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Tuscany Mountain Walks

Monte Sagro

(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

7 mi on SS63 to SS446, then 12 miles S on SS446
6 mi East on single track to Rif Belvedere

Tuscany North Book
Bocchi Book
Map details

Walk 43, Page136
Walk 6, Page 55
Carta del Senteiri e Rifugio No. 101/102


Recommended Route Description


Map Showing Possible Routes (Click Map below for Larger version)

The Recommended Route is exactly as per the Tuscany North book. It is a "figure of eight" shape with "Foce di Pianza" at its centre.

Start on path 173 heading south east past Rifugio Carrara, around Monte Borla and then south to Foce di Pianza. At the path junction bear left following path 172 which climbs gently over rocky steps to Focce della Faggiola.

There are stunning views to the south over Carrara to the sea. Now bear left, following the blue/white marked path to Monte Sagro. This climbs gently below the south ridge but eventually emerges on the north west ridge. Turn sharp right along this ridge to the summit cross.

Descend on the north west ridge for 300m, then bear left, directly towards the marble quarries to intersect path 173. Here a left turn leads back to Foce di Pianza. From Foce di Pianza take the tarmac road, due west, back to Ristorante Belvedere.

 Mountain  Walks


Statistic Recommended Route Variation 1 - Adds Scrambles Variation 2
Walk Style Circular (Fig of 8) Circular (Fig of 8) n/a

Height Profile
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Tuscany Mountain Walks-Apuane Alps-Monte Sagro-Walk Only-Height Profile Tuscany Mountain Walks-Apuane Alps-Monte Sagro-Walk + Scramble-Height Profile n/a
Walk Description As Above

This variation is recommended by Bocchi. Instead of traversing under the south ridge of Monte Sagro, climb directly up the north west ridge of Monte Spallone to its summit (1650m).

Then traverse north along the ridge linking Monte Spallone and Monte Sagro. Stay left of the ridge on the final climb to Monte Sagro's summit. Return as per the Base Route.

Walk Start Rifugio Belvedere Rifugio Belvedere  

Paths Used

173, 172, 173, Tarmac Road 173, 172, Scramble, 173, Tarmac Road  
Walk Grade T E  
Scramble/VF Dist (metres) n/a 800S  
Scramble/VFGrade  n/a E  
Maximum Height (metres) 1748 1748  
Flat Speed (mph) 2.0 1.6  
Walk Distance (miles) 7.8 7.5  
Walk Ascent (metres) 549 587  
Walk Time 4:48 5:30  
Rest Recommendation Lunch on Monte Sagro Lunch on Monte Sagro  
Rest Time 1:12 0:30  
Total Hill Time 6:00 6:00  
Total Trip Time (Villa to Villa) 8:00 8:00  
Leave Papavero @ 09:00 09:00  
Return to Papavero @ 17:00 17:00  

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