The Sentiero del Lupo is an educational loop trail, dedicated to the big predator, the Wolf.  From the parking lot in Vallico di Sotto follow the wide mule track which in about 20 minutes connects to Vallico di Sopra, an ancient medieval village characterized by slate roofs. The path crosses the village from bottom to top and continues following the old mule track indicated with white-red CAI trail no. 111 towards San Luigi, a magnificent mountain pasture still inhabited today by shepherds who continue the preparation of excellent cheese with their flocks. In San Luigi, take the CAI path no. 136 towards Foce Palodina.

From here, with a detour of a few minutes, it is possible to reach the summit of Monte Palodina, where the view sweeps from the Apuan Alps across the entire Garfagnana valley to the green Apennine peaks. The path continues on the slopes of Montaprato among beech, birch and chestnut woods. Turn left, at the intersection with CAI path no. 135 which in a few minutes leads to Foce Pompanella, a place of passage of the wolf, so keep your eyes open! From here, keep to the left, descending along the road, first dirt then paved, through ancient chestnut groves and small hamlets to rejoin the main asphalted road a few hundred meters above the starting point of Vallico di Sotto.

Variant of the Mill (yellow sign). From the arch of the ancient mill located along the Turrite Cava stream at the confluence with the Rio Silvano follow, on the right, the mule track along the Rio Silvano to reach the village of Vallico Sotto. Walking time + 1 hr

Variant of Fabbriche di Vallico (purple sign). From Fabbriche di Vallico follow the route which in 40 minutes arrives to Vallico di Sotto passing through the locality of Le Polle. Walking time + 1 hr

Walking Time: 5 hrs
Lenght: 13 Km
Elevation gain:
↑ Uphill 650 mt
Downhill 650 mt
Difficulty: medium level

Enjoy the mountains

The 10 Essentials for Mountain Safety

The 10 Essentials for Mountain Safety
  • Before you leave plan your route (including trail length and difficulty) and inform someone you trust of your trip plan.
  • Before you leave inform about the update weather forecast by contacting directly mountain huts or other accommodations
  • Select trips of a distances and grades that are suitable to your level of conditioning. Leave early in the morning and calculate your expected time of return before dusk.
  • Choose a regular and moderate walking speed, make different rest stops, especially if there are children.
  • Drink a lot (water, tea or natural juice). Eat food rich in carbohydrate and protein such as wheat bread, dried fruit, nuts ect..
  • Choose the right equipment. The footwear has to allow a steady step and protect the articulations.
  • Use a practical and light clothing, but do not forget to carry in your pack waterproof and warm clothing. Consider taking a first aid kit.
  • When hiking with a group, take care of them and inform hikers about possible dangers, and if necessary, provide first aid.
  • Respect wildlife, avoid useless noise and leave no waste.
  • Follow signposted trails. Check your map regularly, and if you are not sure about your position try to get back on route with an eye for landmarks.

Required maps and guides

  • Carta dei sentieri delle Alpi Apuane scale 1:25.000 fg. 101/102 Ed. Multigraphic (FI)
  • Carta dei sentieri delle Alpi Apuane della Garfagnana scale 1:20.000 Ed. Multigraphic (Fi)
  • Carta dei sentieri dell’Appennino Settentrionale scale 1: 25.000 fg. 15 e fg. 18 Ed. Multigraphic (FI)
  • Carta dei sentieri delle riserve naturali statati Orecchiella, Lamarossa e Pania di Corfino scale 1:25.000 ed G. Mondadori
  • Carta escursionistica Alpi Apuane scale 1:25.000 Ed. 4 Land
  • Cartina dei sentieri Alpi Apuane Ed. Moriconi

Local Hiking Guides

Adami Michela +39 333 7294941
Bertagni Attilio +39 333 5846159
Bertolini Antonella +39 347 17898696
Bini Manuel +39 380 1241224
Bonaventuri Giziano +39 334 1815450
Bonini Daniele +39 340 4876237
Bozzi Elisa +39 349 6416663
Da Prato Adolfo +39 349 8452424
Fiori Alessandra +39 329 3435564
Fontanini Nicholas +39 348 5154999
Fruganti Enrico
+39 333 7530872
Lunardi Marco +39 329 2015805
Marchi Stefano +39 328 9077578
Mori Mirco +39 327 5705234
Musetti Danilo +39 328 6772893
Orsoni Francesca
+39 328 3197046
Pedri Lucia
+39 336 666795
Pellizer Pier Luigi +39 328 5369047
Saisi David +39 328 6772917
Tortelli Riccardo +39 333 6937950
Yates Bell Rupert +39 347 5139794

Local Hiking guides associations
Garfagnana Activities
Garfagnana Adventure
Garfagnana Guide
Wild Trails
Garfagnana Rafting

La Garfagnana è un universo contratto, non c’è strada, cammino o sentiero che non porti a una visione inattesa, a qualcosa di inaspettatamente straordinario. Può essere una roccia, un eremo, un bosco, un fiume, un castello, ma può essere anche un uomo. So che ciò che mi chiama in Garfagnana non è semplicemente la sua geografia, ma gli umani che la abitano, come la abitano. La Garfagnana è di una bellezza struggente, una bellezza selvaggia e amorevole; e ciò che mi commuove è come il suo paesaggio sia stato plasmato, lavorato, addolcito anche nelle durezze più ardue da chi lo vive.


Maurizio Maggiani