This is a location of smooth, rounded and hidden mountains, a green space where trees are the uncontested masters and thousand-year-old guardians of uncontaminated nature. This is the Apennine region of the National Park of the Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona and Campigna, a historic protected area of the Tosco-Romagnolo Apennines that conceals in its treasure chest of centuries-old forest – one of the largest forested areas in Italy. For centuries man has followed nature’s decrees, integrated into the landscape with little residential clusters, mule tracks and ancient places of worship. This remote land was favoured territory of religious persons that found refuge here, far away from the cities and main residential areas, in order to live a life of prayer and contemplation.
This parkland was uncovered with a wayfarer’s patience, which follows the undulating rhythm of the Apennines in the shadow of beech and chestnuts trees. The Sacred Forest trail serves this objective: a route in seven legs, from the Lago di Ponte in Tredozio to La Verna. Passing through symbolic locations in the park like Monte Falterona, Campigna Forest, the Acquadcheta valley and the hermitages of Camaldoli and La Verna, you can live an experience closely connected to the Earth.
The Sacred Forest trail marks the last stage of a long hike on the high land that marks the border between Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and Marche, departing Berceto on the Passo della Cisa and arriving at Carpegna, in the park of Sasso Simone and Simoncello.
We begin our journey of ancient flavours, in the footsteps of wayfarers and monks who, in the shadow of beech and chestnut trees, esteemed even centuries ago a luxuriant nature that has remained practically untouched till this day.