From the centre of Barga, the area around the Duomo, you head towards Porta Macchiaia. Take the aqueduct’s narrow path and at the Fornacetta Church take a right. The route climbs to the town of Buvicchia which offers a lovely view. After a section of tarmac road, a path appears on the right which leads rather steeply down to a little ford where you can cross the Loppora stream. From here, a dirt path through the woods will easily guide you to the centuries-old parish church of Loppia. You cross the ancient stone bridge which leads to Filecchio on the historic route of the “Solco”, where you will also find an old wash house. Continuing on, you reach the centre of Filecchio and head towards the village of Ponte All’Ania.
From Ponte All’Ania, on the right you will find the footpath which leads quickly but steeply to Piano di Coreglia, reaching the church of San Lorenzo. You then carry on in the direction of Ghivizzano Castle with its distinctive historic centre and the defence tower of Castruccio Castracani.
From Ghivizzano you take a few dirt paths and continue upwards, carefully crossing a bridge over the River Serchio. You then take a right and, in a hundred metres, cross the road following the signs for the dirt path which heads upwards to the right.
Here, you begin a climb which is demanding but on easy ground, and on a broad path. Awaiting you after you reach the top is a scenic descent to the town of Rocca. From here it is all downhill to Borgo a Mozzano, on a mix of tarmac and dirt trails.