Sentiero Attrezzato "Franco Galli"
This itinerary leads to the summit of Corno Battisti 1761 m
, formerly Corno di Vallarsa, and subsequently, as a completion goal, to the summit of Monte Spil
1703 m, both belonging to the Pasubio Group
in the area of the Prealpi Vicentine
. Notwithstanding its imposing and impressive rocky feature when viewed from Vallarsa, Corno Battisti hasn't a particular mountaineering importance, however it's historical importance is great. In the described ascent, a ring route of about 10 km, the Corno Battisti and the neighboring Monte Spil
are climbed following the partially equipped Path "Franco Galli
", starting from Tezze
, a hamlet of Valmorbia
in Vallarsa, a green valley entirely situated in the Trentino territory,
Close-up of a chamois along the route
Nearing the walls>
In the upper part the route runs through the tunnels excavated by the italian soldiers under the mountain summit during the First World War. It's a fine round trip, combining the beauty of the places, especially in Autumn, with the strong historical interest for one of the symbol of the Pasubio War. The Corno Battisti is an example of a fortified mountain with a series of staircases and tunnels incredibly excavated in the rock by the Italian alpine troops. In the last galleries it is essential to have a front lamp, moreover the trail has some equipped traits for which we recommend the use of harness and helmet.
Exciting war tunnel on Sentiero Franco Galli
On the ridge towards Passo del Menderle
First fixed ropes
The starting point to the "Corno Battisti-Monte Spil" crossing is the village of Valmorbia in Vallarsa, Trento province.
Road access to Valmorbia
From A22 Autobrennero Motoway exit Rovereto
(201 m) and take the SS46 driving along the scenic road of Vallarsa; after San Colombano, where it's situated an ancient hermitage, the road is running across some small hamlets, getting Valmorbia
649 m, a little village celebrated by the famous poet Eugenio Montale, who fought on Corno Battisti. In Valmorbia leave the main road and turn to left, reaching the small hamlet of Tezze
. Continue about 500 meters after Tezze and leave your car in a small parking lot just before the access ban.
Cappello di Pulcinella seen from the first tunnel
Sentiero Franco Galli, exit from the tunnel
Route DescriptionSentiero Attrezzato "Franco Galli" from Tezze
Summit quote: 1761 m
Difference in level: 1000 m
Starting point: Tezze m 723
An advisable round trip, combining the natural beauties with the strong historical interest for a mountain symbol of the Pasubio War.
From the parking lot continue along the forest road, reaching at about 780 meters of altitude an obvious junction, where we ignore on the left the path n. 123 to Monte Spil, which we choose to follow during the way back. Thus we continue to the right on the path n. 122, rising steeply and directly into the thick woods of the Val di Grobe, reaching Malga Trappola 1316 m
and then the namesake saddle at 1405 m. Here our path joins the path 122b rising from Anghebeni and the thick forest opens, allowing to take a look over the surrounding peaks. From Sella Trappola
the path heads to the left and opposes some more demanding stretch, two of which are equipped with a fixed iron rope. Along the path we notice the works done during the Great War (tunnels and trenches) and soon we reach an unpredictable crossroads which on the left indicates the Cappello di Pulcinella (Pulcinella Hat),
a panoramic balcony that can be reached with a short digression. Return to the crossroads and take the right path getting the basal wall of Corno Battisti.
The forest trail
Remains of WWI
Pozzo della Carrucola
Signpost at the exit of Pozzo della Carrucola
Exit of Pozzo della Carrucola
The itinerary follows now a series of stairs with rock steps and tunnels, alternate with stretches on grass and gravel, then it reaches the entrance to the big gallery named "Bocca del Leone"
, one of the most important fortifications in the area. The tunnel enters the bow of the mountain with a staircase of about 100 steps, illuminated by some small cracks, at the end of which it comes out on a terrace where we can see the great WWI frieze remembering the 33rd and the 160th Miners Companies who performed the work. Now it begins another gallery, similar but shorter than the previous one, leading to a fork, where there are two possibilities: to the right the dark tunnel climbs steeply inside the mountain (necessary a front light), while to the left the path exits outdoors. If we continue straight on, we follow the steep path equipped with a fixed rope inside the tunnel, reaching a next junction with the indication to the equipped staircase of Pozzo della Carrucola
. We descend the metal stairs of the famous and a bit awesome Pozzo della Carrucola, well equipped with a fixed rope, and then we leave the system of the galleries, exiting outdoor. A path heading to the right leads to the summit ridge. Once on the summit ridge take to the right the path to the top of Corno Battisti.
Corno Battisti summit crest
Corno Battisti summit benchmark
WWI memorial on Selletta Battisti
From the summit of Corno Battisti descend back along the crest and continue in the direction of the Selletta Battisti
1740 m, where it's placed a plaque in memory of an Italian officer dead during the battle for the conquest of Monte Corno and two stone logs in memory of the capture of Cesare Battisti and Fabio Filzi, happened on the Corno, later dedicated in memory of the patriot and martyr Cesare Battisti. From the Selletta Battisti continue to follow the crest on the path 119b, almost flat, leading to the Passo Menderle 1679 m
, where it starts the trail 123 descending to Tezze and allowing to complete the ring itinerary. Before the descent it's possible to reach with a short deviation even the beautiful summit of Monte Spil
. Once returned to the Passo Menderle take the well worn path 123, at first descending steeply on scree terrain beneath the rocky foothills of Mount Spil, then proceeding in the forest and leading to cross the path 122 near the parking lot, which is reached in about 10 minutes.
Alm on Monte Spil
WWI frieze at the start of Bocca del Leone
Corno Battisti seen from Valmorbia
Safety lanyard, harness, some carabiners, helmet, indispensable the front lamp
Red TapePasubio and the whole Prealpi Vicentine are a Natural Reserve
, anyhow there is no particular restriction in climbing and hiking.
When to climb
Best season goes from May to October
Where to stay
The close town of Rovereto offers several possibilities of accomodation, alternatively there are some hotels and B&B in Vallarsa.
Guidebooks and maps“Piccole Dolomiti – Pasubio”
, Gianni Pieropan - Collana Guide dei Monti d’Italia, CAI TCI
External LinksTrentino Grande Guerra