Tale of a beautiful hike in the area of the Apuan Alps, made a Sunday in late August on the Monte Croce in the province of Lucca.
Trail Monte Croce from Matanna
In the company of my wife and friends we have reached the ‘Hotel Matanna, on the slopes of the mountain, a little lower than the peak. You get very well with the car up to here, with ample parking available for letting. Shod boots leave for the path along a stretch of the hotel and then turning right into the woods after about 15 minutes.
The path goes down a lot in a ravine and then up to the mouth of Porchette located between Mount Nona and the Cross. From here we can admire a beautiful landscape that opens to the sea in a ‘wide valley, while the other side we see the top of the Cross where we arrive.
The shape of the upstream Cross is similar to a huge human back inclined ending to our left with a nearly vertical wall. We continue our journey and we take a little further on a path that enters a narrow gorge between the rocks where a short section we find an iron handrail where steady himself.
A few more steps and are still climbing the path to the summit that goes straight to the top of the mountain cross in a slow and relentless climb. At each step, the landscape becomes more beautiful and encourages us to move forward, despite the challenging elevation gain. We arrive on top of the iron cross after a total of about 2 hours.
From here the show is great, because it makes us wander with a 360 ° view around us. We see the group of Pania della Croce and Secca with amidst the characteristic dead man, a ridge between the two panie called this way because of the similarity with the face of a sleeping man, in the same direction you can see Mount Drilled, to our left the Procinto, the Ninth and Matanna, up to catch a glimpse, to the east, Mount Giovo and Rondinaio.
We admire a little ‘everything and then we are going to eat something before taking the road back. We are all very pleased with this trip and recommend it to all fans of the mountains to the great perspective that represents the Monte Croce.