From Sassalbo to Ospedalaccio

On foot         Great Interest: Geology Great Interest: Panorama 
  • Departure: Sassalbo (863m)
  • Arrival: Sassalbo (863m)
  • Duration: 4 hour/s
  • Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
  • Difference in height: 480m
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,280m
  • Recommended Period: from April to November
  • Localities Crossed: Sassalbo - Le Fosse - L. Padule - Crocetta - P. Cerreto - Ospedalaccio - Sassalbo
  • Comuni: Fivizzano (MS), Collagna (RE)

Zona del Parco: Zone D - Upper Val Secchia and Val Rosaro

A journey back to the past will lead you from Sassalbo along Via Modenese, a paved road for the State of the Este, then to Ospedalaccio Pass, where a medieval shelter used to welcome the pilgrims. Across the natural settings of Acqua Torbida, the dolines and the gullies, and then again among the chestnut woods and the history of Sassalbo. Before being replaced by "via dei Francesi" (the way of the French) across Gatto Pass, then by Lunigiana Military Road, the current SS 63, almost all the traffic heading for Cerreto and Fivizzano used to involve the Road of Tornello or Ritornella and Crocetta Pass, along the road that in a map dating back to 1827 is called "Strada Maestra dal Cereto a Sassalbo" (Major Road from Cerreto to Sassalbo).

Stops: Cerreto Pass: hotel Passo del Cerreto (13 beds and dormitory with 10 beds) Tel. +39 0522 898214 - +39 0585 949666; Hotel Alpino (34 beds) Tel. +39 0522 898113 - +39 0522 898151 - Sassalbo: Hotel Giannarelli +39 0585 949726; Orto Botanico dei Frignoli guest house and TL lap Tel. +39 0187 422598 -

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Mt. Alto from Ospedalaccio
Passo del Gatto
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The Park is a mosaic of villages

The Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park is made of a variety of distinct and different pieces that come together to create one unforgettable vacation.
While the diversity of the villages, attractions, forests, and mountains may surprise you, their close proximity allows visitors to see a little bit of everything in a short amount of time.
The more you see, the more you can appreciate the entire region. Explore the mosaic of places, people and experiences which make up the Park!