|A great rock arch of the type which has made famous the Arch National Park in Utah (USA) and a cylindrical pinnacle which rears up imposingly right next to a sheer cliff - we're not talking fantasy here, but of two splendid mountains in the Apuan Alps: "Monte Forato" and the "Procinto".|
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Completely immersed in a wild and fascinating landscape , but not very far away from areas reachable by car, these mountains offer two truly unique and enthralling itineraries, made all the more interesting by following two splendid "vie ferrate" (routes with fixed steel cables) to reach the summits.
Our route to the top of Monte Procinto introduces us to the splendid scenery surrounding it and to its unmistakeable form which we first admire from below and then, clipping ourselves on to the steel cables with carabiners attached to our harnesses, we scale its vertical walls in safety to arrive at the summit. It isn't very high, but very satisfying all the same.
To reach the majestic arch of Monte Forato, after a long ascent to reach the ridge, we follow the airy crest with the help of the fixed steel cables (via ferrata) , and from which we can enjoy a spectacular view of Monte Procinto, not far away as the crow flies. We reach the great hole in the rock from its most impressive side and descend to the valley by another footpath.
For those who are ready for a bigger undertaking , we can follow the airy vie ferrate within the sight of the spectacular north face of Pizzo Ucello, or along the flank of Monte Sella, two itineraries which allow us to experience environments as inaccessible as they are spectacular.