VALLE DI TAVERONE and the APENNINES
There are many possibilities for anyone who wants to go walking in, around
and from the Valle del Taverone. The countryside is a spider's web of paths
and mule tracks: every village has paths leading out from it to surrounding
meadows and woods or onto the next village. You can get lost. It is worth taking
a map and compass if you are going any distance. Main paths are marked with
red and white paint on rocks and trees.
Castagneto up to the small hamlet of Baccana: up a very quiet and picturesque
road with lovely views of Varano and the mountains.
Baccana to Bastia: through the countryside by way of the hilltops.
Ripola to Apella: lovely countryside.
Tavernelle to Cattognano: over and old hump back bridge and past the ruins
of an old mill (start opposite the Capriolo bar). A pretty walk through the
Prota to Groppo San Pietro; a very pretty walk connecting two villages high
in the mountains.
Amola to Panicale: take tracks towards Molesana.
These are just a few suggestions. There really are hundreds of little paths
leading from the villages through woods and spectacular scenery.
For the more adventurous there are some splendid mountain excursions, especially
up to and on the Tuscan/Emilian Apennine ridge. For these, go by car to
the Passo del Lagastrello or to Camporaghena (above Comano).
CAMPORAGHENA is a small village above Comano. During the war many escaped British
prisoners hid in the mountains above Camporaghena.
Camporaghena is divided into two parts: top and bottom. When driving into Camporaghena
there is a hairpin bend - up is to the top part of the village and down the
lane on the right hand side of the bend is the bottom part.
Camporaghena - Torsana: From the top of Camporaghena follow the red and white
marks to Torsana, or from Torsana follow the signs to Passo del Cerreto.
Camporaghena - Sassalbo: There are paths both from the top and bottom parts
of Camporagnena marked Sassalbo.
Camporaghena - Monte Marinella: From the bottom of Camporaghena go straight
through the village and follow the red and white signs to Monte Marinella.
Camporaghena - Passo del Cerreto: Take the path to Sassalbo from where you
follow the sign to Passo del Cerreto.
TORSANA is perched above Comano in the other valley. This tiny hamlet has a
population of 13 in the summer and 4 in the winter!
Torsana - Punta Buffanara: Red and white painted marks indicate this path leading
way up to one of the highest peaks of the Apennines (1878 meters). About 5
1/2 hours return not counting rests.
Torsana - Passo del Lagastrello: The left path from Torsana is well marked
to the Passo del Lagastrello.
Torsana - Passo del Cerreto: The path down to the right marked Passo del Cerreto
leads to Camporaghena and on to Cerreto through Sassalbo.
LAGASTRELLO is the old pass connecting Liguria and the North of Tuscany to
Parma. If you drive to Lagastrello either from Comano or Tavernelle, at the
top you will pass the Lake Paduli on your right. At the end of the lake there
is a bridge on your right and at the other side of the bridge a map of the
marked Apennine walks reproduced by the Italian Alpine Club (CAI).
During the summer, months and on a nice day you will only need light clothes
and good walking shoes, but it would be sensible to carry a sweatshirt or jumper
with you in case the wind gets up. Remember that it is also cooler at 1800
meters than down at the bottom of the valley. Naturally you will also need
water to quench your thirst and perhaps something to eat.