Stage 03: From Monte Staffola to Vetto
17.6 469 705 717 311 5h
This stage is not excessively long but, perhaps more than others, very rich in natural and historical relevant sites: waterways with mills, geological emergencies and sites with discoveries and excavations still in progress. After crossing some pleasantly isolated villages (at least in the eyes of those who pass there), you reach the center of Vetto, equipped with every opportunity for a quiet stop at the end of the stage, having also already covered about 45 km from the beginning of the trek.
- Unfortunately, in the stretch just beyond the bridge on the Tassobbio stream, reaching - as it was always recommended with a short detour from the main route - the spectacular waterfall on Rio Tassaro is not anymore possible , due to a disastrous detachment of rocky boulders that impede passage.
Description of the stage
From the place chosen for your overnight stay, you will reconnect to SD near Mount Staffola or in its vicinity, to continue your journey to the village of Borzano (which has remarkable church, a beautiful tower-house with a "stone face" ) and reach the charming hamlet of Crognolo. Leave the hamlet and go down a comfortable road that, after passing the beautiful tower-house of Lesignola, leads to the famous Mulino di Chichino still operating for demonstration visits thanks to the availability of the owner. Crossing the bridge over the Tassobbio stream, the path tends to climb more and more until it hits Crovara, a repository of history (Church of San Giorgio, ruins of the Rocca) and present time (La Rupe di San Giorgio Hostell). The path penetrate the most naturalistic heart of the stage, the wood valleys of Rio Tassaro and Riolco stream (Protected Site), with the unique and mysterious stone of Monte Lulseto, an ancient place of cult linked to the veneration of rocks. The path then continues through a succession of villages, each with its own characteristics: Legoreccio (with the Corte dei Da Palude and the monument in memory of 1944 massacre), Pineto (another Corte dei Da Palude and house-tower) and Spigone (narrow paths between stone arches and Locanda del Rebecco). Then the stage resumes its crossing at a stable altitude up to Costa from which, with a wide view of the Val d'Enza, the descent towards Vetto begins. In Vetto, the third stage ends (Town Hall, shops, restaurants / pizzeria, bank, pharmacy, newsagent).
- Mulino di Chichino: for a possible guided tour, to be agreed in advance, contact the owner: Giuseppe Salsi (Tel 0039 348 7292337);
- In the villages of Pineto and Spigone there are structures that can offer catering: consult the interactive map of this website to identify them. It is always recommended to book in advance.
- In the village of Vetto or nearby, there are various structures that can accommodate the traveler for an overnight stay: consult the interactive map of this website to locate them. It is always recommended to book in advance.
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