Short, wide, long and narrow, snowshoes are one of the many possibilities available to enjoy the beauty of the Emilia-Romagna Apennines, surrounded by unspoiled and silent nature.
Walking at a slow pace on the snow is an alternative and sustainable way to discover mountain landscapes and get in close contact with them.
A fun experience and an alternative to traditional winter sports, which both adults and children can share together.
Snowshoeing does not require particular motor skills, even though, compared to a simple hike, it involves a greater expenditure of energy. It is essential, however, to be motivated by a pinch of healthy curiosity and adventure towards nature.
The mountainous areas of Emilia-Romagna are the ideal place for this type of activity. From Piacenza to Monte Carpegna, the Apennine belt is characterized by a diversified landscape, rich in wooded areas and well-marked paths.
The proposed landscapes are many and, unless you are a profound connoisseur of the mountains, you can refer to the sports associations in the area.
Each of these organizes snow trekking during the winter season, often in groups or at night, which sometimes include tasting events of local products that do not fail to give that extra touch to the holiday.
In the Piacenza area, the area around the Passo Penice and Prato Grande ski resorts is an especially good spot, where the Pro Loco di Ferriere offers interesting trails on the snow every year, even at night.
If you move further south and reach the Parma Apennines, those who love walking in the snow can try their hand at some suggestive excursions among glacial lakes and enchanted forests.
Here Corniglio, Monchio delle Corti, Tizzano Val Parma and Borgo Val di Taro are among the ideal places to discover the ridge between Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and Liguria.
However, the Reggio Apennine is perhaps the mountainous territory in the entire region that reserves the greatest surprises for those who love snowshoeing, where you can enjoy the beautiful landscape of peaks and valleys that separate Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany.
Guided tours are organized every weekend in the most evocative places in the area, such as those on Mount Cusna, in Val Dolo, in Cerreto Laghi, in Ventasso Laghi and Pratizzano.
In these cases, the more prepared can also rent snowshoes and move around independently.
In the area of the Regional Park of the Upper Modenese Apennines, Sestola, Fiumalbo, Pievepelago, Piane di Macogno and Frassinoro are perfect places from which to set out to venture into the woods and valleys of the Cimone district.
Another important destination is Fanano, where between the Ospitale and Fellicarolo valleys there are various trails in which to try your hand, guided or independently.
Further south, Lizzano in Belvedere is the gateway to the Bolognese Apennines and to the entire Corno alle Scale Regional Park with wonderful winter walks.
Last but not least, the landscapes of the Casentinesi Forests National Park, Monte Falterona and Campigna, on the border between Tuscany and Romagna, offer unforgettable moments wrapped in the white, icy blanket of winter.
Here from Passo Calla to Monte Falco, from Passo Peschiera to that of Valbura, from Muraglione to Monte Busca, there are many places on the Tuscan-Romagna ridge where you can try adventurous walks with snowshoes on your feet.
The same goes for the area of Monte Fumaiolo and the Simone and Simoncello Park with many paths and excursions organized by local associations.