Periods of Activity:
The higher part of the path has difficult stretches in winter, with snow and ice. We advise it be done in summer, for the fresh climate and for the variety and intensity of colors in autumn and spring.
The Spallanzani path, dedicated to the scientist Lazzaro Spallanzani, passes through all the vegetation strips of the Reggiano Apennines (hills, mountains and peaks), from Scandiano up to S. Pellegrino in Alpe, on the Reggiano ridge.
The path, besides being marked by white and red CAI signs also has a butterfly symbol and the initials SSP.
The path does not have particular technical difficulties, it can also be used by inexperienced excursionists and is quite suitable for horse trekking.
The path is 115 km long, is usually traveled in stages an, usually 7, for a total of 35 hours walking time.
The C. Battisti Refuge can be reached from the Location Case di Civago taking the CAI path 605 (2 hr 30')
Parco Nazionale dell'Appennino Tosco-emiiiano
Details of tour:
Itinerary in detail Time needed: About 4 hrs 30'
Difference in altitude climbing: 400 m
Difference in altitude descending: 600 m From the Lama Lite Pass you take a route heading South-East, towards the Bocca di Massa pass. It winds across the northern hillside of Mt Prado in a moor of Blueberries mixed with colonies of brachypodium. Among the small rocks the saxifrage and the houseleek are common. Scenery on the upper Dolo torrent valley and the Apuane Alps. From the Bocca di Massa (1806m) you can see the valley of the Serchio river and Pania di Corfino (Orecchiella Park). Heading east you follow the route on the ridge; later on the route itself leaves the ridge on a steep descent into beechwoods, a descent which leads to a carriage road a few meters from the oratory of the Forbici Pass (1574m). From the Pass you follow a carriage road, on the side of Mt Giovanello. At the Giovanello Pass the carriage road continues towards the fields of S. Gemininano. You leave it to stay on the ridge. Soon you reach the peak of Mt Nuda (1705m) and then descend into another beechwood until you encounter wide carriage roads which lead to the mouth of the Radici (1529 m).
Last update: July 10, 2019