MAP

05b_Roncadello-SanPellegrin

Stage Features

2h 50′

8,8 km

Difficulty Rating: E

From Mount Roncadello the Via Biblulca-599 path and the SM carry on together along the ridge. You enter a beech wood, and shortly after the Via Bibulca path peels off to the left passing through the village of Canalaccia. You continue to a hamlet known as Colle del Morto. As you carry on, the trail repeatedly crosses the asphalted road that leads to S. Geminiano. The trail emerges just below the buildings of the Cross Country Ski Centre Boscoreale at Prati Fiorentini, passes behind the mountain cabin and horse stables and arrives in S. Geminiano.

A recently renovated oratory bears witness to the presence of a pilgrim hospital that once stood here. Opposite the oratory on the left, path 591 leads down to Piandelagotti, while the SM carries straight on, coinciding with the multipurpose path, the forestry road, and the “Alta Via dei Parchi” Apennines trail. Continue toward the ridge along the forestry road up to a crossroad: the path that continues straight on, signposted 591, leads to Maccherie and coincides with the summer variant of the SM from Civago.

If you turn left, the SM continues along the forestry road for Passo delle Radici. A few metres further along, a path peels off to the right, marked as 599 and Via Bibulca, that may offer a viable alternative as this pathway also climbs up to Passo delle Radici, crossing path 00 that comes down on the right from Alpicella delle Radici just before reaching the Pass.

Once reached Passo delle Radici and after crossing the main road (DANGER), the SM continues downhill to the right, passing just above a hotel and cutting across the ski slopes. he route weaves its way across open fields and then enters a wood before re-emerging in farmland near the village of Pradaccio.

Finally you come to the outlying houses just below the village of San Pellegrino (REST POINT) where you can enjoy a breath-taking view of the Tuscan slopes. You can choose to walk from Passo delle Radici to San Pellegrino along the asphalted road (signposted 00) that skirts the village of Lagadello at a historic crossroads marked with a small pillar. From San Pellegrino a short climb takes you to the scenic “Giro del Diavolo” hamlet.

PILGRIMS AND HOSPITALS

In mountain areas, where the roads were difficult for travellers, especially in winter, there were shelters and ‘hospitals’ for pilgrims situated a days’ walk apart, thus more common than in other areas but frequently small and isolated. The best-known and largest hospital was San Pellegrino, but San Geminiano di Pindelagotti and San Leonardo di Civago are still associated with former places of refuge and prayer.