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Trekking TraversaMarche Third stage
Description
Hiking

THIRD STAGE

from Serra San Quirico to Cupramontana

Panorama
verso Cupramontana

With its third stage, the TraversaMarche tour enters the Vallesina, and the predominant mountain landscape changes, from mountain to hilly.

You start from Serra San Quirico, walk for a stretch in the valley, on narrow streets, then you go up the hill, on the hydrographic right of the valley of the Esinante stream, go back down into the valley and finally climb up the opposite side, up to Cupramontana, the point of arrival.


Route

You descend from the historic center of Serra San Quirico, possibly passing through the Copertelle:

Serra San Quirico
scendendo per le Copertelle

Serra San Quirico
uscendo dalle Copertelle

Shortly after the arch that marks their exit, you turn sharply to the right, then cross another arch,

Serra San Quirico
uscendo dal centro storico

and after a few tens of meters turn sharply to the left, taking Via Fratelli Rosselli downhill, to continue straight ahead at the next intersection, taking a small road with no exit:

Bivio sx
e incrocio dritti

Serra San Quirico
scendendo verso la stazione

You continue downhill, partly along the SP 14, partly via shortcuts closed to traffic, such as Via Filzi:

Bivio dx

A last small road that deviates to the right from the provincial road

Bivio dx

leads to the Railway Station:

Serra San Quirico stazione FS

You head north-east along Via Clementina,

Serra San Quirico
verso il passaggio a livello

and shortly after you cross the railway crossing on the right:

Bivio dx e passaggio a livello

So you walk along Via Fratelli Bandiera, passing the last houses and a couple of sheds, going straight at a fork,

Bivio dritti

going beyond the State Road 76 thanks to a providential underpass:

Bivio sx e sottopasso

Then you turn left and you find yourself walking in the open countryside:

In cammino
verso Bruscara

After about 400 m you come across Strada Contrada Serralta, where you turn left:

Bivio sx

You continue for just over one and half km along a canal,

In cammino
verso Bruscara

until you reach the village of Bruscara:

Bruscara

At the end of the straight, you turn right into Via Cesare Pavese:

Bruscara e bivio dx

If you want to visit the Abbey of Sant'Elena, you turn left right away, and in about 800 m you reach it. Otherwise, you follow the road.

On the left you can see Rosora:

Vista su Rosora
dalla strada verso Sasso

Proceed along the road, which continues into the countryside with a few turns:

In cammino
verso Sasso

In cammino
verso Sasso

A small road bordered by a row of cypress trees branches off to the right;

Bivio dx

you take it and follow it, passing the cemetery:

In cammino
verso Sasso

Looking back, beyond the surrounding countryside, the shape of Monte Murano can still be seen in the distance:

Colline e Monte Murano
dalla strada verso Sasso

When the small road re-joins the main road, you continue to the right, quickly reaching the town of Sasso:

Sasso
e sx poi dx

You go past the square,

Sasso
chiesa e piazza

following the main road with a short "S", then continue on the left about 200 m after:

Bivio sx

You continue without turning off the road, and before reaching the village of Castellaro, you take a small road on the left, for Località Fontegeloni:

Bivio sx

You proceed downhill, now on dirt:

In cammino
verso Cupramontana

At a farmhouse, the road bends to the left:

Casali e sx

You go on,

In cammino
verso Cupramontana

passing a couple of houses:

In cammino
verso Cupramontana

In cammino
verso Cupramontana

You reach and cross the bridge over the Esinante river,

Ponte

go around the Famar plant and cross and cross the Privince Road 9, taking Via Eremo della Romita:

Attraversamento

Shortly after, at a crossroads, you have the opportunity to turn left, to head towards the Eremo dei Frati Bianchi:

Bivio dx

Otherwise, continue along the road, which leads to Cupramontana, with a varied slope, sometimes rather steep:

In cammino
verso Cupramontana

In cammino
verso Cupramontana

In cammino
verso Cupramontana

You reach the outskirts of the village,

In cammino
alle porte di Cupramontana

reach and follow Viale Marche for a good stretch,

Bivio dx

Bivio dritti
e ancora dritti

Bivio sx

to then penetrate towards the core of the historic center, until you reach the Palazzo del Comune:

Cupramontana
Palazzo del Comune

By crossing its portal

Cupramontana
Portale del Palazzo Comunale

you have access to the central Piazza IV Novembre:

Cupramontana
Piazza IV Novembre

Here is the B&B Il Baco.

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