TREKKING VALSASSINA: FROM PIANI DI NAVA TO RIVA SHELTER AND SAN CALIMERO
Right yesterday we opened the month of August with an easy trekking suitable also for children and a great lunch in a shelter later: the classical Sundays I love, in the middle of the nature, without technology and with the great desire to be together with my family and my daughter. This trip was so beautiful, that I want to propose it also to you.
We left from Lecco to reach Baiedo (Pasturo – Valsassina) in about half an hour car: here you can leave your car in the free car park in Piazza don Carlo Gnocchi, where you also find an information panel explaining the different paths you can take from that point. If you arrive late (after 10.00) you’ll have to drive around trying to find a place to leave your car.
From the car park you take the uphill road towards the restaurant “Ristorante Pizzeria Faggio Rosso”, you walk for few steps through the houses of the village and follow “Piani di Nava”.
The path is suitable also for children beacuse it doesn’t present any difficulties and, except for brief stretches, is very well sheltered: that makes it super for a summer trip. Nevertheless it’s rather steep and there aren’t flat stretches during the whole 40 minutes walk (a hour if you walk with calm). No strollers.
⇒Along the path from Baiedo to Piani di Nava, there’s a farm “azienda agricola “Il Fiore”: mountain officinal erbs, from organic and biodynamic agriculture. You find it on Facebook.⇐.
At the end of this uphill path you reach the marvellous Piani di Nava: from here the path becomes flat and nature gives its very best. An endless, bright and amazing green area: there aren’t uncultivated meadows, but real perfect masterpieces where mankind hasn’t destroyed nature this time, but on the contrary it has cured it! There’s no tuft of grass forgotten during the grass cutting, all is precise and so tidy that seems unreal.
NB: between Baiedo and Piani di Nava you can go out of your way to “Sassi Rossi” and “Rocca”; The path becomes obviously longer, but I can’t tell you more than this because we continued directly to Piani di Nava.
However, to make nicer this bucolic landscape, there are several chalet, also of a rigorous and impeccable beauty. Only the sight of this nature at its maximum point of expression made us feel good, regenerating our eyes and our lungs, and remebering us how great it is when mankind is able to cure its “house” in a wider sense. As you can see from the photos, in this stretch of path there’s no shelter, but we didn’t suffer so much even if it was a hot day of August; moreover you take not too much more to reach the final destination: the Riva shelter.
The Riva sheleter is a very good point to eat after the walk: it’s a restaurant with a great choice of typical food served outside or inside where during the summer the temperature is better. I suggest you to book before going because food is very good and prices not too high, and so always crowded. If you need to stay overnight, the shelter has also some rooms. (see the prices).
The area around it it’s used to lie in sun, to play or to have a picnic: in this case the nice thing is that you can order a salami cutting board and eat your food on the grass.
You can stay in the area of the shelter how much you want, or there are several paths you can take to digest: we went to San Calimero. The path is uphill except for some tablelands; it’s suitable for adults and also for children, but it depends on how much time they are used to walk. Consider that the path to Calimero and return to the shelter takes about two hours total; but don’t forget that they’ve already walked and will walk again to return to the car. For example Giada remained at the shelter with her grandma.
At about half path there’s the first panoramic view.
Once reached the little sanctuary with the red roof, the view over the majestic mountains is really invaluable.
At this point we returned to the shelter and then home, but if you don’t have children with you and you’re used to the trekking, dividing this path into stops, you could continue from San Calimero to reach Pialeral in about an hour through a flat path, to return again in the end to Baiedo in about 1h40 from Pialeral (the path is circular). This option requires the whole day (time 4/5 hours walking according to your training), so you should wake up early and organize it good.
Returning to the car, we admired again Piani di Nava, while the sun went slowly down, and once arrived to Baiedo, we had a quick look to the lttle church of the village.
⇒In Baiedo you can find two B&B (click on the images to visit their site) sulle and some restautants of which I’ll leave you the addresses here below to complete the information, but I didn’t personally tasted them, so I can’t even judge them.
Faggio Rosso (doesn’t have a web site)
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