San Pelegrino in Alpe s(u)
This point is a short distance above Passo di Radici. But
traversing this summit point is a much different experience.
Only from here do you get a monumental view of the Alpi Apuani
(which are not part of the alps, or geologically speaking of the
Apennin mountains for that matter). From the vantage point of
this summit they actually seem not that high but still very
The other outstanding memory I got from crossing this summit, is
the unusually steep direct approach from Castelnuovo, guaranteed
to wear out break pads on a loaded touring bike downhill, or
make you push uphill. I did the first, and met a brave mother
and daughter team from Boston, trying to get their fully loaded
mechanical donkeys to the town San Pelegrino before it got dark.
The mother was leading the race by a few hundred meters, as I
passed with screeching brakes in the other direction. Even
walking, this is a substantial workout, just a different kind of
workout. Apparently the names "Passo di Lagadello" and
"Passo de Pradaccio" are also used for the summit by
There is also a Passo San Pelegrino in the alps. Both are named
after the same person who is said to have died in this village.
He is not a saint according to the catholic church. But some
localities don't seem to be bothered by this.
START-END EAST ALT: low point on Via Vaglio below
3.(790m,12.0km) START-END EAST: Pievepelago
4.(1510m,28.4km) route turns left on Passo delle
5.(1600m,27.8km) TOP: San Pelegrino s(u)
6.(1510m,29.6km) San Pelegrino
7.(383m,43.2km) START-END WEST: Castelnuovo Di
Garfagnana; profile turns left
8.(105m,105.0km) START-END WEST ALT: Borgo a Mozzano
From East. There are three different ways
to get to the top of Passo delle Radici. I profiled the one I
took, It's a pleasant curving road, backgrounded by gentle but
ever higher Apennin mountains, still with veins of snow in late
May. At the top of Radici is an Albergo, a few ski lift
artifacts that may still work, but seem quaint and pleasant in
today's world of industrial quadchair skier mass transportation.
A narrow straight road climbs noticeable steeper along a sheer
curtain of trees, behind which the high snowy mountains approach
eye level ever more. Then the road suddenly turns east, and
shortly after that presents a stunning panorama of a steeply
falling landscape, with one more wall between here and the sea,
the Apuani Alps.
(described downwards) The quickly descending road quickly
reaches a favorite scenic spot. This is a place, where one can
observe otherwise quite conservative looking people take "selfies",
using the cameras on full sized laptop tablet computers with the
scenery in the background. If it makes you do that, it has to be
unusual. But this spot is better in early morning light.
Leaving the scenic ridge behind, the road quickly touches an
entry spot into the town. But from the road there are no points
from where this town is easily visible, at least I did not see
any. But at the summit, tourists congregated on a low ridge next
to the road to the north. My guess is they were there for a
reason. As for my own situation, time was getting very short to
complete the loop in daylight. So I didn't check it out.
This descent is amazingly steep. Regular sets of ramps switch
off with longer ridgeline traverses. There are fine views of the
Apuani Alps, but they are better in morning light and look like
a paper cutout in my case. Also, looking back San Pelegrino is
hard to find. The mountain road descend ends in Castelnuovo de
Garfagagno, which may make up for having missed the details of
San Pelegrino. The profile continues down valley along the
Serchio River to Borgo in Garfagagna on the west side of the
river. This is a busy road with a good shoulder, a sort of
commute to get home from the good part of the ride. The upper
part of the road on the east side of the river seems to be
closed to bicycles.
The descend really ends at point 7. I included the ride down the
valley on the west side of the river Serchio. The other side has
less traffic, but is longer and more hilly.
A dayride with this point as intermediate summit is
on page: Foce a Giovo
History: After dragging a bicycle up or down these
steep switchbacks on the direct approach, you would never guess
that the route is part of an old historic road, the Via Vandelli,
which was built in the 18th century bettween Modena and Massa-Carrad
on the coast. But builder Domenico Vandelli chose to make the
road very steep (yes he did!), and the usability suffered
because of that. The biggest crossing of the Via Vandelli is a
hiking route today, Passo Tambura in the Alpi Apuani