On the top of the mountain where Arno is born
here's a new great opportunity to discover a not-well known yet important place in Tuscany: the mountain where river Arno is born!
Monte Falterona, with its Protected content of altitude, is the second highest peak of the Tuscan-Romagnolo Apennines, after the nearby Monte Falco. The elevation is part of the enchanted Parco delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona and Campiglia. Majestic and wild, this peak has been cloaked since ancient times by a strong spirituality. The Etruscans, almost certainly, gave it its name and made it a temple, a sort of local Olympus that finds its energy in the beauties of nature. The first toponym - Fal Truna - means "Throne of the Gods".
The Monte Falterona, however, also has another peculiarity that makes it an exceptional Tuscan symbol: it is from here that, from one of its sides, the primitive river Arno starts to flow and after gathering all its numerous tributaries, runs majestically in Florence and Pisa. To clearly mark the location of the spring today there is a plaque with a quote by the great poet Dante Alighieri.
Leaving from the parking near the Fonte del Borbotto ( Protected content ), reachable by car through a good dirt road, we will continue on the path n. 17 towards the Crocicchie pass ( Protected content ).
On a fairly steep but easy path, in less than an hour, we will reach the grassy summit of Falterona, in the Tuscan territory. The summit of the nearby Mount Falco, on the Apennine watershed, can be reached in the next half hour, following a short but very steep wooded section down to the slight slope ridge and then gently up to the grassy summit with a panoramic balcony.
We will finally return to the parking by going downhill through the pass of Piancancelli ( Protected content ) and then on a dirt road that crosses a magnificent beech forest.
In the afternoon, after the trekking, we could have dinner at “Rifugio la Castellina”, an enchanted shelter immersed in a chestnut wood near the small village of Castagno d’Andrea.
We will enjoy the warmth of the fireplace eating typical Tuscan food and roasted chestnuts.
Characteristics of the hiking trail:
Total length: about 10 km
Total climb altitude: about Protected content
Difficulty level: Medium
Actual travel time (without stops): Approximately 3 hours
Duration: daytrip (packed lunch by the participants).
Equipment Required: Hiking boots, water supply (1.5 liters minimum).
Recommended gear: hiking poles, camera.
As usual, we will go out on a Saturday, to avoid traffic and crowds and also to have the possibility to rest the day after.
We will be together with an environmental guide, who will explain more about the flora, the fauna, the geology and the history that characterize this territory.
If you want to spend an adventurous, carefree day amidst nature, walk and take pictures together with a bunch a people who love doing the same, this is your opportunity!
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