From the Sanctuary, continue up the meadow slopes, passing the cross and countryside and finally re-joining the tarmac road at a panoramic viewpoint that looks out the Apennine peaks of the Mommio Alps. Here you can see the mountain groups M. Prado-M. Vecchio, and further east, M. Giovo-Rondinaio with the Apuan Alps as a backdrop and with M. Pisanino in the foreground. Following the road to the left you will gradually climb the hill along a road lined by high alder trees that continue uphill after a bend.
Soon you will notice a path going up to the left with a sign that indicates the way to the S. Nicolao ruins. These are the recent excavations of the basement of the medieval S. Nicolao hospital that was active during the pilgrim era along the Via Francigena between the 10th and 13th centuries. Ceramic remains, graves and commercial objects have all been found here.
Not by chance, it was built right next to the Tea valley, one of the most used passes of its day, up until the 19th century, as it connected Lugigiana to Garfagnana as well as Lombardy to Lucca and Tuscany.