The imposing Monte Gottero rise up along the border between Liguria, Emilia and Toscana; it's the highest top overhanging Vara Valley. In clear days it offers a very wide panorama. The slopes of the mountain are covered from large woods while the summit is a meadowland. This hike is very popular and famous, it follows a stretch of the “Alta Via dei Monti Liguri”.
Distance 11.1 km
From the pass follow the “Alta Via dei Monti Liguri” (AVML) southward, along the grassy watershed between Vara and Taro valleys. Reach Passo del Lupo (1155 m); go up along a dirt road till Bocca del Lupo (woodland, 1257 m). Reach a crossroad (1300 m) and follow to the right the sign trail “AV2”, along the watershed till the top of Monte Góttero (1639 m; iron cross, since 1933, and a trigonometric sign). The panorama is very wide: in clear days it's from Pianura Padana to the Corsica island, from Alpi Apuane to Alpi Marittime. Descent: follow the path eastward till the crossroads Foce dei Tre Confini (1416 m). In past times it was very important pass because of the presence of “Via Regia” linked S. Santo Stefano Magra and Ceparana with Parmense. The place name is due to the ancient presence of the border of three states in this point: Regno di Sardegna, Ducato di Parma and Granducato di Toscana. Today here is the border of Liguria, Emilia Romagna and Toscana. At Foce dei Tre Confini turn left, follow toward north west the AVML to come back to Passo della Cappelletta.
AuthorAgenzia Turistica Liguria
Update: September 07, 2021
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Parkingfrom Sestri Levante follow the road SS 523 as far as Varese Ligure. From here reach the Passo di Cento Croci. Before reach the pass take in the right the road to Passo della Cappelletta (1085 m; wind turbines).
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