The Grand Italian Trail
(GIT) is a 6166-kilometer-long hiking trail that crosses the entire nation of Italy.
The path, which is divided into 368 legs, begins in Trieste
and then crosses the entire Alpine
Arc, the entire Apennine mountain chain
before ending at Santa Teresa Gallura
in Sardinia. The trail uses long sections of pre-existing trails including the Grand Alpine Trail (GTA: Grande Traversata delle Alpi
), the Ligurian
Mountain Trail (AVML: Alta Via dei Monti Liguri
), and the Tuscan
Grand Apennine Trail (GEA: Grande Escursione Appenninica
The original idea for this trail originated in 1983 within a group of ambitious hikers. With the help of the Italian Alpine Club, the trail became a reality in 1995 in the first ever CamminaItalia
("Walk Italy"), an event in which a group of trekkers departed from a Sardinian coastal village and covered the entire trail in eight months. The accomplishment was repeated in 1999; this time with the collaboration of the Italian National Alpine Association
Since this time, the evolution of this project has slowed. While the trail blaze was chosen for the trail - a marking of red-white-red with "SI" written underneath in black - many legs of the trail remain un-marked and are only a part of the GIT on the map.
Cantiano: Nature and Trails
GERMAN: Flad, Benjamin. Italien: Sentiero Italia Trans Sardinien: Von Santa Theresa nach Monti. 2007. ISBN 3866861958