Abetina Reale (Royal Fir Wood)

On foot         Great Interest: Panorama Great Interest: Hystory 
  • Departure: Case di Civago (1,046m)
  • Arrival: Case di Civago (1,046m)
  • Duration: 5 hour/s 30 minutes
  • Difficulty Level: T - Tourist (level)
  • Difference in height: 750m
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,771m
  • Recommended Period: from June to November
  • Localities Crossed: Case di Civago - S. Leonardo - rif. Segheria - Case del Dolo - Case di Civago
  • Comuni: Villa Minozzo (RE)

Zona del Parco: Zone B - Upper Val Dolo and Val d'Asta

A considerable section of upper Val Dolo was given by Gazzano to the Duke of Este in 1451 in exchange for tax privileges: for this reason, the residual mixed forest of sliver fir and beech tree was called "abetina ducale" or "abetina reale" (royal or ducal fir wood) for four centuries. The wood was exploited with the building of sawmills. After one century of private property, it was included 30 years ago into the regional estates, a real green lung of the National Park, rich in history and culture. You will explore the valley by following very busy trails and three mountain huts, up to the historical pastures facing Val d'Ozola, between Prado and Cusna, with some more adventurous alternative routes.

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Stops: San Leonardo al Dolo Mountain Hut 1,240m (Tel. +39 338 4532324 - +39 0522 431875 www.rifugiosanleonardo.it - info@rifugiosanleonardo.it), 12 beds, recently opened on the ruins of the ancient medieval hospice, and which can be also required with self-management off season. Segheria dell'Abetina Reale Mountain Hut 1,410m (Tel. +39 0522 817222 - +39 338 8482715 www.rifugiosegheria.it - info@rifugiosegheria.it), with 40 beds in the ancient manor of the forest complex, CAI Cesare Battisti Mountain Hut in Lama Lite 1,759m (Tel. +39 0522 897497 - +39 349 8382733, www.rifugiobattisti.it - info@rifugiobattisti.it), with a dormitory that is always open during the closing period, and that has been recently enlarged (40 beds).

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