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From Monte Piglionico chapel

Cappella M. Piglionico (1100m) - Pania Secca (1711m) - Rifugio Rossi (1600m) - Pania della Croce (1859m) - Borra di Canala/junction of path nos. 139 and127 (1010m) - Cappella M. Piglionico.

This is one of the classic routes of the Apuans, one which has retained its interest and fascination and allows you to enter into the very heart of these majestic Tuscan Alps. Its karst topography and wide, breath-taking views contribute to make it one of the most beautiful excursions in the region.

Leave the car near the Monte Piglionico chapel and walk along the unpaved path marked CAI 7/127. Soon you come to a junction where you go left (no. 7) along an old mule track used by charcoal burners that climbs through a beech wood until it reaches an open meadow area below the Rifugio Rossi, which is already visible. When you get to a junction, turn left and descend a little to a saddle and then immediately start climbing again (taking care on the rocky sections) to the ridge which ascends steeply to the summit of the Pania Secca.

Retracing your steps, climb to the Rifugio Rossi (open all the year round) and then carry on until you reach a saddle at 1611 metres where there is a clearly visible cluster of signals. Take the path (no. 126) that steeply climbs the Vallone dell' Inferno (might Dante have been inspired by it when writing The Divine Comedy?), and after crossing scree and karst rock you get to the ridge which leads off to the left to the large cross marking the summit of the Pania della Croce. Having admired the broad 360-degree view which stretches from the Arno valley to the sea, all the way to Corsica and sometimes the Maritime Alps, retrace your steps till you reach the junction at 1611 metres. This time, take the path to the left which goes down the lunar valley of the Borra di Canala. Taking great care as you descend the steep stony path (no. 139), you come to the most atmospheric part of the walk. The arid valley, which is cut out from the slopes of the Pizzo delle Saette, is a small buttress. Jumping from rock to rock, descend to a wood and then continue descending till you reach the junction with path 127. Bending sharply to the right, follow the contour line and skirt the buttress by means of a few little ups and downs. The narrow path cut in the mountain slope brings you to just below the tabernacle from which you started. A few metres' climb and you are back to where you started.

Access coming by car from Gallicano in the Garfagnana, follow the signs for the Rifugio Rossi and the Alpe di S. Antonio. At the Alpe di S. Antonio junction, take the unpaved track to the left which soon brings you to a chapel dedicated to the partisans who fought and died during the war.
Time required 5 hours
Difference in height 750 m
Difficulty E E
Maps   S.EL.CA. scale 1:25,000 accompanying the book
Garfagnana Trekking Multigraphic - Alpi Apuane
Characteristics steep, difficult paths; sweeping views
Best season late spring/early summer and early autumn

 

Text and pictures Gianfranco Bracci
Translation: Jeremy Carden

 
 
 
   
 
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