The Recommended Route
is designed to provide the easiest possible excursion to
the summit of
Monte Grondilice. It is an "out &
back" walk but with a variation on the return route.
It starts from Rifugio Val Serenaia, a popular start point
for many walks, including the traverse of Monte Pisanino.
From Rifugio Val Serenaia
follow the road and then path 178 south-eastwards up the Serenaia valley
as far as the link path which steps R to path 180
(0.75 mi). Step R on this link and follow path 180 for
0.3 mi to the T-junction with path 179. Turn R on
path 179 and soon reach Rifugio Orto di Donna.
From here an easy 1.5miles of ascent westwards on path 186 leads
to the Grondilice ridge (Finestra di Grondilice), followed by an
optional 'there & back' summit scramble of 0.1 mi each
After returning from the summit to
the ridge, reverse the outbound route to Rifugio Orto di
Donna, taking a well earned break here for "refreshments".
From here take
path 179, traversing eastwards, past
the top of your ascent path (180) all the way to
a major path junction at Foce di Cardeto (0.8miles).
From here descend NW down
the Serenaia valley on Path 178, zig-zagging on rocky
ground through beautiful deciduous woodlands back to
Rifugio val Serenaia, a delightful finale (2.3