Penna di Sumbra stands bold, and largely
alone, across the valley to the north-east of Monte
Altissimo. It is a bulky mountain with a strange "hat shaped"
Recommended Route is a clockwise circuit,
starting from the village of Arni and circumnavigating
the lower peak of Monte Fiocca. In addition, from
Passo Fiocca, there is a short but difficult "out & back"
Via Ferrata section to reach Sumbra's
The long journey time to reach the
start point, coupled with a strenuous walk, make this a long
Start on path 31 heading northwards out
of the village. The path uses an old quarry road for much of
the 2 mile ascent to Passo di Sella.
There are a few sections where the
path separates from the
quarry road. Such path variations are invariably designed
to avoid a number of long zig-zags taken
by the road route. As such they are
preferable to staying on the road.
From Passo di Sella take path 144
which traverses eastwards along the north flank of Monte
Fiocca, reaching Passo Fiocco after ~1.5 miles.
An alternative would be to take the unsigned ridge
route over the summit of Monte Fiocca to Passo Fiocca. Although
this is a slightly shorter route, the ridge involves some
scrambling of unknown difficulty. As a consequence the
ridge route may actually take longer than the traverse.
From Passo Fiocca take path 145 eastwards to the summit
of Penna di Sumbra, subsequently returning to the same point.
This final excursion to the summit involves a 400m
Via Ferrata which must be negotiated both upwards and downwards,
Ferrata Ricciardo Malfatti.
After visiting the summit take path 144 again, heading south-westwards now,
back to the village of Arni. Initially this is a
gently descending traverse which changes direction several times to negotiate
promontories and gullies. It has a very easy
gradient for the first 2 miles.
However the final half mile section is
very steep and uses a series of zig-zags to moderate the