Nordik Walking, an excellent form of sport practiced in the open air, was invented several years ago by Finland skiers interested in keeping in shape during the summer season.
This discipline has grown enormously worldwide and throughout the years studies have proven its huge health benefits.
Nordik Walking is a light activity which tones the muscles as well as help correct posture without fatiguing joints and can be practiced by anyone of any age.
Everyone knows the beauty if San Bartolo, but only a few know the backwoods and trails which lead to the deep depths of the woods or uncontaminated areas overlooking the blue sea or the floral scented waterfalls.
The decision to open trails was non easy. The National Park is concerned with respecting the fragile terrain and working with the residents of the area to individualize and render accessible antique paths, country roads, private and state estates which make up for a large part of the land area. Recuperating lost documents and maps has not been a simple task.
At the moment, the park offers 5 accessible trails and is currently working on others.
“The Church” Trail
This is a relatively short, easy, and mostly shaded trail. The beginning of the trail starts at the S. Ermete church in Gabicce Monte. The first part of the trail is characterized by a wooden and dirt staircase, which leads hikers away from the residential center.
Through rich and various vegetation, oaks and elms peak the forest tree top as well as line the streets. The presence of water and rich terrain feed the sambucus and robinia plants. The trail is often sports walking areas pathed in wood and rests immersed in a peaceful silence, a truly suggestive and relaxing atmosphere.
The trail meets up with a characteristic, old and still unpaved road which then ends at the old SS. Trinity Church Building which dates back to the mid 600s. The church is situated on the Strada del Pozzo, just about 200 mt from the Adriatic state road where you would turn for Gabicce Monte.
This trial starts at parking square along the Adriatic state road, in the proximity of Case Badoli resident area.
This small unpaved street starts on a slight incline, but then quickly becomes more of a climb, transforming into a true trail. This part of the trail is sprayed with uncultivated areas as well as open panoramic views of the countryside as well as the vast sea. Once atop, the trail stars to descend towards the Vallugola Bay, going through the Provincial Panoramic until reaching the turn towards the city portico.
Descending another 200 mt, on the right, the trail unites with a white pebble road, the alternative to the paved road which runs parallel below.
The end of the trail goes through a wooded area, with a sea view, and finally ends in at a square along side the sea shore.
On the Adriatic state road, near the Colombarone Nursery School, parking is available near the center of town.
“Travesra Vincolungo” is the small road which leads to the agricultural area where only a few residents abide. Old and majestic oak trees line the road, a characteristic aspect not only of the park, but of the region as well.
Just a few 100 meters along the trail, you can take a short detour to see the old Edicola Mariana which dates back to the mid 800s, where church documents from as early as 600 can be found.
Escalating towards the north, the trail leads to wooded as well as a few cultivated ares; it crosses paths with the Panoramic Road, which continues to climb up towards a panoramica pianura, dressed with tables, benches and description board.
At this point, after having hiked for about an hour, you can choose to turn back or continue another 20 minutes on the Panoramic state road toward Casteldimezzo, another small medieval village.
This trail surely originates as the antique road which ran not far from the roman “villa tardo” (IV°/VI° sec. AD) – discovered in the archeological digs by Colombarone - characterized by the numerous carpet muses, created with both white, black and policrome textiles. Another special example of how the trails of San Bartolo combine nature with historic traditions.