PATH OF MONTE LIMANO, SASSO SCRITTO, VALLE DELLO SCESTA, TOSCANA

The village of Limano, with an altitude of 500 metres, is one of the ancient castles of the Val di Lima.

This path starts next to the village cemetery and leads you through deep slopes, torrents and rugged vegetation. After around 1 hour you will reach a little church/bivouac built during the 1930s by the Forestale (the Italian State Forestry Corps.) This spot, called Granaia (967 meters above sea level) is characterised by the mouth of a river lying on a sloping ridge. The river runs down between the Valley of Scesta and the Valley of the Coccia di Limano. Granaia offers unique mountain views. You can admire, on the north/west, the Balzo Nero (the Black Leap), and towards the West the Monte Mosca (the Fly Mountain.) Going up towards the top, the scenery gets even more dramatic with M. Rondinaio and the Tre Potenze on one side and Campolino and Poggio Sentinella on the other. Far away you can spot the Corno alle Scale. You now leave the path 10B and take the path that goes down to the chestnut woods. From there you will soon reach, at 800 meters above sea level, the bottom of a vertical mountain side called “Balzo delle Cialde” or also “Sacra parete dai mille colori” (Sacred mountain side of one thousand colors) due the engravings and drawings on its rocks. This ancient sacred place is characterised by a colorful mountain side (pink, white and green) and many rocky engravings (tangled signs including some circles containing cupped engravings.) The oldest engravings are believed to date back to the period between the IV Century and the beginning of Christianity.

During the spring equinox, the mountain side is illuminated by the sun setting behind the Apuan Alps, creating a striking visual effect due to the many colors of the rocky wall. The sacred nature of this spot is probably related to this magical phenomenon. Once back to Granaia, you can either go down towards Limano along the ridge or continue the path 10b CAI to reach Siviglioli, a wild spot dotted by huts and a rural shelter (Rifugio). Those huts were the shelters were shepards in the past used to stay from spring to autumn. From here you can take the path 10 CAI or the path that goes down throughout the entire Valle della Scesta up to the village of Cocciglia, on the Lima river.