Hikes from Colle Marcione (Marcione Hill)

Colle Marcione, altitude 1.227 meters above sea level, a few kilometers above the village of Civita, where is located the refuge of the same name, is the easiest access to the eastern Pollino. It is a fantastic panoramic vantage point from which you can see Dolcedorme Serra, Serra Ciavole and Serra di Crispo to the west, Timpa San Lorenzo to the north, Monte Sparviere to the east and Mount Sellar to the southeast. From this point start many paths to the "Piano di Ratto" and to the summit of Monte Manfriana (1,981 meters above sea level). Past "Timpa del Principe" to continue on the way to the top of "Serra Dolcedorme". This route is called "Cresta dell'Infinito" and for its difficulty and long duration it is recommended only for experienced hikers. The challenge is not so much because of the small differences in altitude, on the path "Piano di Ratto", which leads to a natural source "Fontana del Principe", where you can stop under the mighty beech forest of Fagosa. The way becomes more difficult if one decides to follow it to the "Sorgenti del Vascello" in order to arrive at the "Piano di Acquafredda". It is a huge dolina of glacial origin, where you can admire the "alberi serpente". These are large beeches whose stems have bent under the weight of snow in winter and now look like real snakes. Above this scenario is the "Passo delle Ciavole" between the "Serra Dolcedorme" and "Serra Ciavole". From here you can reach the "Piani di Pollino", which we have dedicated the most space in the category "Trekking a Piano Ruggio e Colle dell'Impiso" (trekking to Piano Ruggio and Colle dell'Impiso). 

Following the road leading from Civita to Colle Marcione by car, just before reaching the Timpa di Falconara (in the municipality of Terranova del Pollino), you will cross the forest road leading to the ancient Casino Toscano (1,659 m above sea level ), at the foot of the Serra delle Ciavole. This route, one of the park's classics, leads to another important entrance to the "Piani di Pollino", the "Grande Porta del Pollino" (between Serra di Crispo and Serra delle Ciavole), where the remains of the famous "Zi Peppe", the pine, which has been selected as the logo of Pollino Park, can still be seen. This was fired in 1993 by some vandals.

Timpa of Porace (1.423 m. asl.) and Timpa of Cassano (1.311 m. asl.)

Looking northeast from Colle Marcione, you will find the imposing part of the Timpa di Porace (1,423 meters above sea level), the summit of which can be reached via an "airway" with visible passages and narrow, rocky terraces. These point directly to the summit and can be climbed in alpine style on the vertical walls of the Timpa (see also the section of climbing). From the top, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Raganello River, before the water in the narrow gorge is swallowed up at the meeting between Timpa di San Lorenzo and Timpa di Cassano. These two form a narrow neck, it is the high section of the Raganello gorge, also called "Gole di Barile", to which we pay more attention on the pages of canyoning.

The Timpa di Cassano (1,311 meters above sea level), which is behind the one of Porace, can be reached by following the downhill path that runs east along the base. When you reach the saddle between the two timpas, you go uphill towards the path. Cross the plain to the northern slopes of the ridges on our summit. To reach the summit, climb up the "Gardoni di Rock Gino" on the crest of the Timpas, then climb up in a southerly direction. Also on the Timpa di Cassano numerous climbing routes were opened with several trains. About this we report in the section of climbing.  

Belvedere of Santa Venere and Timpa of Demanio (855 m. asl.)

It is among the most scenic routes of the Pollino Park, with its wide views of the Raganello Gorges, the Timpe and the village of Civita. It can be reached along the Shcosa (road connecting San Lorenzo Bellizzi and the plain) and intercepting the dirt path that plunges into the holm oak forest of Santa Venere. After a few hundred meters you reach the Belvedere di Santa Venere, a terrace overlooking the high rock walls that overlook the canyon of Raganello. The path proceeds in a southerly direction, aiming at the top of the Timpa del Demanio, located exactly above the famous Devil's Bridge. The trail follows the mountain ridge, traveling in parallel to the more technical route of the Via delle Capre (which crosses the wall about 70 meters down from the ridge). Among woods of oaks and junipers and terraces overlooking the Gorges, it will not be difficult to spot the immense griffins circling these mountains. Not infrequently we see the bianconi performing in the "holy sprito" or the peregrine falcons aiming at their prey. Recently, specimens of Egyptian vultures have also been sighted. It is therefore the ideal route for birdwatchers. Once you reach the top of the Timpa del Demanio, after passing through some really aerial and overhanging passages, a magnificent panorama opens up on the Ionian coast and on Mount Sellaro. After a well-deserved relaxation, take the return road, along a dirt road that leads back to the Shcosa, but a kilometer further downstream from the entrance to the path that leads to the Belvedere.

Difficulty: E (low/medium)    -    Lenght: 4 km    -    Diference in level: 100 m    -    Duration: 2 h 

Monte Manfriana (1.981 m. asl.)

After the 5 peaks over 2,000 meters, it is the highest mountain in the Pollino massif. Due to the considerable difference in altitude (about 700 meters) it is one of the most demanding routes in the southeastern area of the park. The trail starts at the mountain lodge of the same name and crosses the beech forest known as Fagosa until it leaves behind the "Cresta dell'Infinto". Then you reach the summit of Manfriana (1,981 m). The finds of objects of the megaliths (probably of religious origin) found just below the summit indicate that this place must have been heavily frequented in ancient times. Newer traces of human hands is the old cable car, which was used in the early 1900s to transport the wood downstream. The top of the Manfriana can also be reached from the south side starting from the village "arbershe di Frascineto". (Foto S. Emmanuele)

Difficulty: EE (high)    -    Lenght: 14 km    -    Difference in level: 800 m    -    Duration: 6 ore 

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: hiking boots (sturdy shoes), rucksack (backpack), hat and anorak. Depending on the season and weather conditions, it is advisable to carry a thermal jacket, fleece and quilt. The trekking poles are provided by the guides.

Where to stay ?

...in "La Casa dell'Escursionista", in Cerchiara di Calabria above the club. This is a comfortable accommodation managed by our guides and designed for mountaineers, fitted with a relax-area with a climbing wall, hiking guides and maps of the park.