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Monte Matanna
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Monte Matanna

 
Monte Matanna

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Toscana (Tuscany), Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 43.98589°N / 10.33829°E

Object Title: Monte Matanna

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 4324 ft / 1318 m

 

Page By: Gangolf Haub

Created/Edited: Aug 3, 2010 / Mar 25, 2013

Object ID: 644929

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Overview

 
Monte Matanna
Monte Matanna seen from the south ridge of Monte Nona

The southern sector of the Alpi Apuane, Tuscany's second highest mountain range, differs considerably from the remainder of the mountain range. While the three northern sectors consist of nearly 2000m high limestone and marble summits with almost Dolomite-like character, the southern mountains appear to be much less intimidating. When seen from afar or above, the southern sector appears as a rolling hillcountry with lots of greenery around its summits. Most of the mountains don't even reach the mark of 1000m though you have to admit that even this elevation can be formidable when tackled from a trailhead on the nearby Tyrrhenean Sea.

When seen up close, however, the mountains lose their "tame" appearance. Like the rest of the greater range they are made up from limestone, which during the course of the centuries has been cut away by wind and weather to now form impressive karst formations. Canyons and gorges have been cut into what must have been a high plateau in former times, leaving table-top or tilted summits in their midst. Quite often, caves and towers have been formed and Monte Forato is the best known example for a mountain with a giant rock window.
 
Monte Nona and Monte Matanna
 
 
Monte Matanna
 
 
Monte Matanna
 

Of all these smaller mountains Monte Matanna with its 1318m is the highest one. It stands on a ridge between Satzzema in the west and Fabriche di Vallico in the east. The mountain itself has a steeply sloped face to the south-east and a vertical face to the north-west. Together, with its neighbour Monte Nona it forms a close entity, the summits separated by a slightly pronounced saddle: Callare di Matanna.
 
Monte Croce
 
 
Monte Corchia
 
 
Monte Piglione
 

The shortest ascent to either of the mountains can be done within 30 to 45 minutes. It starts at Rifugio Matanna a rustic agriturismo (farmstead / inn / hotel), immediately to the east of the mountain and about 300m beneath its summit. Still Monte Matanna is rarely climbed which is mostly due to very steep slopes you have to scale. There is no marked trail, only a barely distinguishable path, which in the lower parts of the ascent from Callare di Matanna cuts through thorny brushwork. The upper slopes are more or less devoid of vegetation, if you ignore the multiple flowers which grow in the karst-like crevices between the limestone slabs. With the right timing (which we didn't have), Rifugio Matanna is an excellent lookout mountain, mainly thanks to the view to the Pania della Croce / Uomo Morto / Pania Seca trinity.

Getting There

Pania della Croce, Uomo Morto and Pania Secca
Pania della Croce, Uomo Morto and Pania Secca

There are two possible trailheads, one at Stazzema directly to the north-west of Monte Matanna, the other at Rifugio Matanna to its immediate south-east. From the latter trailhead the climb to the summit of Monte Matanna is a 30 minute affair.

From Pisa or Firenze (Florence) the itineraries are as follows:
  • Stazzema Trailhead:
    • Take motorway A11 to the coast
    • Switch to motorway A12 north
    • At the exit Pietrasanta take SP9 through Seravezza to Stazzema
  • Rifugio Matanna Trailhead
    • Take motorway A11 to Lucca
    • Switch to SS12 in direction Abetone
    • At Borgo a Mozzano switch to SP2
    • After 10km turn left onto SP37 through Fabbriche di Vallico and follow the signs to Matanna

Red Tape

Zerynthia rumina
Zerynthia rumina

The Parco Naturale delle Alpi Apuane was established in 1985 to protect the nature as well as culture of the area within which the Alpi Apuane are located. Its overall size amounts to almos 21000 ha. A constant challenge is the presence of roughly 300 marble quarries which their impact on the environment. A hiker might easily find himself inside one of the quarries and is requested to follow signs and rules there (especially for the start of the western route).

The park's official website

Accommodation

Accommodation is relatively easy to find along the coast of the Tyrrhenean Sea. Viareggio, Massa, Carrara and La Spezia offer lots of hotel rooms as well as campgrounds. Either book them by travel office or go for a google search.

On the other hand, to stay closer or within the range you can make use of Agriturismo, farms, which offer food and lodging. The site of the Natural Park has a selection of all kinds of accommodation of the area:

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Maps & Books

Maps


  • Alpi Apuane - Garfagnana
    Kompass Verlag
    1:50000
    ISBN: 3-85491-852-6
  • Geological Map Parco delle Alpi Apuane
    1:50000
    L. Carmignani, P. Conti, L. Disperati, P.L. Fantozzi, G. Giglia and M. Meccheri

Maps Online



Books


  • Tuscany North / Toskana Nord
    Wolfgang Heitzmann / Renate Gabriel (translation: Gill Round)
    Rother Verlag
    ISBN: 978-3-7633-4812-1 (English)
    ISBN: 978-3-7633-4115-3 (German)
  • Guida al Parco delle Alpi Apuane
    Edited by: Giuliano Valdes
    Series: Guide Felici
    ISBN: 88-88327-91-6
  • Guida all’Alta Via del Parco delle Alpi Apuane
    Angelo Nerli
    Felici Editore Srl
    ISBN: 88-6019-006-1

Images

Zerynthia ruminaMonte MatannaMonte Nona and Monte ProcintoPania della Croce, Uomo Morto and Pania SeccaMonte CroceMonte MatannaMonte Piglione
Monte Nona and Monte MatannaMonte MatannaMonte Corchia