interesting route, much of which runs along the ancient Grand Ducal
road linking Romagna and Tuscany. It also passes through dense forst
between Le Balze and the hermitage of S. Alberigo. However, remember
that the most difficult stretch is between Le Balze and the hermitage.
If you want to avoid it, carry on along the paved road from Le Balze,
which skirts round Monte Aquilone, until you come to the major, unpaved
road for the hermitage (signposted). In this case, the route is easy.
The signpost indicating ancient road for S. Alberigo is clearly visible
at the Balze. Put your skis on and follow the signs up a steep but
wide mule track along which there are a number of tabernacles. This brings
you to the Sella del Monte Aquilone, without any possibility of going
wrong. Carry on along the main track, which goes downhill amidst large
beech trees to the entrance of the hermitage of S. Alberigo. After
the hermitage, the track becomes a Via Crucis which, after a flat stretch,
descends steeply till it meets the unpaved track coming from the road
for Le Balze. Go left along this, climbing through the woods to a rise
and then going downhill across open meadows where you can see the abandoned
houses of La Cella. At La Cella, ignore the track leading off to the
right and go straight on along the slightly uphill forest track which
brings you to the large meadows of Bocca della Cava. Cross these, sticking
to their left-hand edge until you reach a wooden gateway. This is the
turning-around point. Cross the Bocca della Cava meadows once again,
this time sticking to the middle of them, and then climb to the forest
track of the outward journey. Take this, go past La Cella, and retrace
your steps to Le Balze.
||11.6 km (round trip)
|Difference in height
|Level of difficulty
||For good skiers
||Multigraphic 1:25.000 n. 33-34
|| From Cesena, take the SS. no. 3 bis (dual
carriageway for much of the way). Exit at Verghereto and follow signs
Fumaiolo and Le Balze.