The "Recommended Route" is the same as that in the Tuscany North book, starting from a car park, on the right, hand side of the road, at the far end of the lake, beyond Passo Lagastrello.
It is a 5.5 mile clockwise loop via Monte Bocco, with a 1 mile "tail" used for both the walk-in and the walk-out. It ascends the north-east ridge of Monte Bocco via a number of subsidiary peaks. The descent is via the main piste of the Prato Spilla ski slope.
Follow path 00 northwards from opposite the car park, along the banks of Lago Squincio , turning gradually to the west. After 1 mile, a path junction is reached after a brief ascent through woodlands . Path 703 branches off to the right. This is the return route.
Bear left here, still on path 00, and begin the ascent onto the main ridge. The path climbs steeply for half a mile through thick woodland and is difficult under foot.
Arrival on the ridge comes as a surprise because it coincides with a climb over a high style out of the wooded area. Only 10 metres after climbing the style the ridge ahead provides fantastic views on both sides - heavily wooded valleys and hillsides, but with rocky and barren mountain ridges soaring above .
Follow the ridge south-westwards for 0.5 miles, with sweeping views on both sides to reach the first summit - Monte Malpasso .
Continue south-westwards along the undulating grassy ridge , up and over Cima Canuti , and after a further mile of pennine-like scenery , reach the summit of Monte Bocco .
Looking northwards from the summit of Monte Bocco reveals a variety of high level ski tows - the upper reaches of the Prato Spilla Ski complex .
Broken rocks and steep scree prevent a direct descent from the summit cairn to the main ski run . However, there are two lower saddles on the main ridge, offering easier descents, one 400 metres further on , and one 400m further back .
There are excellent views back along the main ridge during the descent to the cabin at the top of the main ski lift . This cabin looked a little different in early September from our previous visit during the ski season .
From here, descend the left side of the main Prato Spilla ski slope to join path 705 which leads down to Rifugio Prato Spilla.
Descend on the Rifugio supply road for 200m, and then turn right onto path 703 heading initially north-eastwards through woodlands .
After 300m the path swings to the south-east and passes two small lakes to reach the major path junction mentioned in the first paragraph. From here return to the car park by reversing the "tail" of the route on path 00 .