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Cicerone Trekking in the Apennines : GEA - Grande Escursione Appenninica (New) (Paperback) (Gillian
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This guidebook describes the Grande Excursione Appenninica (GEA), a nearly 400km long three week trek criss-crossing the central-north section of the Apennine mountains of Italy. Best walked between spring and autumn (late June to September for the central section), it is suitable for any reasonably fit walker, with no special experience required.The Apennine mountains form a rugged spine along the slender Italian peninsula. The GEA makes its way northwest from Bocca Trabaria to Montelungo, dipping in and out of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. At altitudes of between 400 and 2054 metres above sea level, it negotiates rocky crests and ridges and explores extensive forests and meadows, following routes established long ago by traders, pilgrims and shepherds.The trek is described in 23 day-long stages ending with accommodation in comfortable inns and high-altitude huts. There are transport options for joining and leaving the walk at a number of points, making it perfect for undertaking in small sections or even single-day walks. With notes on the history and wildlife of the area, and suggested highlights for shorter itineraries, this is essential reading for anyone doing the GEA.