Hiking Itineraries

The hiking routes available in the Serchio valley offer many opportunities to hike on well-marked CAI or other territorial associations’ indications. Here, we suggest some of the most well-known routes, inviting you to discover the others, taking care to equip yourselves with detailed maps and adequate hiking equipment. It is also advisable to check the difficulty level, the type of terrain, the distance, the weather forecast before starting an itinerary at the local information office or CAI office.

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L’anello delle Panie (The Pania Ring-route). Average Journey Time (TMP):6.00 hours. Difficulty EE – The hiking excursion starts at the location of Piglionico. Leave your car near the small chapel, than take the CAI track n.7 to the rifugio Rossi ( Rossi Shelter – TMP 1,15 hours ) from which, take the CAI 126 directions upwards for another hour in the Vallone dell’Inferno, where you reach the top of Pania della Croce the “queen” of the Apuan Alps (1859 m above the sea level). The track the descends to the Foce di Mosceta and the rifugio Del Freo ( Del Freo Shelter). From here, take the n.9 track and then the n.127, which leads you back to your destination by walking around the Pizzo delle Saette.

L’anello del Monte Argegna. Tempo Medio di Percorrenza ore 2.30. Dal paese di Giuncugnano una bella mulattiera, segnalata come Garfagnana Trekking, raggiunge l’altopiano dell’Argegna e il santuario della Madonna della Guardia. L’itinerario segue ora la strada asfaltata in direzione di Giuncugnano, fino a raggiungere il Passo di Tea. Luogo di confine di ben tre signorie (quella estense, lucchese e fiorentina) Tea è stata per secoli il passaggio obbligato che collegava Lucca con Parma, prima che l’apertura delle vie nei fondovalle portassero all’abbandono dei percorsi di altura. Dai prati di Tea, ancora una bella mulattiera, segnalata come “sentiero del gufo” e delimitata da siepi secolari, ridiscende ai poderi di Percaldino, Gambrano e nuovamente al paese di Giuncugnano.

it-escursioeditedSentiero Airone 1 – Parco dell’Orecchiella (Airone 1 track – Orechiella Park). Average Journey Time (TMP): 5,00 hours. Difficulty E – From the Visitor’s Centre, the track indicated in yellow and blue reaches the Rifugio Isera (Isera Shelter) and the road going up the botanic garden. From here, descend to the right in the direction of Pruno, an ancient pastoral location with typical “caselli” local huts covered in “rye” straw. The track ascends to the massive Pania di Corfine, first reaching a terraced area looking on to Vallone delle Grottacce then on to a wild fascinating environment. After reaching the douthern rock point, you come to La Fonte dell’Amore and the pastoral area of Campaiana. The tack crosses through the woods then on the grassland the reaches the Pania summit ( 1603 m above sea level). After the Sella, descend into the Bocca dei Lupi far from the Rifugio Isera and then to the Visitor’s Centre.

Sentiero Natura di Campocatino ( Campocatino Nature Track) – Eremo di S.Viano (S.Viano Hermitage). Average Journey Time (TMP): 2.30 hours. Difficulty E – An easy ring-route track which permits you to follow the sides of the Campocatino natural depression basin dating back you the glacial era. Walking along the first part among the “caselli” local pastoral huts and the once cultivated terraced areas, you reach the beech woods at the foot of the north-western face of Mount Roccandagia. Walk on until the impressive south-eastern rock point. Reaching the gravel track which leads back to Campocatino you can choose the ring-route in (TMP 1.30 hours) or take the mule track which descends to the Eremo di S.Viano (S.Viano Hermitage) nestled into the rock-face over-looking the Arnetola Valley.

L’anello del Monte Forato (Monte Forato ring-route). Average Journey Time (TMP):5.00 hours. Difficulty E – From Fornovolasco the CAI track n.6 ascends to the Foce di Petrosciana, passing near the Tana che Urla (cave) and the Sorgente della Chiesaccia (spring). From the Foce, an unmarked track clearly evident, takes you along the crest of the mountain passing near the arch of Monte Forato (1223 m above sea level) then reaching Foce di Valli. The alternative route is marked with CAI n.131 which descends slightly to a lower quota and leads to the same location to the foot of the sourten side of Pania della Croce. From here the direction indicated by CAI n.130, passes a few remote houses then back to Fornovolasco. A shorter itinerary is to descend from Monte Forato by the CAI n. 12 until you reach the CAI n. 6 again and continue back to Fornovolasco.

it-escursionL’anello del Monte Prato (Monte Prato ring-route). Average Journey Time (TMP):5.30 hours. Difficulty E – The Rifugio Cella (Cella Shelter) is the starting point of this trip which can be reached by the gravel track from Casone di Profecchia. A slight incline indicated by CAI n. 54 takes you to the Appenine crest of Bocca di Massa (The mouth of Massa). From here, take the left direction CAI n. 00 which reaches the tops of Cella (1942 m above sea level), Monte Vecchio (1982 m.), Monte Prato (2054 m.) which is the highest summit of the Tuscan Appenines. The track CAI n. 631, to the right, descends to the small Bergetana lake then on to the Rifugio Cesare Battisti (Cesare Battisti Shelter). To return to Bocca di Massa follow the CAI n. 633 derections.

L’anello Orto di Donna (The Lady’s Garden ring-route). Difficulty E – Leaving your car at the end of the paved road which leads to Orto di Donna near the Rifugio Donegani (Donegani Shelter) you find the CAI n.180 directions to the Foce di Giovo. From here with a short deviation you can reach the summit of Pizzo d’Uccello only advised for expert hikers. Instead, our tour continues on the CAI n.179 indications under the rock-face pf the Cresta Garnerone and the Grandilice, until you reach Cava (Quarry) n.27, where the “marble” road from Orto di Donna finishes. Here you can find the new Apuan Alps Park Shelter. Continuing along the CAI n. 179 direction passing near the bivacco (bivouac) K2 until the Foce di Cardeto. At this point the CAI n. 178 track descends into the beech woods to return to your starting point.

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