The itinerary begins at the Abetone Pass, where you can leave your car in piazza delle Piramidi, named for the presence of two monuments commemorating the construction of the ducal road that, at the end of the 1700s, linked Modena and Tuscany.
From the piazza, head up the asphalt road and follow the signs for the cross-country skiing trails. Around the cabin at the beginning of the trail, take the route to the left; this allows you to do the first stretch of the itinerary without “trespassing” on the trail.
The two trails run parallel to one another through the forest for around 2 kilometres, until the town of Fontanina. Here, the route intersects with the ski trail. Following the 00 marker, continue up the side of the mountain until you reach the top. Along the way, you’ll see various boundary stones indicating the border between the Este territory and the Florentine state.
Heading down the opposite ridge, you’ll arrive shortly in the town Foce delle Verginette and from here, the Casetta di Lapo Refuge (open only in the summer).