The signage

The Via dei Monti is fully equipped with CAI (Italian Alpine Club) signage from Levanto to Pontremoli. In the Ligurian section, the route follows the paths included in the Ligurian Hiking Network (R.E.L.), which have specific three-digit numbering. The signage for the Via dei Monti complements rather than replaces that of the R.E.L. In the Tuscan section, in agreement with the CAI Section of Pontremoli, the indications of Professor Tiziano Mannoni were entirely followed, reconstructing the medieval road system from the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri (the ancient Via Regia) to Pontremoli. At present, the route has not yet been included in the R.E.T.

It should be noted that certain modifications to the original route have become necessary due to landslides and the profound changes introduced by modern roads. These modifications particularly affect the section from Castellaro di Cassana to Cassana, which follows the dirt road instead of the original trail, from Borghetto di Vara to Brugnato, entirely on asphalted road, and from Chiesa di Rossano to Castoglio on a trail to include the latter village in the Via dei Monti due to the presence of a facility that offers accommodation to travelers. Originally, the Via dei Monti ascended directly from Chiesa to Piagna, even though there was an ancient connection from Chiesa to Castoglio.

In addition to the traditional white-red CAI signage, the Via dei Monti uses small metal signs bearing the trail’s logo and direction (Levanto or Pontremoli). Furthermore, there are informative panels that provide information about the route and its historical-naturalistic context. These panels are placed in the inhabited centers along the trail, as well as in the Cà Vagine locality, and are equipped with QR codes that allow smartphone users to view a video with images and footage taken with a drone. The text on each panel, in Italian and English, narrates the most significant historical and naturalistic features encountered, with the help of photographic material and the trail network map created by Luca Galuppini of the CAI Section of La Spezia.