Red signpost 

To rech to top of Pania di Corfino there are several paths. This path is singposted in red colour and starts from the Visitor Center, for a first stretch coincides with Airone 1, and then goes to join the CAI path no. 62, immersed in a thick beech forest. The CAI route leads near the Botanical Garden which is worth a visit. The itinerary continues on a steep stony path, up to an altitude of 1603 meters above sea level. The Pania di Corfino, in its geomorphological diversity, dominates the whole territory, an apparently impervious and arid landscape which, with the changing of the seasons, can however give many emotions. The blooms of Globularia incanescens appear from the first days of June, along the slopes the yellow laburnum shines, while the canine cherry trees host orchestras of industrious bees. La Pania di Corfino is also “the home of the Mouflons”: in spring you can see the little ones taking their first steps among the rocks; in autumn we hear the battles between the big rams for the conquest of the females.

From the summit the view is spectacular: the Apuan Alps, Mount Cusna, the northern Apennines, Mount Cimone and the Pistoiese ridge up to the Pizzorne mountains. The landscape is a plateau with pastures and large beech trees twisted by the wind; in autumn, the roar of the deer breaks the silence of the forest and on cold winter days, golden eagles soar in the sky. After a short stretch, the route descends on the north side, up to Sella di Campaiana, still following the CAI no. 62; from here, on the left, along the CAI no. 64 and the Airone 1, it continues reaching the gorge called “Buca dei Lupi”; finally returns to the country road to the Botanical Garden, follows it for a few hundred meters and then descends on the right towards the  mountain hut Isera, a refreshment point, before returning to the Visitor Center.

Walking Time: 3.5 hrs
Lenght: 6 km
Downhill elevation gain: 400 m
Uphill elevation gain: 400 m
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