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  • The route:
    Marradi – Casanova – Pergole – Marradi
  • Distance run: 1 – 1,5 hours (alternative trail 2 - 3 hours)
  • Uphill climb: 230 m (alternative trail 430 m)230 m (alternative trail 430 m)
  • Trails: unmarked trail, CAI 517
  • Difficulty: This trail, as far as the Casanova chestnut wood, can be taken by almost everyone. The alternative scenic route is considerably more difficult and suggested for more experienced excursionists.
In the chestnut woodsIn the chestnut woods

The trail sets off from Marradi (328 m.) and goes in the direction of San Benedetto in Alpe. It takes Via San Benedetto and continues along the paved road for a few hundred metres. In the vicinity of an orange structure, the trail moves right along the gravel path that climbs diagonally. The trail bends right and enters a breathtaking green valley. The age old, splendidly cultivated chestnut trees surround the area. The trail passes the houses of Val Cuccia (389 m.), on the right, and continues to climb the valley along the main road, which grows gradually wider. Just under Casanova, in front of two metal huts, as the road bends sharply left, the trail goes right onto a footpath that enters a meadow and passes near a stone building. The trail passes through an open gate and starts to climb into the chestnut wood. Some of the trees are splendid; their massive trunks and vast green leafy tops make them breathtakingly beautiful.

natura_olio_giannini_03G. Giannini - Strada da fareThe trail climbs straight on, moving towards an unmistakable stone trough. The fountain (530 m.) is situated under the shade of the chestnut trees and offers the hiker a perfect resting spot. From here, the trail can turn back to Marradi directly or, alternatively, move on.

The alternative route, somewhat more difficult, goes right onto a gravel road that moves along, just above the fountain, and climbs up among enormous chestnut trees. As the trail crosses another equally important path, it turns right and comes across a small fountain. The trail first turns left and then continues straight on along the steep main road for the rest of the way.

The cultivated chestnut forest ends, but the trail continues among the wild chestnut trees that grow along the sloping sides of Mount Rotondo. The trail meets the road that goes from Badia del Borgo back to Marradi - marked with the red and white CAI signs.

The trail continues along this main path and cuts along the side of Mount Scarabattole to a wooden gate (750 m.). Once past the gate, the trail becomes a narrow downhill path. It moves towards a narrow valley and continues along near the crest of the mountain. The marked trail bends left and dips down as far as Pergole (614 m.). It follows the red and white CAI signs until another group of houses and a gravel road. The trail continues along the ridge, towering over Marradi. It passes numerous mountain estates and then descends abruptly until it reaches Marradi.

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