Walking from Gaido to S. Apollonia
A little walk across the forests above Andriano to the church of Sirmiano di Sopra.
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Gaido, the northernmost village belonging to Appiano and at the same time also the highest located, at 900 m asl, is the starting point for our hike across the mixed forest. From the parking space near the little pilgrimage church of the 14 Auxiliary Saints we take the trail number 8. Before we get started we have a snack in the opposite Moarhof. The first section is wide and in part asphalted and stretches by the Tinnerhof tavern. Afterwards we walk across the gorge of the Rio delle Foglie, the trail narrows.
The area at the northern foothills of the Mendola mountain range is interesting from a geologic viewpoint, not only due to the weather-beaten basalt layers that we can observe. We walk across the beech forests and afterwards in the valley of the Ebnerbach river, before we continue towards Sirmiano di Sopra. Lushly green meadows indicate that farms and scattered settlements must be very near. The trail widens and the last passage of the trail is asphalted. Now we walk downwards, past the Jäger tavern and in front of us we can finally see the S. Apollonia church and the respective hill rise. We climb the church hill and enjoy the breathtaking view, ranging from the Monte Macaion and the Dolomites to the Monte Ivigna and Cervina.
With a length of 4 km (each direction) the trail is no real challenge for hikers. However, due to the alternating surface, it is considered of “medium difficulty“ and hikers need to be sure-footed.
Please note: If you would like to do this tour, inform yourselves about the current hiking conditions on the spot.
Starting point: Gaido pilgrimage church
Trail: Gaido - Sirmaino di Sopra (S. Apollonia)
Lenght of the trail: about 4 km (each direction)
Walking time: about 1.5 hours (one way)
Altitude difference: 220 m
Altitude: 880 to 1,020 m asl
Experienced: September 2010
Further information: for further information don’t hesitate to ask your host