• Average walking time 7 hrs
  • Elevation gain uphill 950 m
  • Elevation gain downhill 450 m

Vagli Sotto - Val Serenaia

Stage 4

From Vagli Sotto (600 m. a.s.l) the route goes up to the town of Vagli Sopra, from here it swiftly climbs to reach Campocatino (1000 m. a.s.l.). The footpath CAI n. 177 climbs upwards keeping right of the meadows towards Passo della Tombaccia.

The scenery changes rapidly; dry and lunar, it points out one of the aspects of the karst marvel of Apuan chain. Sinkholes of Carcaraia are natural wavy depressions where it is necessary to pay close attention. Arriving at Passo della Focolaccia impact with the most important economical activity maybe annoying. The marble quarries have cut through the peaks leaving white scars on the mountain. Pay close attention to landmarks which often are removed due to mining activity.

Crossing the quarry and the CAI footpath n. 179 leads to Foce di Cardeto then opens in the valley of Orto di Donna, from here by taking the footpath CAI n. 178, downhill, we reach Val Serenaia. Accommodation is possible in Rifugio Donegani (tel 329 2015805 advance booking is required, open all year-round) or in Rifugio Val Serenaia (tel 349 1424641 opening period June 15 September 15, during the remaining period open just on weekends).