RoutesDepending on your personal preferences and, of course, your climbing skills, there are 3 different ways for you of getting to the top of this multifaceted mountain: hiking (the easy way), scrambling (the hard way) and climbing (the elegant way).
|trailhead, approach||orientation||itinerary||recommended gear||difficulty|
from the north
no specific waymarks
|ascending the north side|
of San Lorenzo from Sant'Anna;
then along the ridge
|no particular difficulties;|
without notable exposure
from the east
|no waymarks or signposting; |
without any recognizable
|ascending from the base |
of San Lorenzo to the ridge;
then always along the
|dependent on the individual |
route, quality and quantity
of handholds may vary considerably;
partly exposed terrain;
scree ramps and thick vegetation
from the west
|vertical rock face,|
no waymarks or similar
|descending from Sant'Anna|
towards the Barile gorge
and the 'Scale di Barile'
|generally around III to IV (UIAA),|
with a few passages up to
VI+ (UIAA), partly equipped (pitons);
mostly of fair quality;
ledges with loose rock and scree
Getting thereThe nearest airports are Naples (about 230km), Bari and Brindisi (also about 220-230km). From Rome and its big international airports it is a considerably long journey of almost 450km. There is limited public transport in this region.
Trains will go as far as Potenza and Matera (Basilicata, FAL) or Scalea or Sibari (Calabria, FS). Buses do operate infrequently between some of the bigger towns and villages, but are rather unreliable. Unless you should have plenty of time at your disposition, you will mostly depend on private transport. The actual mountain roads are largely in bad conditions.
- from Napoli: Take the A3/E45 in direction Reggio Calabria, Salerno. After Castrovillari take the Exit for Frascineto (state road SS263) and follow indications San Lorenzo Bellizzi/Civita.
- from Bari: Take the State Road SS100 (or the highway A14/E843) for Taranto. Turn left (indications for Jonica/Palagiano/Matera/Reggio Calabria) and take the coastal road E90. Exit at Villapiano Scalo (state road SS92) and follow indications for San Lorenzo Bellizzi.
- from Brindisi: Simply take the E90 for Taranto and keep on this road. After Taranto follow the same indications as above (Bari).
Red TapeNote that Timpa di San Lorenzo is an integral part of the Pollino National Park. The same rules and regulations apply as for other national parks in Italy. No entrance fees or permits are required. Unless expressly authorized by the park authority, camping is gnerally not consented within the bounderies of the park.
When to ClimbBest period for scrambling and climbing is perhaps springtime through early summer. But also autumn is a recommendable season, provided that no rain is imminent. Especially the less-steeper east face can become a really vicious place to visit if the weather should deteriorate, or with moisture or condensed liquid (drizzling rain, dew, fog etc.) in general. The slick limestone slabs will turn into dangerous and almost impassable obstacles.
AccomodationThere are several smaller inns and Bed & Breakfasts to be found in the proximity. A great variety can be found at Civita (about 25km), but also directly at San Lorenzo Bellizzi and Cerchiara di Calabria (about 11km). Alternatively also Terranova di Pollino (about 16km) could be taken into consideration, but the approach way from the north is at times practicable only with 4WD.
- http://www.bed-and-breakfast-in-italy.com - a selection of Bed & Breakfasts in the proximity of San Lorenzo Bellizzi
- http://www.elenchi.com - a list of country houses ('Agriturismo') that rent rooms