The Tatti forest
The start of the route can be reached by a stretch of easy and clean dirt road that starts from the SP27 road going towards Ponsano.
Tatti is one of the most important and best-preserved forests in Italy due to the presence of oak trees (Quercus petraea), which are not very common in the Mediterranean environment.
The forest is the heart and soul of this itinerary: you will enjoy losing yourself in the thousands of shades of green or autumn colours and imagine forestry activities being carried out, perhaps thanks to the immortal words of Carlo Cassola who set his novel “Il taglio del bosco” (the cutting of the woods) here.
The route starts from Dispensa di Tatti, a building used to house woodcutters, charcoal burners and guards, and then enters the valley of Botro delle Pilelle, in a beautiful holm oak wood. After crossing the small but lovely watercourse, where the Apennine frog can often be spotted, the trail leads along an old charcoal-burner’s route up the small valley of Botro Lecci, where numerous centuries-old oaks stand tall and sombrely rule the forest.
After returning to the ridge you wll once again thread along the forest road, in the area known as “Olmastrelli” until you will come across a stone commemorating the place where, in 1944, three large partisan units joined forces in the well-known XXXIII Brigata “Garibaldi” partisan army. After a short stretch along the dirt road, the path will take you back to the Botro valley, crossing a beautiful stretch of forest with turkey oaks, oaks and large holm oaks.