A friend of mine phoned my up quite last minute to go on a week long hike together through some mountains in the backyard of where we grew up, two weeks later we were in Bologna ready to get going. We went to Uni in Bologna and are both from Cesena, so we tried to link different trails to "hike back home".
Started from Bologna and followed the Via degli Dei trail towards Firenze for the first 2 days.
When reached the water divide of the Apennine range, we followed it South East for 3 days, the trail is called GEA (Great Apennine Excursion) but it's also part of Sentiero Italia and E1 long distance trail.
The last two days we followed part of a local trail/loop called San Vicinio trail, and made it to Cesena.
All in all we did 220km, +7800m, in 7 days. Following the water divide and generally ridges, it's quite hard to find water at times, with a couple of days where we couldn't find any aside from one point in the morning.
We spent most nights wild camping or in shelters, with just one in a hotel.
I've been pleasingly surprised with how nice the route came out, despite not being the most famous nor stunning part of the country, it also makes for one of the less crowded ones, with almost nobody doing through hiking.
Route and pictures here.
More pictures here.