Fifth day, Friday
Today you are ready to face a climb from real “hikers”, take the chairlift “Abetone / Selletta” (next to the bar La Casina) and after 10 minutes you will arrive at “Rifugio La Selletta” where you can stop before to walk towards the “Monte Gomito / La Croce”.
A breathtaking 360 ° view, where you can see the “Campolino Reserve”, the “Val di Luce”, the “Pietra di Bismantova”, the slopes of the Modenese and Tuscan Apennines, at the highest peak: the “Monte Cimone” “And if you are lucky in the days when the sky is clearer you can also see the sea, yes, just the sea, Tirreno.
Before going back stop under the “Ovovia” plant a very sweet scent of camomile will inebriate you, with hundreds of seedlings scattered here and there.
The way back home now is all downhill, but on the way, be quiet, on the stony Mount Gomito, on your right, you can hear “whistling” the marmots and if you have a pair of binoculars you can also see them
The route from the Selletta refuge to Monte Gomito / Croce takes about three hours and the way is uphill!
Do you like flowers and the mountain flora in general? This afternoon you go to the “Botanical Garden”: A few kilometers from the Abetone Pass, the direction is the same you have taken to go to the Faggeta di Pianello di Novello, from the fork for Pian di Novello after about one km. half you will find a fork, on the right and still after a km. You will arrive at the Botanical Garden.
Here you can observe the dozens of plants typical of our mountains and an expert will be available for any information.
To the right of the Botanical Garden flows the stream Sestaione, rich mainly of trout, of the Fario species, dip your hands and you will feel how cold its waters are.