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Stage 6° bis Verna - Caprese Michelangelo

Coming out of the refuge, pass along via Fusaro and take the path n. 44 of CAI. 600 m after the stadium enter the asphalt road: turn left going up and, at the first sharp bend, take the narrow alley with cobbled surface on the right, which becomes dirt. At the end of the hamlet and, after 700 m, reach the road again. Turn left and, after 200 m, take the path n. 50 of CAI on the right again, which climbs quickly. After a 10-minute walk, take the right part, go up following the path n. 36 of CAI, then leave it to take the n. 39 to Croce del Varco; so it joins the path 50. Pass Croce Malcima and, after 2 hrs 30 mins from the departure, arrive at the hermitage of Casella (alt. 1263 m): “The Top of the Cammino” from where Francis, in his last trip back to Assisi (1224), looking up, greeted La Verna, pronouncing these moving words: “Farewell Mount of God, Farewell Mount Alvernia”.

(*)  Pilgrims, coming down from La Verna, take the old mule-track. The path to Chiusi starts 200 m after the bird chapel, on the left. You pass through a recreational area with benches and swings; then, on the road, turn left. At the cross turn right to Caprese Michelangelo and, after 600 m, pass the “Campari” fountain on the sharp bend, take the small alley on the left.
After a deserved stop, take the ridge path, leave it after 15 mins when you enter the path n. 20 of CAI to Caprese on the left. Now the path goes down: pass through Fragaiolo, where the road becomes asphalt, and, after 2 km, arrive in Lama. At the junction turn right, go up for 1,7 km and arrive at the intersection of Caprese. Turn right, cross the village and, after about 1 km, reach the refuge (on the left) next to the Hotel School.

Walking time: 6 hrs – 7 hrs.

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