16 stages, 16 variants and 16 ring routes
Ludovico Bianciardi


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16 stages, 16 variants and 16 ring routes

GR20: what is the powerful call that this name has? Why do so many hikers test themselves every year on its difficult and wild paths?

With its 12.000 metres of vertical height gain which crosses the entire mountainous ridge of the island, it is the hardest long distance trek in Europe, from Calenzana to Conca it cuts across Corsica diagonally, reaching the main peaks of the island, which are often higher than 2000 metres of altitude.

But it is not only the effort it requires which calls into action so many hikers. GR20 is an itinerary which runs across two seas, panoramically it is unique and crosses incredibly varied landscapes: not only ridges and mountains, but entire stages are immersed in century old woods full of splendid waterways and lakes where, especially during summer time, it will be difficult to resist jumping into.

As well as the description of the 16 classic stages in which the itinerary is subdivided, in this guidebook, ample space has been given to the numerous variants to honour magnificent passages which have been left out of the original itinerary. Finally we have come up with 16 circuit itineraries which last 1 to 3 days, with the aim of suggesting variants to GR20 which are not as wild, and guarantee better logistics and which stimulate the maximum motivational push for less expert hikers. We therefore hope to achieve our aim of helping even those people who do not feel up to tackling the entire itinerary to experience a hike on this splendid island.

Ludovico Bianciardi was born in Siena in 1993. His mother is a university professor of Environmental Science and his father is a physical education teacher, both passionate about outdoor activities, he was introduced to outdoor sporting activities from a very early age, trekking, canyoning and climbing are his favourite passions. With a degree in Sciences and Techniques of Sports he has managed to combine these passions with his work, teaching motor learning to children who climb and he collaborates as a guide with 43° Parallelo, both during summer camps dedicated to minors as well as during travels and excursions for adults focusing on these activities. Corsica, both for professional commitments and for personal pleasure, is one of his favourite destinations with GR20 as the leading protagonist.

Year: 2022
ISBN: 978 88 55470 759
Pages: 392
Dimensions: 15,0 × 21,0 cm
Weight: 530g
Code: LV 149/2