• Average walking time 1.30 hrs
  • Elevation gain uphill 190
  • Elevation gain downhill 190

Ariosto Footpath in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana

Ariosto Footpath

The path is dedicated to the poet Ludovico Ariosto who stayed in Castenuovo Garfagnana as governor of Garfagnana on behalf of Dukes d’Este from February 1522 to March 1525. The footpath is an easy loop that from the Rocca Ariostesca along Via Farini reaches the bridge over the Turrite river. From this point on the path is sign posted in red and white colours. From Carbonaia a nice mule track reaches the small village of Torrite (where worth a visit the ancient Roman baths). The path ascends to the group of farm-houses of Pasquigliora and reaches, through the wood, the south entrance of the Fortress Monte Alfonso. Usually this entrance is closed so to enter inside the fort it is necessary to walk, left-side, along the walls. After the visit of the fortified complex follow the old road up to the “Mestaina” (a votive chapel and place of prayer for travelers). From here reach shortly Debbia and the centre of Castelnuovo. The path can be also followed in reverse direction.