dalla parte di Ambito Turistico Lunigiana
Lunigiana is a borderland of valleys, hills, streets and paths that connect the sea to the Padana Plain via the Tuscan–Emilian Apennines. Nowadays, the route is accessible through dirt roads, paths, mule tracks and small country roads, all of which are perfect for cycling. With endless possibilities and far away from any traffic, it is impossible to be bored. These roads connected centuries-old churches and fortresses that once were used to control the territory.
For this reason, Lunigiana Trail has prepared an itinerary which allows you to tour the territory in just a few days. Through various stages, it covers all of Lunigiana. Perfect for Bikepacking journeys and bike lovers, it is also suitable for MTB or E-MTB. The itinerary includes back roads and paths, it is GPS- tracked and can be downloaded on your smartphone!
Length: 52 km
Difference in height+: 1970 m
We start from Pontremoli, a splendid town with ancient traditions and magnificent Baroque architecture. It is also crossed by the famous pilgrim route, the Via Francigena. Breakfast must consist of an amor, a typical little cake made in the town. Then, after filling up a plentiful water supply, we leave Pontremoli by cycling along a dirt road with regular slopes to the Prati di Logarghena (about 1000 metres altitude), a stunning place in the Tuscan – Emilian Apennine National Park. Here, you can enjoy a blissful panorama before going down towards the Rocca Sigillina village, where you can see the ruins of the centuries-old castle and then the village of Lusignana. From there, we follow a dirt track through a wood of chestnuts, oak, hazelnut trees and hornbeams until after several kilometres we reach the hills of the Bagnone valley to see Vico Valle and Treschietto, famous for its castle and the red onion. From Treschietto, there is a steep hill to reach Bagnone, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Lunigiana. Stop here to admire the views and waterfalls. Then, we go up towards Collesino and the bike tour ends in Apella, a pleasant hamlet where you can stay in the Agriturismo Montagna Verde.
…to be continued