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To the Eremo della Casella from Caprese Michelangelo

Skiing round the Apennine hermitages

Panoramic route along a forest road that climbs to the ridge of the Alpe di Catenaia. Inside the small Eremo della Casella there is a small room with a fireplace, tables and benches, which can be used as a shelter in case of emergency.

The starting point is on the road from Caprese Michelangelo to Chiusi della Verna near S. Andrea a Sovaggio. Here, on the left of the paved road, there is an unpaved track marked with the red and white signs of footpath no. 039 (not very evident in high snow). Take this track (with your skis on), ignore another track leading off it to the left and carry on uphill alongside a fence. Although this first stretch is the most tiring part of the whole route, it allows you to quickly reach an altittude of over 1000m. When you come to a broad flat area, go diagonally to the left keeping to the main track, which will bring you to the Alpe di Catenaia ridge at the Croce del Varco. Take the track to the left, which keeps to the ridge and climbs to the Croce della Malcima and then the summit of Monte Foresto. A final level stretch leads to a broad open area and the Eremo della Casella, surrounded by centuries-old beeches. Retrace your steps to return to the starting point.

Distance 11 km (round trip)
Difference in height 290 m
Time 3.30 hours
Level of difficulty   Easy
Map SELCA 1:25.000 "Tra L'Arno e il Tevere"
Suggested period January/February
Rest point/accommodation A specially designated room in the hermitage
Getting there From Arezzo take the road for the Valico di Scheggia mountain pass as far as Anghiari and from here take the provincial road for Caprese Michelangelo. From Cesena, take the SS. no. 3 bis (much of it dual carriageway). Exit at Pieve S. Stefano and take the SS. no. 208 towards La Verna. Along here you will find signs for Caprese Michelangelo.

 

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


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