I’ve recently done a week-long hike in the Umbria-Marche region of
the Italian Apennines (the vicinity of Monte Catria, near
Cantiano, to be more precise), and here are some tips I’d like to
- The Umbria-Marche Apennine doesn’t seem to be frequented by a lot
of tourists, especially in mid-March. The information offices, although
helpful, are often closed (this is not only the case with the mountain
region: contrary to information available on the Web, the tourist
information at Forli airport was closed on Sunday morning),
and most of the Italians we’ve met didn’t speak English.
- The tourist trails in the region are not well marked. Direction marks
are nowhere to be found, nor are the signs visible on junctions.
We had to ask the locals when leaving Cantiano for Monte Tenetra
(and ended up on M. Alto instead anyway).
- There are a lot of rifugi (mountain huts), but most of them are
closed at this time of year. We passed by six or seven, out of which
only one was available for sleep: Rifugio Fonte del Faggio (depicted),
merely a small bothy with one worm-eaten bunk bed. Another one,
Cupa delle Cotaline, with restaurant facilities and situated by
a station of a local skilift, opened in the morning, but was closed
for the night.