Outdoor Activities

Goat Cottage and Hobbit House.

In the Apennines, Italy


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Walking, Rambling or Cycling in unspoilt countryside.

Enjoy outdoor adventure and open spaces in the Apennines, perfect for your hiking, walking, rambling or cycling holiday in northern Italy. Discover some the most beautiful unspoilt countryside in Italy, with plenty of different outdoor activities. You'll find miles of mountain bike trails, cycling road routes, hiking, walking and rambling trails along ancient tracks in the stunning mountain scenery of the Apennines.

Forests, Wild Flowers and Wild Animals

The Apennines National Park is renowned for the diversity of its landscapes. It is home to a huge variety of wild flowers and plants. If you enjoy bird-watching you'll find a vast variety of birds of prey such as eagles, as well as songbirds and water fowl. Many wild animals, including wolves and wild boar, make the protected environment of the park their home.

Walking, Hiking and Rambling Self guided (for guided walks please ask for details)

There are endless self-guided routes around your holiday accommodation in the Apennines. We can also provide guided walks if you prefer - please ask for details. From a gentle stroll around a typical Italian village to hiking through the foothills of the Apennine Mountains, there is a walking route to suit you. The famous local landmark, Bismantova Stone, is a relatively easy walk and a must-see for your visit to Emilia Romagna. From the car park to the top is only 20 minutes at a steady pace, and there is a bar en route if you need refreshments.

Below are three examples of the many routes which are on a mixture of road, ancient tracks and fields, passing through traditional villages and farms. This timeless part of Italy is away from the tourist traps, over development and mechanised cultivation. Experience Italian life as it has been for centuries is in this historic part of Italy. See our maps and suggestions here.

See our maps and suggestions here.


Be prepared to work, the mountain tracks are a challenge, see Link to a different site of off road maps. Or you can use the local road routes from the cottage to near by villages and back which are moderately challenging. See our maps and suggestions here


It is possible to climb the face of Bismantova and for the experienced climber there are a number of climbing rope hooks to connect to and you can access the top rope then abseil back down. Or If you prefer a more challenging mountain hike then you could try Monte Cusna. link


There are so many different species in these mountains. In the last ten years the eagle population has seen steady growth. There are a couple of Herons, one white, one grey, down on the river, they are absolutely beautiful. Jays are quite common, falcons, black redstarts, tree creepers, flycatchers, and most of the song birds found in Europe. Link


Bismantova Rock

From the starting point below the rock the walk is 2km to the top with fantastic views of the villages below.

For experienced climbers the cliff face is 450mtrs and you can abseil down.

cycling in the apennines

Cycle Routes

There are a number of local mountain routes and road routes to and from the cottage to choose from.

monte cusna
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Monte Cusna

2,121 mtrs above sea level it is a fairly challenging hike.