A path of solidarity and knowledge, a moment of profound relationship with the natural environment and with the people who live in the places transformed by the earthquake.
From Fabriano to L’Aquila, over 250 km of walking in the heart of the Apennines. The itinerary crosses the territories and comes into contact with the communities of four regions of central Italy (Marche, Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo), along the hiking and cycling paths of two important protected areas: the Monti Sibillini National Park and the National Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga. The Walk on Changed Lands can be defined, without fear of going too far, as the first solidarity excursion itinerary in Italy. A journey from Fabriano to L’Aquila along the fault system which has upset and “changed” the Central Apennines since 1997, within two of the most important Italian national parks: the Sibillini Mountains National Park and the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga. Precisely in the latter we recommend the section of the itinerary that crosses the villages of Accumoli and Amatrice, places hit hard by the 2016 earthquake.
The stages affecting the municipalities in the DMO are as follows:
|STAGES||START||ARRIVAL||DISTANCE||DIFFERENCE IN HEIGHT|
|9° Stage||Arquata del Tronto||Accumoli||18,3 km||Difference in height: 840 mt. – Elevation loss: 640 mt|
|10° Stage||Accumoli||Amatrice||17.6 km||Difference in height: 675 mt. – Elevation loss: 603 mt|
|11° Stage||Amatrice||Campotosto||16,2 km||Difference in height: 653 mt. – Elevation loss: 267 mt|
Accumoli is a small village with picturesque views surrounded by woods and green meadows where you can enjoy the charm of nature. The town was the epicenter of the most violent earthquake but before the rubble it was a village rich in art and culture. It houses the historic 11th century Madonna delle Coste church considered a symbol of faith for many locals, it stands out for its unique architecture and splendid frescoes.
Amatrice, with its 69 hamlets scattered on the plateau, is a town that conquers with its beauty. It is characterized by a cultural and artistic component active since the fourteenth century of which unfortunately very little trace remains, only the Civic Tower and the Church of Santa Maria della Filetta immersed in a majestic oak forest and inside which, still unusable, is preserved a beautiful cycle of frescoes from the 1400s. Do not miss the tasting of amatriciana pasta prepared with local ingredients and with the love of cooks who want to make their culture and tradition known.
The stages also cross the Gran Sasso National Park and the Monti della Laga, some of the most beautiful areas in Italy. The Monti della Laga are a mountainous island that rises between the regions of Abruzzo, Marche and Umbria, with peaks exceeding 2000 meters in height. This area is characterized by breathtaking landscapes, beech and silver fir woods, streams, waterfalls and more, it is also the ideal place to spot wild animals such as wolves, golden eagles and chamois. The Monti della Laga are immersed in the Gran Sasso National Park, a real pearl of central Italy, which covers an area of over 140,000 hectares and is famous for hosting the Corno Grande, the highest peak of the Apennines, with its 2912 meters high. Therefore, do not hesitate to embark on the journey for a unique adventure that leaves you speechless, full of beauty, human history and storytelling.
Author’s suggestions numerous reception points, you can sleep in lodgings, B&Bs, farmhouses or in religious structures. On the official website www.camminoterremutate.org you will find information, gps tracks and request the credentials to walk the Way.
Along the stages are other places of interest that, time permitting, we invite you to visit.