Campocatino, at the foot of the rocky wall of Mount Roccandagia, is an ancient pasture for shepherds and one of the best known places in the entire Garfagnana. This easy walk follows the path of the procession which in June and September brings the statue of Blessed Viviano from the Hermitage to the small chapel built in the center of the Campocatino basin. San Viano or Viviano lived in the hermitage built under an overhanging rock face, feeding only on wild cabbages that grew here in abundance in every season. A saint never officially recognized to whom the entire population of Vagli is extremely devoted, passing from protector of shepherds, who once climbed numerous to the pasture of Campocatino, to protector of quarrymen when, with the advent of marble excavation, the economy of this area has changed. For those wishing to extend the time of the route, the beautiful CAI no. 177 trail starts from Vagli di Sopra and reaches Campocatino. Average walking time 40 minutes.


It is possible to visit the hermitage during the summer.
For more info contact the restaurant “Il Rifugio” in Campocatino tel. +39 (0)583 664020 cell. +39 339 8500873 cell. +39 346 6941861.

The trail must be approached very carefully in the section of the mule track that descends to San Viano in case of rain or in winter in the presence of snow or ice.

Hiking map 1: 25,000 scale by Marco Barbieri  Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Walking time: 1.5 hrs
Lenght: 1 km
Downhill elevation gain: 200 m
Uphill elevation gain: 200 m
Difficulty: Tourist

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

  • Alpi Apuane meridionali  fg. 535/537 scala 1:20.000 Ed. Mulgraphic – Firenze
  • Alpi Apuane settentrionali fg. 534/536 scala 1:20.000 Ed. Mulgraphic – Firenze
  • Appennino Tosco-Emiliano fg. 18 scala 1:20.000 Ed. Mulgraphic – Firenze
  • Alpi Apuane fg 200 scala 1:25.000 Edizioni 4Land -Bolzano
  • Appennino Tosco-Emiliano fg 208 scala 1:25.000 Edizioni 4Land -Bolzano


    For MTB routes:

  • Carta turistica Garfagnana – Itinerari in MTB scala 1:50.000 ed. Ass Garfagnana MTB Sharing

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
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
Bosco Aperto
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