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Route 16

Sentiero 16, da Vassena alla dorsale Brunate Bellagio.
Sentiero 16, da Vassena alla dorsale Brunate Bellagio.

Vassena - Civenna - piano Rancio - Alpe Spezzola
Elevation gain: 1150 m - Total time: 3h 40 min - Difficulty: E = medium difficulty hike.
The route may be slippery. Use suitable footwear. Vassena is a hamlet in the municipality of Oliveto Lario, which you can reach by bus on the Lecco-Bellagio route or by boat from Lecco to Bellagio.

From the church square (the little port is worth a look), keep right and walk along via Roma, cross the provincial road, take via Carcano opposite and then go right. The uphill begins after a small children’s play area (follow the arrows for “Civenna” and not “Civenna 2”).

The road turns left, then right and at the end of the asphalt and a short stretch in cement continues as a mule track. You can see from how it is made that is was once an important road. Cross a wooded area to reach a carriage road in the Palembri area of Civenna. Go uphill to the right and veer left at a fork. When you cross the Bellagio - Magreglio (Ghisallo) provincial road, go through the village (600 m above sea level - 1 hour 30 min) on a road that becomes a mule track.

Once you leave the hamlet and reach the aqueduct, turn right and continue uphill to the Giacinta farmstead. Continue to the right on the flat and turn left at the first trail leading uphill. When you reach the Piano Rancio plain (990 m above sea level - 2 hours 40 min), take the level road to the left of the Stella Alpina restaurant and continue to the end until you reach the trail uphill to the Anna Maria Refuge.

Keep right and go up the meadow towards the left before the refuge, next to a fence. Turn left on the flat into the wood until you come to an old ski lift, ascend, enter the woods, pass the little valley and ascend the right hand side of the small stream. The trail continues with a semi-steep uphill into the wood until it emerges in the meadows on the south-east side of Mount Poncivo. Here it meets Route 2 from S. Primo on the left.

Continue halfway down the mountain, going round the slope on level ground until you come to the unpaved road (Route 1 = the Brunate-Bellagio ridge). Turn left to descend to Alpe Spezzola and then at the Colma di Sormano, turn right to reach the Bocchetta di Terrabiotta , the peak of S. Primo or to descend to the S. Primo Park.

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