Continuing along a path (with light traffic) you finally arrive at the Dante Pass.
"This thing then appeared to me as Master
of the Hounds, who tracked the wolf and his cubs
out on the hill where the Pisans don't see Lucca."
Dante wrote this in the 33rd canto of the Divine Comedy, however, from this point onwards you have a splendid view of both Lucca and Pisa as well as a variety of possible treks of Monte Pisano among myrtle, holm oak woods and Mediterranean scrub. Dante's pass corresponds precisely to the pass of the ancient road that connected Lucca and Pisa. A plaque depicts the word of the Supreme Poet, and the path is dedicated to him.
And that's not all. A few more steps and you can reach the Eremo della Spelonca, a historic Augustinian hermitage whose origin is lost in the mists of time. The black hermits who founded it as a parish church around 1000 dedicated themselves to the religious assistance of the people of the area, far from the cities. Near the chapel you can see a baptismal font carved in stone.
Drops of water fall from the ceiling of the cave near the hermitage, which in popular tradition have healing powers. Near the church, a long stone bears the footprints of the horse that according to legend was ridden by the Devil himself who wandered around those places in failed attempts to thwart the holy hermit who lived there. To drive the devil away, the Saint hrew him onto Monte Penna, where since then no grass grows.