The Second Climb to Monte Mandria

Since this morning I had less time than usual I chose a nearer starting place, Bocconi: it’s a little hamlet placed between Portico di Romagna and San Benedetto in Alpe. But I ended up doing a longer route than usual (~12 km)… but as always it was REALLY worth it. Moreover this route will lay the foundation to a pivotal moment in my (hiking) life, but I will write about it in a few posts.


TIMETABLE

LOCATIONELEVATIONCOORDSTIMEDISTANCE
Bocconi378mN44°00’28.77”
E011°44’41.10”
0m0m
Ponte della Brusia376mN44°00’25.87”
E011°44’47.42”
3m/3m180m/180m
Raggio395mN44°00’22.66”
E011°44’48.90”
5m/8m212m/392m
Viewpoint665mN43°59’56.24”
E011°44’23.18”
35m/43m1.33km/1.72km
Monte Mandria1044mN43°58’45.71”
E011°44’7.06”
58m/1h41m2.58km/4.30km
Junction to
graveled road
922mN43°58’44.81”
E011°44’35.00”
20m/2h1m1.34km/5.64km
Castellana953mN43°58’53.67”
E011°45’15.94”
13m/2h14m1.07km/6.71km
Junction with
CAI 423
825mN43°59’23.06”
E011°45’35.41”
21m/2h35m1.29km/8km
Forno678mN43°59’33.46”
E011°45’13.93”
19m/2h54m1.39km/9.39km
Ponte della Brusia376mN44°00’25.87”
E011°44’47.42”
41m/3h35m2.81km/12.2km
Bocconi378mN44°00’28.77”
E011°44’41.10”
3m/3h38m100m/12.3km

OVERVIEW MAP

You can download this trip GPX here.

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20 – PARCO NAZIONALE FORESTE CASENTINESI (Monti Editore) – 1:25000


As always in the morning, but this time not as early as usual: before heading to Bocconi I stop by a little bar in Portico to have breakfast before heading up. There’s a pretty big group of hunters loudly discussing and confronting their past preys. I have a strange relationship with hunting in general: I would NEVER pull the trigger against a wild animal, but on the other hand I still think that this practice is more fair for the prey than large intensive breeding. This being said I arrive in Bocconi, take a left down a little asphalted road and I park the car. Ready to go! I have a quick stop at Ponte della Brusia, probably the only notable place in the hamlet: this bridge is pretty old as you can see from the structure (in italian is called “a schiena d’asino”, it should roughly translate in “made like a donkey’s back”). This will be the starting and ending place at the same time, since as always I planned a loop.

And uphill we go! I immediately reach Raggio, an house probably used as a summer residence since it’s very well tended. At a nearby junction I keep going up on CAI 421 trail, leaving the paved road in a bit (that would be also interesting to explore, since it pass along a couple of abandoned houses up to Monte Farfareta and Monte Fumarolo) and heading toward my first destination, Monte Mandria.

After nearly two hours (I took my sweet time to take some pictures and just look around) I finally reach the top of Monte Mandria. I didn’t stuck around much because firstly I head to the headtrail I visited in May, with a group of friends, when we were coming up from San Benedetto in Alpe. This junction is interesting because frmo here you can choose three different trail to follow. After checking by I backtrack to Monte Mandria and, this time, I head into CAI 401 directed towards Passo Valbura. The way now goes downhill (the easy part begins) and after a while i get back onto a graveled road. This is also part of a VERY interesting mountain bike route that one day I hope to be able to do (buying a mountain bike would be a great first step!).

Now the way is large: this road is used probably also by park rangers. I cut some corners of it following some narrower paths and in a while I can see Passo Valbura in the distance (there are some parked car there). But I turn on the left heading into CAI 423, that will bring me back to Bocconi. I quickly encounter two amazing places: the first one is an abandoned house just placed onto a grass field… an heartfilling view! The going down I reach a little abandoned hamlet that would be a great place to live into with some like-minded friends: both this places are part of an old locality called Forno.

It’s a matter of minutes to being back to Ponte della Brusia: I pass nearby a closed chapel (I didn’t find any information about it) then I complete the loop! Magnificent views for this sunny morning (it began raining after a while, so I was pretty lucky) and another piece of land explored.

I hoped to write more during this COVID-19 quarantine, but to be fair everytime I look at some picture of past hikes I get sadder, since I can’t go out now :-/ So I try to keep the blog alive but probably won’t overdo.

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