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4. Path landscape, geology, archaeology

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Light blue = easy
Red = medium
Black = hard
Places of interest:
the Medieval archaeological site of Monte Rontana, the park hut with museum of local fauna where you can also eat and sleep the night.

Description:
  • Easy but with a steep ascent.
  • Short stretch of asphalt.
  • Length 3 km.
  • Ascent and descent 148 m.
  • Time about 50 min.

path 4 redThe path starts from the parking lot below the Parco Carnè,  found by  following the signs on the road Via Rontana (3.5 km from the train station). From the car park follow the panoramic road on the badlands to the shelter for about 190 m.
Before the entrance gate, turn left for a steep but beautiful path between pine trees and rocks of gypsum, following the great indication on stones and signage CAI. 511 / a  “Monte Rontana". In this step, the ground may be slippery and does not allow the Nordic Walking technique.
Uphill for about 500 meters through the forest, until you reach a clearing where you can see the cross Rontana. Turn right on a woodland trail marked (250 m downhill) until you reach the forest road that leads to the cross and to the archaeological site of Rontana (possible deviation to the left at 300 m, with free visit to the Medieval village and extensive views over the Lamone valley).
Go down again to the forest, skirting the woods until you reach the asphalt road Via Rontana (400 m). Turn right and continue uphill for 250 m, then downhill for 200 m, until you reach the turning on the right dirt in the direction of the park hut. Go down for about 550 m on an easy gravel path to the Refuge where you can visit a small but valuable natural history museum and have refreshments (both foods and drinks). To close the loop, turn right along the dirt road dotted with sculptures in plaster and botanical descriptions, until reaching again the parking lot after about 700 m.
Possible options, overnight and water supply at the Refuge where you can also get free use of Nordic Walking sticks. For reservations and information T. +390546 81468. To connect the itinerary 2 with 4 you must cross a flat stretch of connection, of about 1.5 km in total, pointed in the direction Parco Carnè. From the clearing at the highest point reached by route 2 , turn left and follow the connection signs for 950 m until you reach the beautiful stone house on the asphalt road (Casa Liverzani).
Go right uphill on the asphalt for 250 meters following the signs to the Parco Carnè. At a zigzag turn right in the direction of the park for about another 300 m to the parking lot from which begins and ends the fourth route (1.5 km of connection).