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Hiking in the Apennines

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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 share.

  • 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.

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