Walk, with stage 3 travel on foot in Italy

Ufficio stampa / Francesca Alliata Bronner

Walking is one of the activities that never stopped during phase 1 of the health emergency, even with the excuse of going to throw the garbage bag or bring the dog to do the needs, but many have also walked at home, in the courtyard of your building or by going up and down the stairs. In short, the need to walk has found an outlet in these months of lockdown.

With the start of phase 3, the world of walkers and travel on foot has not only restarted immediately, but despite being a niche sector, after Covid, it has really exploded, gathering a greater consensus this year which, thanks to the rediscovery of proximity tourism which is attracting growing interest.

After the downtime, therefore, there is great demand for slow travel of the Company of the paths – responsible tourism association dedicated to slow walks – which, for the summer of 2020, has planned a rich travel calendar for adults and children “walkers”, all in compliance with the anti-Covid rules.

“After a dark season, we start slowly as we slowly walk, trying to understand what can be done responsibly, using common sense and respect for the rules,” says Luca Gianotti, coordinator of the Compagnia dei Cammini. “Where we will not feel comfortable securing the rules of physical distancing on a journey, we would prefer to cancel it, paying attention to the difference between the sensible and the senseless. In walking we will find positive thoughts and the desire to change the world for a better world. “

Physical distancing, health safety and hygiene, will be a good rule in the paths proposed by the association which will offer itinerant and permanent paths with different levels of difficulty according to their training in tents, shelters and B & Bs, all selected. Among the proposed trips to North Italy to the South and to the islands and also some proposals abroad where it is granted. There is no shortage of walking trips for families and children with the Company of children.

Among the summer 2020 trips for beginners from 12 to 19 July in Trentino a itinerant journey in the name of tranquility, nature, art and the scent of honey. Guests of the wonderful Ca ‘de Mel, an eighteenth-century rural house renovated with respect and love, recently transformed into a beekeeper company, we will discover the highlands of Bleggio and Lomaso: lands of fields and castles where communities maintain strong mutual bonds cooperation.

From 1 August to 8 August in Abruzzo another itinerant journey with a light backpack with easy and beautiful excursions to rediscover the ancient “tratturelli” in the towns of the Abruzzo National Park (Pescasseroli, Opi, Civitella Alfedena, Villetta Barrea).

For intermediate walkers from 26 July to 1 August a permanent path in the extreme south of Calabria within the Aspromonte National Park where a linguistic minority called “Greci di Calabria” lives. A welcoming land with its music with overwhelming rhythms and traditional cuisine with strong but typical flavors reminiscent of a past still “present” between villages and rivers where you can not miss the opportunity to take refreshing baths. And again from 22 August to 29 August the great Ljubljana-Trieste crossing, an itinerary designed and built to reconnect two small jewel towns, two sisters so close and so far at the same time. A journey on horseback between the moods and colors of Eastern and Central Europe, between two cities with many names. An intense descent into the atmosphere of different eras, and above all a deep immersion in the forests and woods.

Ufficio stampa / Francesca Alliata Bronner

Only for those who are really well trained and physically prepared from 20 July to 25 July in Piedmont along the Occitan routes for six days of itinerant walking in a peasant and resistant land. A walk in borderlands: the Stura Valley, in fact, is nestled between the rocky peaks that separate the Maritime Alps from the Cozie and runs for over 60 km – from Borgo San Dalmazzo to Colle della Maddalena – bordering France, with the Cuneo plain and with the Maira, Grana and Gesso valleys.

From walking to trekking the step (in all senses) is short. “Trekking has become synonymous with walking – explains Italo Clementi, director of Trekking.it, the most complete and oldest national platform (since 1985) dedicated to outdoor – Walking is certainly fun, but it is also very useful: school texts that boringly talk about rocks, rivers, valleys or peoples will never be able to teach us everything you learn by walking with our legs and observing with our eyes, because the natural environment is like a big book open in front of us, indeed much more. We do not offer tailor-made trips but we give concrete advice and indications on the most suitable routes for every trekker who decides to travel. “

It is therefore not a matter of walking as an end in itself or of an “enterprise on the edge of survival” or of a sporting discipline that sets itself a goal, because trekking is not only mountains, but first of all careful knowledge of the territory that you cross, it is to stop and talk to the people you meet along the way is to visit old villages and understand the type of life that took place, trekking is to smell, silence, noises, trekking is to rediscover authentic flavors.

It is a way of retracing and revaluing the ancient pedestrian network of communication routes that once linked the stable and temporary human settlements, the ancient routes of pilgrims, transhumance and work. Paths and mule tracks in the mountains or more or less long itineraries that wind in the middle of nature, along the sea coasts, in the countryside making a stop in the refuges, in characteristic villages, in small towns or inhabited centers of greater importance, everyone can choose the destination within its reach to get to know an Italy of extraordinary natural monuments, historical testimonies, perhaps technologically poor cultures, such as those of the Apennine mountains, but rich in human values ​​that hiking can contribute to keeping alive.

Finally, to find out more, the guide “Walk Italy”, Edited by the Compagnia dei Cammini (Ediciclo editore, 144 pages) for sale in a bookshop with 20 highly updated paths, one per Italian region, suitable for all ages and passable all year round.

Ufficio stampa / Francesca Alliata Bronner