A path through dukedoms
From the river Enza to Lunigian
Periods of Activity:
All year round.
Province of Regio Emilia and CAI.
The "Sentiero dei Ducati" (Path through Dukedoms) was originally the border between the dukedoms that separated neighbouring villages and valleys until 1848 and were continually crossed by travellers, pilgrims and smugglers.It runs almost parallel to the river Enza and starts out at Quattro Castella, before passing close to some of the more important locations, historically speaking, such as Canossa Castle and the Church at Pianzo; it reaches the top of Mount Barazzone and Mount Staffola, skirts past the splendid Tassaro river valley and visits the hamlets of Legoreccio, Pineto and Spigone. After Vetto, the path enters into Ramiseto territory and presses on as far as the Lagastrello Pass, within the confines of the new Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park.
National Park of Emilian Tuscan Apennies.
Details of tour:
STAGE 7: FROM SUCCISO NUOVO TO LAGASTRELLO Approximate time: 3.20 hours
Path climbs: 400 metres
Path descends: 210 metres
Distance covered: 10.3 km Restaurant at Miscoso, Città di Sarzana Refuge. From Succiso Nuovo 975 m, walk downhill on the main road until the hairpin bend near the bed of the Liocca stream: continue down to the left, cross the stream over the wooden footbridge and up the other side along the long hairpin bend that goes around Costa del Ciglio and down the mule track into Rio Scuro valley. You have to ford the stream twice before you arrive at the main road to Lagastrello, which you only follow for a short distance because the path turns off, up to the left. After encountering the road again, you enter Miscoso 915 m (1.10) on the old road, near the church.
Continue along the main road (restaurant): along path 657 and you will cross the scenic Costa Magnano before arriving at the brow of Costalta hill 1172 m. At the foot of Mount Fugacciaro, leave path 657 for Mount Acuto Lake and the Città di Sarzana Refuge. It drops down to the left and continues along the old mule track to the meadows at Lagastrello. Follow this to the end, past the shepherds' hut on the open pasture at Spiaggia Bella 1208 m. Cross Rio Canalaccio and continue up until the path meets path n° 659: Follow this to the right as it descends and crosses Rio Garzoli, arriving at an open ground with a nineteenth century Maestà, looking out across to Lagastrello or Paduli Lake: Path 659A and DP continue to the left, towards the source of the Torsana and Lunigiana (the next stop is at Sassalbo, 4.00 hours) whereas a few minutes walk down to the right will take you to the car park and the main road near the right-hand side of the Lagastrello bridge 1150 m, near the dam that created this large, man-made lake(2.10; 3.20).
Last update: July 10, 2019