Mt. Ventasso

On foot         Great Interest: Flora Great Interest: Geology Great Interest: Panorama 
  • Departure: Rifugio Pratizzano (1,203m)
  • Arrival: Rifugio Pratizzano (1,203m)
  • Duration: 4 hour/s
  • Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
  • Difference in height: 650m
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,727m
  • Recommended Period: from June to October
  • Localities Crossed: Pratizzano - Lago Calamone - S. Maria Maddalena - M. Ventasso - Pratizzano
  • Comuni: Ramiseto, Collagna, Busana

Zona del Parco: Zone G - Bismantova, Triassic Gypsum Formations, and Mt. Ventasso

From the gentle Pratizzano pass to the isolated Mt. Ventasso, one of the most panoramic and characteristic mountains of the Park slope in Emilia. It stands out like a pyramid between the valleys of Secchia and Enza, far from the ridge, but with a severe aspect and glacial morphologies. Calamone Lake, or Ventasso Lake, has glacial origins like the peat bogs surrounding it, while the imposing sandstones of the summit clash with the surrounding clayey and calcareous formations covered with beech woods and clearings used as pastures.

Stops: Pratizzano Mountain Hut, 15 beds, annual opening Tel. +39 347 8869112,; café-restaurant Venusta sul Lago Calamone (seasonal opening) Tel. +39 333 5974968, bivouac S. Maria Maddalena (always open)

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Mt. Ventasso from Pastorale
Centuries-old beech tree on the shores of Calamone Lake
Calamone Lake from the summit of Ventasso
Small pond in Pratizzano
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