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In the days spent first at Barco and then Casetta di Tiara, the couple certainly took long walks together "through the great woods",  in the wild, solitary, natural setting of the Apennines. Surely Moscheta with its austere Abbey, halfway from Barco to Casetta, was a place the lovers visited often. The itinerary we suggest is a route that moves around Moscheta, a famous rest-stop for trekkers and excursionists, as well as horseback riders, and today the home of a museum of the Apennines landscape.

 

Introductory and technical notes

 

Nei Canyon di MoschetaNei Canyon di MoschetaThe route allows us to touch on two of the most spectacular valleys in the Firenzuola territory: Val del Vecchuone and Val del Rovigo. The first, just past Badia di Moscheta, is closed in on both sides by high walls that create a narrow passage called Valle dell'Inferno (the valley of hell). The second, above the locality of Lastra, is also closed in by stratified sandstone walls from which water often falls in rivulets. The route includes a 640 metre climb and takes roughly 7 hours on foot, which makes it accessible to experienced excursionists who have a knowledge of mountain trekking. The route cannot be travelled on horseback or by MTB because many of the corridors are very narrow.

 

Access

 

From Florence by way of state road n. 503 to San Piero a Sieve, then Scarperia, and up to the Giogo Pass, which descends to Barco and Rifredi. The road on the right, at Rifredi, leads to Moscheta.

 

Description on foot

 

Nei Canyon di Moscheta - La schedaNei Canyon di Moscheta - La schedaFrom Badia di Moscheta the road leads to the fork for Poggio Roncaccio, as described in itinerary 1 of the Campana and Sibilla Aleramo excursion. From here the route goes right on to trail n. 701 CAI (Gea and the main SOFT route) along sections of the mountain crests. It leads to an important fork in the road. We take the track on the right (trail n. 739 and 741 CAI) towards Valle del Rovigo. We thus move along a secondary crest, leaving behind us, just a bit later, trail n. 739, which continues left along the main trail. Near the Pian dell'Aiara farmhouses, we leave the main trail and descend towards the left. It is possible, at this point, to choose whether to take this path or to remain on the main trail, both of which lead to the bottom of  the Rovigo valley. If you feel up to it and are in good physical condition, however, we suggest you take the path which descends to the valley bottom much farther on, near one of the biggest waterfalls created by this river. Both routes descend to the valley and to Lastra, from which we turn back to Badia di Moscheta on the same route.

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