is a journey through the history of the country, its traditions, crafts, colors, and flavors. Along the way there are plenty of churches, bridges, medieval villages, castles, palaces, all in a territory that is still little known and rich in traditions.