Distance: 18.7 km
From Poggio di Garfagnana, the road begins to climb and the Apuan Alps come to dominate this territory, challenging trekkers in the second stage of the Tuscan Via Vandelli.
During the journey, you will come across few places and a lot of nature, crossing wooded paths and dirt roads up to Vagli di Sotto, where the artificial lake of the same name - Lago di Vagli - hides a ghost village under its surface. The road, going up the course of the Edron stream, entered this small and industrious village founded by the blacksmiths from Brescia and Bergamo who worked the iron extracted from the mines of Mount Tambura here.
The route of the Via Vandelli is wild and thrilling, climbing along the Apuan ridges until it reaches the highest point of the entire route: the Passo della Tambura. Upon reaching its 1620 m a.s.l., you are in a unique landscape where you can move carefully along the narrow and steep paths, as exciting as few places can be. Here, you are a guest of the mountain. Taking a small detour from Passo della Tambura, you can follow the CAI path 148 towards Vetta Tambura at 1895 m a.s.l., to enjoy a breathtaking view of the austere peaks of the Apuan Alps.
Once back on the Pass, the short descent begins, leading to Campaniletti which is the end point of this stage and the Garfagnana stretch of the Via Vandelli. Not far away, hinting at the path that winds along the third and last stretch, is the CAI Nello Corti Refuge, at 1450 m a.s.l. From the Arnetola Valley, up to the town of Resceto, on the Massa side, the Via Vandelli appears to us in all its original glory. Since 1752, the year of its inauguration, it testifies to the mastery with which the hairpin bends and the pavement of the road that climbs up to Passo della Tambura were designed and built.