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Sasso della Dolorosa and the Passo di Prato Arreto

On the Monti Pisani

The Monti Pisani was one of the main battlegrounds of the fifteenth and sixteenth century wars between Pisa and Firenze. The clashes between the opposing factions must have been extremely bloody if it is true that the Sasso della Dolorosa owes its name to the slaughter and pain inflicted in battle. Having got past the Sasso della Dolorosa you arrive at the pass of Prato Arreto, an important saddle that can be recognised by a tall wooden cross that stands on the left. This is the last of six passes to be overcome on this proposed route.

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


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