Charm and mystery in Lunigiana
Between reality and legend, the “middle ground” of Lunigiana tells stories of fascinating mystery in its streets, enchanted woods and ancient villages. On the eve of Halloween, a scary journey to discover the donaneghe, witches and the werewolf of Burcione.
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In one of these stretches takes place our next itinerary, Saturday 27th October, conceived together with the Guides of Pennato and Spezzino Vero, to celebrate Halloween discovering the scary stories of the area
Leaving Aulla and the public road, you will enter one of these tracks that lead from the lively town to an enchanted forest, through an environment completely surrounded by vegetation, a “green tunnel” that seems just a passage to the truest soul of these places, made of uncontaminated and unpredictable nature, which seems to observe us among the fronds with emerald green eyes. The stones around change color and shape gradually and a great silence, sometimes broken by the shrill song of the jays and the green woodpecker's laughter, turns us into an atmosphere that is at the same time peaceful and full of restlessness for what will come.
From a small clearing opens the view of Bibola, high on a hill, and on the Donaneghe stones that have always loomed over the village threatening its quiet life, and pushing the look further, all the Lunigiana, the Apuan Alps and the Apennine chain in their majesty.
With a little shiver, and the feeling of abandoning the known reality, we face the ascent towards the caves of huge, huge boulders, giant ophioliteth stones that, in their form and location, reveal an unnatural and refined disposition. Probably places of worship in prehistoric times, in the story of the older people of Bibola and Vecchietto, these stoned were the caved houses of witches with long dirty nails that kidnapped children, and robbed the farmers and craftsmen of their products at night. However, they were also sometimes good, in fact from their teaching is the recipe for focaccette: a frugal but tasty dish that is often found in local tables.
Witches fought a woeful war with the shamans, who saw these last winners: only the beautiful Lunaria survived, a witch whose great verse eyes perhaps still observe us in the woods.
In Burcione, the impossible love story between a werewolf and a white deer
Along the way you will also find the ruins of the castle of Burcione, surrounded by an obscure legend: it is told that a powerful lord lived here that turned into a werewolf at night, while his spouse turned into a white deer and, to survive, had to hide every night!
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Information on the trail
Departure and arrival: in Aulla at the junction for the town of Bibola (where there is the public fountain Fonti della Camilla, on S.S. della Cisa before the level crossing).
Starting point: all day -> 10.00 am from Aulla (MS) or afternoon -> 12.15 am from Bibola (N.B. rest area on the Via Francigena, Camilla Parking)
Difficulty: E (hikers) Itinerary on marked trails, short stretches on asphalt and dirt roads
Percentage: h.4,30 walking + stops – D +/- mt. 550 – 7 km A / R – Maximum height mt.560
Lunch: packed lunch (not included)
Return: to cars about 18.00
** Only afternoon excursion: h. 2.00 walk + stops – D +/- mt. 250 – 2.5 km A / R
Cost of excursion: all day € 20 – only afternoon € 14
– Suitable for children trained for walking (children 7-12 years)
– Required boots and hiking clothing, anorak, water reserve
– Highly recommended trekking poles
The excursion will take place with a minimum of 10 people
In case of bad weather, the excursion will be postponed
The itinerary may undergo changes, at the sole discretion of the guides, for technical and safety reasons
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