"The Monte Folgorito is one of the best sights of the Apuan Alps. Although it is only a modest peak of 900 m, from here, on a clear day, you can see the Ligurian Alps, the Gulf of Poets, the island of Corsica and the Tuscan archipelago, especially Elba island. It is easily accessible from Massa in 30 minutes by car and then about 40 minutes walk along a gravel road, which is very easy and suitable for all. At the end of the path you reach "Col di Melo", a flatland at the foot of the summit of Monte Folgorito, named after the apple tree that you can find there. This place is perfect for picnics and family trips.
The Folgorito has a historical importance: the Gothic Line passed from here, where a German outpost stood. In these mountains bloody and crucial battles have been fought for the control of the territory. You still find the trenches and the original structures dating back to the WWII. There is also a monument and some commemorative plaques.
The trails around Mount Folgorito and near Pasquilio (where you leave the car if you come from Massa) are popular among trekking and mountain bike lovers. Routes vary in degree of difficulty, from the dirty roads to the scenic trails with wooden structures (jumps, bridges). The Monte Folgorito peak is easily recognizable from the Tuscan coast thanks to its characteristic cone shape with a big cross on the top. From the "Col di Melo" the summit can be reached with a 10 minutes walk but the route is quite challenging."
Paragraph written by Matteo Dunchi.