Dating back to the eighteenth century, the Via Vandelli connects Modena to Massa and is the ducal road commissioned by Francesco III d'Este for the wedding of his son with Maria Teresa Cybo-Malaspina. The passage was built to connect the two cities, passing exclusively through the territories of the duchy in order to make it safe to travel. The work was entrusted to Domenico Vandelli, from whom the road takes its name.
The Via Vandelli climbs through the charming territories straddling the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and winds up along the ridges of the Apuan Alps. Entering Garfagnana from San Pellegrino in Alpe, it proceeds uphill towards the Passo della Tambura, at 1620 m asl. From here, you can enjoy a breathtaking view which opens onto the Gulf of La Spezia on one side, and onto the rugged peaks of the Apuan Alps of Garfagnana on the other.
The road then descends to Massa, in the last of the seven stages that make up the entire route.