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Walking and Biking



To the Eremo di Camaldoli from the Monastero di Camaldoli

Skiing round the Apennine hermitages

Interesting excursion in the dense woods of Camaldoli. There is a small stone-built refuge hut at Cotozzo, which is always open and has a fireplace. This route is for good skiers only, due to a steep uphill stretch between Camoldoli and Cotozzo.

From Camaldoli, a little before crossing the bridge leading to the monastery, there is a narrow forest path on the right which climbs sharply in the forest (a wooden sign indicates the beginning of the green-and-white marked no. 12 footpath). Put on your skis and take this path, which is a hard uphill climb. When you come to a cross, ignore the downhill path going straight on. Bend sharp left and climb steeply using a track used by tractors for tree-felling. The track offers no respite and for long stretches you will have to zigzag. The gradient only eases off near Cotozzo, which you come to after a left bend and a short, straight stretch. Make sure you don't go wrong when you are in front of the refuge: ignore the two paths on the right, one going uphill and the other downhill. Instead take the uphill track off to the left, which initially runs alongside the refuge. This soon opens out into a good forest track that climbs gently amidst tall white firs. When you come to Fonte Ceccona there is a final brief stretch that brings you to the Badia Prataglia–Camaldoli road, occasionally used in winter for cross-country skiiing. Go left along this, descending until you arrive at the hermitage. Here, at the point where the road is blocked by piled-up snow, bend round to the right, go over a rise and along the clearly visible path that skirts round the walls of the hermitage, which offers an interesting circuit round the building. Alternatively, crossing the piled-up snow, you can immediately take the paved road to the left (closed in winter), which, with a series of wide bends (look out for some steep stretches), takes you back down to the monastery of Camaldoli, passing the Fonte di S. Romulado on the way.

Distance 9 km (round trip)
Difference in height 350 m
Time 3 hours
Level of difficulty   For good skiers
Map Multigraphic 1:25.000 n. 33-35
Suggested period December/March
Rest point/accommodation Hermitage guest house, tel. 0575/556013
Getting there From Arezzo take the SS no. 71 for the Passo dei Mandrioli; just before Serravalle, there is a sign for Camaldoli. It can also be reached from Bagno di Romagna, via the Passo dei Mandrioli, on SS no. 71.




Text and picture: Cinzia Pezzani & Sergio Grillo
Translation: Jeremy Carden

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