The Recommended Route is exactly as Bocchi. It is a clockwise circuit directly from Rifugio Val Serenaia. At 1947 metres Monte Pisanino is the highest of the Apuane mountains and, from the SW appears largely grassy-sided.
However, the summit sits on top of a very narrow and prolonged ridge and therefore the middle section of this walk is very exposed (similar to Crib Goch). There are also a couple of short sections requiring low grade, easy scrambling.
This walk should not be attempted after or during wet weather. Both the grass and the limestone are very slippy when wet.
There are no mapped footpaths over the Pisanino Ridge although there are reasonably clear paths on the ground. Ascend NE from the refuge, initially following the left bank of a small gulley, and then zig-zag up the increasingly steep grassy hillside to gain the main NNW ridge.
Turn R to climb this ridge which is increasingly narrow & very exposed but remains largely grassy as far as the false summit of Bagola Blanca (2.0 miles).
From here a short descent and re-ascent gives access to the main ridge, which in turn leads to Pisanino's summit. This rocky ridge is very narrow and severely exposed on both sides. It is largely walkable but for many the reassurance of 'hands on rock' may prove essential at times.
The spacious summit plateau has wonderful 360* views over much of the Apuane and is an ideal spot for lunch.
From the summit descend steeply, initially on the S ridge, but then via a gulley on the W side of this ridge, to Foce Altare on the S side (1.0 miles from the summit). This is also a perfect spot for a somewhat later lunch . This descent route is marked with blue paint splashes.
From Foce Altare, descend round the E side of Pizzo Maggiore and across Rio Rondegno before ascending again to Foce di Cardeto (1.0 miles). This section involves walking rather than scrambling but crosses a number of sloping slabs which can be slippy when wet.
From Foce di Cardeto the descent NW down the valley on Path 178 runs through woods and fields and provides a delightful finale (2.3 miles).