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Walking and Biking



To the Eremo di S. Alberigo and La Cella from Le Balze

Skiing round the Apennine hermitages

Historically 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 passing 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.

Distance 11.6 km (round trip)
Difference in height 340 m
Time 3.30 hours
Level of difficulty   For good skiers
Map Multigraphic 1:25.000 n. 33-34
Suggested period December/March
Getting there From Cesena, take the SS. no. 3 bis (dual carriageway for much of the way). Exit at Verghereto and follow signs for Monte Fumaiolo and Le Balze.


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

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