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Tuscany Mountain Walks

Pizzo d'Uccello from Rifugio Donegani

 
 

(Anybody choosing to follow this walk does so at their own risk and is entirely responsible for their own safety)

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Main Roads
Minor Roads

One-Way Journey Time

19 mi E on SS63 and then SS445 to Casola
9 mi S through Minucciano to Rif Val Serenaia
1:00 hours

Tuscany North Book
Bocchi Book
Map details

Walk 36, Page 118
Walk 3, Page 40
Carta del Sentieri e Rifugio No. 101/102

 

Recommended Route Description

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Overview
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.

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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 Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  
          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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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 Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  
          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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          Photos  - 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 Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  
          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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          Photos. This path eventually gains Uccello's south ridge at a major path junction with traditional signage Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  
          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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At times the traverse path is exposed and there are two stretches where cables have been installed to provide a reassuring handrail Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  
          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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          Photos. A promontory between these two sections provides an ideal spot for lunch Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  
          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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The summit scramble begins from the signpost on the south ridge Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  
          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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          Photos . 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 Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  
          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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The summit is finally reached after traversing a wide ascending ridge Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  
          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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          Photos , 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 Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  
          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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Map Showing Possible Routes (Click Map below for Larger Version )

Tuscany Mountain Walks-Apuane 
                  Alps-Pizza d'Ucello-From Rifugio Donegani-Small Walk Map
 
Statistic Recommended Route Variation 1 - Longer/Easier Descent Variation 2 - Shorte/Steeper Ascent
Walk Style Circular Circular Out & Back

Height Profile
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Walk Description

As Above

This is the longest option using the Recommended Route as far as Foce di Giovo but descending  from here via longer less steep paths with better scenery.

From Foce di Giovo, continue on path 179 south-eastwards Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  
          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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          Photos. From here take path 180 Blue 
                  
 
 
 
 
 
     
                  
          
          
 
          
 
          
 
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The fastest route, ascending & descending to & from the main ridge at Foce di Giovi via the shorter and more direct quarry route on path 37.

       
Walk Start Rifugio Donegani Rifugio Donegani Rifugio Donegani

Paths Used

187, 181, summit ridge, 181,37 187, 181, summit ridge, 181, 179, 180 37, 181, summit ridge, 181,37
Walk Grade EE EE EE
Scramble/VF Dist (metres) Optional 400m Scramble on summit ridge Optional 400m Scramble on summit ridge Optional 400m Scramble on summit ridge
Scramble/VFGrade EE EE EE
Maximum Height (metres) 1781 or 1575 1781 or 1575 1781 or 1575
Flat Speed (mph) 1.5 (assumes summit is included) 1.7 (assumes summit is included) 1.5 (assumes summit is included)
Walk Distance (miles) 5.3 7.0 4.8
Walk Ascent (metres) 631 660 631
Walk Time 4:36 5:06 4:18
Rest Recommendation Lunch Lunch Lunch
Rest Time 1:24 1:24 1:12
Total Hill Time 6:00 6:30 5:30
Total Trip Time (Villa to Villa) 8:00 8:30 7:30
Leave Papavero @ 9:00 9:00 9:00
Return to Papavero @ 17:00 17:30 16:30

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