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Via Vandelli trek: Sassuolo - La Santona

Emilia Romagna's Paths

Spend a weekend immersed in nature and walk with a certified Stray Dogs guide a stretch of Via Vandelli, the ancient commercial and military road strongly desired by Duke Francesco III d'Este, built in the mid-18th century to connect Modena, the capital of the Duchy Estense, and Massa. Along the Via Vandelli, which takes its name from its creator and builder the abbot engineer, geographer and mathematician of the court Domenico Vandelli, you can go back to the time of the Este Duchy and enjoy breathtaking views along the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and the Alps Apuan.
We will start from the beautiful Ducal Palace of Sassuolo to get to la Santona.

DATES: from 7 to 9 May

from 8 to 10 October


length: 22 km
level: medium / easy
difference in height: 935 mt
difference in height downhill: 270 mt

9.00 am meeting with the guide in Piazzale della Rosa, Sassuolo (MO), presentation and briefing of the trip
9: 15/30 departure
packed lunch to be paid by the participants

arrival in Serramazzoni, accommodation in the structure and typical dinner at B&B Serra Pineta.
Points of interest: Palazzo Ducale di Sassuolo, Peschiera, Parco Ducale, Varana Sassi ophiolithic outcrop and Boschi di Faeto.

2nd day Saturday: SERRAMAZZONI - PAVULLO

length: 21 km
level: easy
height difference uphill: 385 mt
altitude difference downhill: 395 mt

breakfast in the structure, in the center of Serramazzoni possibility to buy a packed lunch
9.30 am departure of the second stage, short and easy towards Pavullo

Arrival in Pavullo, accommodation at Hotel Corsini *** with typical dinner.

Points of interest: Palazzo Ducale Estense di Pavullo, ducal garden, introduction to Raimondo Montecuccoli, Montecuccolo Castle and Woods

3rd day, Sunday: PAVULLO - LA SANTONA
length: 25km
medium level
difference in height: 975 mt
altitude difference downhill: 490 mt

8:30 am start of the third stage, the climb towards the Apennines begins. We will meet the great monolithic arch of the devil's bridge, the surrounding environment changes, we are in the frignano and in the cool shade of the beech forests that characterize it.
Arrival at Santona and return by bus to Sassuolo

Route details

Total KM of the stages: 60/68 km

difficulty: easy ++, a minimum of habituation to movement is required, and experiences of excursions on mixed terrain and paths with medium height differences and physical preparation
Price per person: € 299.00
Included in the package:

AIGAE environmental hiking guide certified for the entire trip;
overnight stay in a double or single room;
it may be necessary to share the room with other participants;
dinner and breakfast;
third day return shuttle to Sassuolo;
Accident insurance is NOT included in the package. However, it is possible to take out AIGAE insurance of € 1.00 per day per person up to one day before departure, by writing directly to:

The insurance in case of last minute cancellation due to illness, including Covid 19, is NOT included in the package but can be stipulated separately by contacting Modenatur at: 059220022 or
It is important to communicate the presence of Fido once the reservation is made
CANCELLATION POLICY: Free cancellation up to 7 days before the tour, for cancellations after this date 50% of the total amount will be retained, in case of No Show, the amount paid will not be refunded

The package was designed by STRAY DOGS SCHOOL in collaboration with MODENATUR.

before proceeding with the booking, we recommend that you contact Stray Dogs School for technical information
the guide Alice: +39 366 224 6154
or tel: +39 3515315915

Modenatur: Via Scudari 10, 41121 Modena
Tel: 0039 059220022

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