From the wide Lama Lite pass, continue your hike toward the ridge that offers a view of the upper Valle del Dolo, covered by the Abetina Reale forest. This Site of Community Importance is home to indigenous conifers, particularly silver firs, “remains” of the eras when the climate was much colder than the climate today. Hopefully you’ll catch a fleeting glimpse of the deer that have begun to roam the Apennine forests again, opening the possibility that their natural predators, like wolves and golden eagles, will return as well.
Once past the Bocca di Massa crossing (1,816 m), near Monte Vecchio, ignore trails n. 64 and 58 (variations) leading to the Pania di Corfino and the Botanical Garden, and instead descend toward Passo delle Forbici, where you will find the ancient road connecting Casone di Profecchia to the Segheria dell’Abetina Reale Refuge, which, interestingly, was made suitable for heavy vehicles after the war by the S.I.R. (Società Italiana Rimboschimenti).
At Passo del Giovarello, leave the ridge and climb down along the paved mule track in the marshy Maccherie valley. Nearing the end of this long walk, you’ll follow the ancient via Bibulca to Passo delle Radici, a foundation for traffic and communication between the Garfagnana and the slopes on the Reggio Emilia side. From Passo delle Radici, take the “ducal” road via Vandelli, which in the mid-1700s was a considerable technical challenge for its time.
The enterprising road, now restored in the more difficult stretches, is a highly fascinating destination for hikers. This part of your hike ends around the historic hospice of San Pellegrino in Alpe, guardian of the mortal remains of Saints Peregrine and Bianco, who for centuries watched over the destiny of this outpost, once a “Hospital” for pilgrims passing through in the Middle Ages. The view of the Apuan Alps and the Garfagnana are splendid from here.