Development km 15,7 | Time 7.5' hours
Interests | Archaeological (Sassoforte Castle) | Geological (Outcrop of Rhyolite in Sassoforte) | Botanical (Beech trees in Monte Alto and
Sassoforte - Yew trees in Monte Alto and along the Seguentina Torrent)
If it is covered throughout its length, this route can be difficult. It runs through paths, woods, and it is
practicable in every season. Water can be fetched along the route.
We leave the hamlet of Piloni walking towards the old kaolin quarries and then through a abandoned cestnut wood which was once the solely sustain of the local economy. We arrive to Monte Alto (797 metres above the sea level), the highest mount of Roccastrada district. Atop we can notice a small tower built to sight fires. Between the northern and the southern side of Monte Alto there is sharp change in vegetation: chestnut and beech trees give way to turkey oak trees. We walk on to find a spring called "La Polla", towered by enormous beech trees, summer stopover for those who want to have a rest and drink its fresh water. The Seguentina torrent has its source here. Along these steep slopes, thanks to the peculiar climate of this narrow valley, grow a colony of yew trees. On the map there is an optional route that follows
the torrent, we then see a ditch on the right and in the middle of an open space, a beautiful yew majestically stands. To go back to the itinerary, we go up the ditch, and then we turn left when we get to the road.
Walking to the right we pass "Poggio ai Tuoni" and under a high voltage trellis. We walk through a wood of chestnut trees as far as a carriage way and from there to a gravel stone road, which is a short cut to Sassofortino (2 km). However, if we follow the trail, we get to the Bardellone torrent and then to the "Pozzo alle Pecore" pond: we are on the itinerary no 5, Regoni - Sassofortino.