6.26.2017

Mountain - Hiking Itineraries: A wild bath in the Grotte Urlanti in Premilcuore

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On the crest

It's very hot in Florence in this period and I'm feeling lazy. To force myself to do something I booked a trekking with Andare a zonzo, a group I'm following on fb but I had never tried before.
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Sunday's event looked good, especially because of the final bath in a natural pool, the Grotte Urlanti (Screamining grotto), by Premicuore.  In add the meeting point was close to my home and I just walked there as I had been told I could get a lift. 
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And that's how I met Elena., my driver for the day. The group was large, fit and friendly and the guide, Roberto, a great guy. The mood was very positive.
The start point of the trekking was in Premilcuore, a small village in the Appennino mountains where Toscana becomes Romagna. The road from Florence to Premilcuore is uphill and very curvy, but Elena is a good driver and we were so busy chattering that we didn't suffer too much.
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A narrow path!
From Premilcuore (m.459) a very steep path in the forest leads to Monte della Fratta (m.1165), a windy bare crest with a stunning view where we had lunch.
We followed the crest to the cross way and started a long descent in the forest to the stream and the natural pool. We were frankly exhausted when we reached the Grotte Urlanti, and very happy to take a bath in its cold water.
From there to Premilcuore it takes about 40' on a flat easy track and after this long demanding day we stopped by a café for a well deserved spritz and piadina!

Time: 7 hours
Elevation: 706 m
Where: Casentino, Romagna, Italy
Image may contain: mountain, sky, cloud, outdoor and natureStart and finish: Premilcuoreì (Forlì-Cesena) (459 m)
Summit: Monte della Fratta (1.165 m)
Signals: CAI (red and white) 313 and 315

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Here somebody needed a rope...

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A stunning view

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The natural pool
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Le grotte urlanti!

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