Via Vandelli in cammino: San Pellegrino in Alpe - Massa

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DATES: from 2 to 4 July and from 10 to 12 September
Spend a weekend immersed in nature and walk with a certified Stray Dogs guide a stretch of Via Vandelli, the ancient commercial and military road strongly desired by Duke Francesco III d'Este, built in the mid-18th century to connect Modena, the capital of the Duchy Estense, and Massa. Along the Via Vandelli, which takes its name from its creator and builder the abbot engineer, geographer and mathematician of the court Domenico Vandelli, you can go back to the time of the Estense Duchy and enjoy breathtaking views along the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and the Alps Apuan.
We will start from the highest point of the Modenese Apennines San Pellegrino in Alpe until we reach Piazza Aranci in Massa.

Photo credits of Via Vandelli: Stray Dogs School & Modenatur


Additional Information

Pievepelago (MO)
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length: 26 km
level: easy
difference in height in sallita: 325 mt
height difference downhill: 1380 mt

9:00 am meeting with the Guide in San Pellegrino In Alpe (MO), presentation of the trip
9: 15/30 departure
Packed lunch to be paid by the participants.
Arrival in Poggio, accommodation in the structure and typical dinner at B&B La Collina dei Franchi.
Points of interest: San Pellegrino in Alpe, Castelnuovo Garfagnana

length: 19 km
level: medium / difficult
difference in height: 1445 mt
altitude difference downhill: 455 mt

In the center of Poggio it is possible to buy a packed lunch
8.30 am departure of the second stage, ready for the Apuanica climb
arrival at the Nello Conti Refuge, accommodation with typical dinner.
Points of interest: Vagli Dam, marble quarries, Tambura Pass, Vandelli Window, Apuan Alps

length: 18km
level: MEDIUM / EASY
difference in height: 530 meters
altitude difference downhill: 1910 mt

8.30 am departure, the most spectacular stretch of the whole Via Vandelli awaits us, kilometers of dry stone wall built on the steep sides of the Apuan Alps, above which the hairpin bends still perfectly paved. We are in the final sprint, the sprint in Piazza Aranci, a few more kilometers and the sea is in front of us, behind us the Apuan Alps, the Apennines, the plain.
Return to San Pellegrino in Alpe by minibus.


Route details

Total KM of the stages: 70km

difficulty: medium / high, necessary to get used to hiking, and experiences of excursions on mixed terrain and paths with medium height differences.

necessary to get used to hiking, and experiences of excursions on mixed terrain and paths with medium height differences.

Price per person: € 309.00
Included in the package:

AIGAE environmental hiking guide certified for the entire trip;
overnight stay in double or single room and dormitory in half board with breakfast included
it will be necessary to share the room with other participants;
2 dinner and 2 breakfasts;
third day return shuttle to Sassuolo;
Accident insurance is NOT included in the package. However, it is possible to take out the Marsh insurance of € 10.00 per person up to one day before departure, by writing directly to:

The insurance in case of last minute cancellation due to illness, including Covid 19, is NOT included in the package but can be stipulated separately by contacting Modenatur at: 059220022 or

CANCELLATION POLICY: Free cancellation up to 7 days before the tour, for cancellations after this date 50% of the total amount will be retained, in case of No Show, the amount paid will not be refunded

The package was designed by STRAY DOGS SCHOOL in collaboration with MODENATUR.

before proceeding with the booking, we recommend that you contact Stray Dogs School for technical information
the guide Alice: +39 366 224 6154
or tel: +39 3515315915

Modenatur: Via Scudari 10, 41121 Modena
Tel: 0039 059220022