Pizzo d'Uccello translates as "head of the bird" . The mountain is so named because of a large rock formation, near its summit, which is shaped like a bird's head.
The Recommended Route is a variation on that in the Tuscany North book. It is an anti-clockwise circular walk, ascending more gradually than in the book by climbing north-north-west to Uccello's north-east ridge at Foce Siggioli and then traversing south to gain the south ridge at the point where the final summit climb begins.
From Rifugio Donegani take the ascending quarry road for 300m to a hairpin bend. Approximately 200m after the bend turn sharp right onto path 187, climbing gradually northwards through dense woodland .
After 600m the path turns to the north-west and climbs more steeply to gain the north-east ridge at Focce Siggioli. Here, the sight of Pizzo d'Uccello's great north face will take your breath away - 700m of bare vertical rock. Immediately below the ridge, on the far side, the Via Ferrata cable for the Tordini Galligani route is clearly visible.
From here turn left onto path 181 which stays beneath the ridge and makes an ascending traverse across Uccello's western flank through sparse woodlands and with excellent views across the valley to Monte Pisanino . This path eventually gains Uccello's south ridge at a major path junction with traditional signage .
At times the traverse path is exposed and there are two stretches where cables have been installed to provide a reassuring handrail . A promontory between these two sections provides an ideal spot for lunch . The views back down into the Orto di Donna valley are wonderful.
The summit scramble begins from the signpost on the south ridge . The route is clearly marked with red & white paint splashes on the rock and proceeds via a series of short climbs with flatter rocky stretches in-between . The rock is clean and firm and the climbing grade is relatively easy. The views back down the ridge are truly stunning and the stepped nature of the climb means that the feeling of exposure is minimal .
The summit is finally reached after traversing a wide ascending ridge . There is a "visitors'book" and there are unsurpassed views of surrounding mountains such as Pisanino , Grondilice, Contrario and Cavallo. The coast is clearly visible to the south-west as is the village of Minucciano to the north . Don't forget to seek out the "Pizza d'Uccello" rock formation .
The descent simply reverses the ascent route as far as the signpost and ,with frequent paint marks on appropriate rocks, there are no particular difficulties. From the signpost continue on path 181 along Uccello's south ridge to Foce di Giovo , surmounting difficulties by traversing on the east side of the ridge.
Foce di Giovo is a major ridge junction where path 181 is met by path 175 rising from the west side and path 37 rising from the east. Path 181 finishes here although it is possible to continue south along the ridge on path 179.
Take path 37 to descend steeply through a variety of marble quarries back to Rifugio Donegani.