Protected areas, Natura 2000 network and Forests


Campigna (1070 m)
Camaldoli (815 m)
GRADIENT: +640 m / -890 m
HIKING TIME: 5 hours
Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona and Campigna National Park


Eremo di Camaldoli (archivie Parco nazionale Foreste casentinesi)This beautiful and classic walk runs along the ridge above the Sassofratino Reserve, guardian of the most beautiful forests of the Park.
From Campigna one needs to go back up to Calla Pass following the trail that cuts through the bends on the road. From the pass, one gets on the comfortable forest track that runs near the ridge between the strict nature reserves of Sassofratino and Pietra, in an enchanted forest scenario. The forest is a compact and continuous expanse, from which one emerges only on the grassy and very scenic island on the summit of Poggio Scali (1520 m).
After Porcareccio Pass one crosses some marshy glades before meeting the larger opening of Prato Bertone. There, one leaves the crest to descend through the very tall firs that accompany the hike to the perimeter wall of the Holy Hermitage, for ten centuries an extraordinary meditation and prayer oasis in the wild vast-ness of􀀀he forest.
From the Hermitage one goes downhill towards Camaldoli, along the trail that cuts through the many bends of the road. After a small lake that was once used as a fishpond by the monks, one comes across the three wooden crosses that in the past used to mark the border of cloistered hermitage.
Going down the side of the Fosso of Camaldoli, in the humid woods one finds a couple of stone chapels and soon after arrives at the Camaldoli monastery, the mother house of the Order founded by St. Romuald in 1024. The vast stone buildings stretch around the core that houses the guest house, the library and the old pharmacy. A beautiful fountain with the Camaldolese symbol (two joint doves) guards the entrance.

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Stage Locations and Services 

  • Foresteria del Monastero Camaldolese: Info / Public Transport
  • Albergo Camaldoli: Info / Public Transport
  • Locanda dei Baroni: Info / Public Transport

Bivouac with tent: in some areas it is possible to spend the night in a tent, setting it up at sunset and dismantling it at dawn.

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published on 2018/11/19 12:16:00 GMT+1 last modified 2022-09-08T16:16:44+01:00

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