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Tuscany Mountain Walks

Lago Paduli 

(Anybody choosing to follow this walk does so at their own risk and is entirely responsible for their own safety)

Car Journey from Villa

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Reference Material

Main Roads
Minor Roads
One-Way Journey Time

16 miles on SS665 to Passo di Lagastrello
0:30 hours

Tuscany North Book
Bocchi Book
Map details

n/a - a JBH creation
Carta del Sentieri e Rifugio No. 14/16

Recommended Route Description


This walk has been designed as a stroll through mountain and lakeside scenery rather than a lung-busting push for a big mountain summit.

The main attractions are two lakes and a small but attractive summit, Monte Palera (1425m), overlooking Lago Paduli. The simplicity of the walk combined with its proximity to Villa Papavero provide an enjoyable but shorter day's walking.

Start from the Car Park at Passo di Lagastrello on path 00 heading north-north-east. This delightful path traverses above the lake through varied woodlands for ~1.5 miles before reachin a junction with path 703  on the shores of Lago Squincio.

Turn right  here onto path 703, heading south-east for 200m before reaching the main road, SS665. Turn left on the SS665 for 200m before turning right onto a minor road for a further 200m to reach the Car Park at the northern end of Lago Paduli.

From the Car Park take path 659a, which climbs south eastwards, steeply at first, but then more gradually southwards for 1.2 miles before meeting path 00, as the stem of a "T" junction. (After 0.7 miles of this ascent, ignore a left turn option on an alternative branch of 659a which zig-zags steeply upwards to the east).

At the "T" junction, turn right, heading south-westwards on path 00 for ~200m, watching for an unmarked path which forks off right to the summit of Monte Palera. Path 00 by-passes Monte Palera on its south side. 

However, our Recommended Route takes the unmarked right fork to visit this delightful little summit before returning to join path 00 again 500m further on. This summit is a great place for a lunch stop, with commanding views acroaa Lago Paduli to Monte Bocco beyond..

After rejoining path 00, it begins a gradual 1.3 mile descent, westwards ar first, and then northwards, back to the Car Park at Passo di Lagastrello.

Map Showing Possible Routes (Click Map below for Larger Version

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Statistic Recommended Route Variation 1 Variation 2
Walk Style Circular n/a n/a

Height Profile
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Walk Description

As Above

Walk Start Passo di Lagastrello 

Paths Used

00, 703, Road-SS665, Minor Road, 659a, 00
Walk Grade T
Scramble/VF Dist (metres) n/a
Scramble/VFGrade n/a
Maximum Height (metres) 1425
Flat Speed (mph) 1.7
Walk Distance (miles) 5.0
Walk Ascent (metres) 281
Walk Time 3:18
Rest Recommendation Lunch on Monte Palera
Rest Time 1:42
Total Hill Time 5:00
Total Trip Time (Villa to Villa) 6:00
Leave Papavero @ 09:00
Return to Papavero @ 15:00

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