For the final part of our tour in the Pistoia mountains you’ll need proper hiking shoes and clothing suitable for the season: yes, we’re going for a hike! The trail we recommend to you all is a few hours’ walk and reaches the Rifugio del Montanaro (or Mountaineer's Hut), located at an altitude of 1567 metres in the surroundings of the Poggio dei Malandrini. The ideal departing point for such a hike is the parking lot close to the Casetta de’ Pulledrari (1227 m. a.s.l.), but you can also set off for the hut on foot from the town of Maresca. On the way up to the Mountaineer's Hut, following along the trail number 3, you will be accompanied by the thick woods of the Teso forest (mostly beeches) and, from time to time, scenic creeks.
If you really, really want to make the most of this hike, here’s a secret: when you reach the information plaque signalling the Passo dei Malandrini (1.577 m. a.s.l.), don’t go directly to the Mountaineer’s Hut (at that point, you’re pretty much there) but keep heading up: you’re a few minutes away from the ridge of the mountain (trail 00) and from enjoying a very spectacular 360° panoramic view from the area known as the Pedata del Diavolo. You should know that some sections of this hike are quite steep and thus challenging, but it’s worth it!