Strolling in Macchia Magona
A nature park in the vicinity of the sea
Costa degli Etruschi Tourist Information Office
Point of departure and arrival: Bibbona
Distance: 19 km
Duration: two and a half hours (by mountain bike)
Type of road: dirt
Elevation gain: 370 meters
Difficulty: moderately demanding
Note: The entire route is along dirt roads crossing the heart of the Macchia della Magona, a protected area closed to motorized traffic and a real paradise for walking, cycling or horseback riding. Because of the distance and the type of trail, this route is more indicated for mountain bikers. Those with a certain level of fitness can consider the high alternative route, more demanding for its altitude and uneven ground over part of the trail. In this case the route is 26 km long and the elevation gain is 490 meters. For those who prefer to walk, we recommend the shorter alternative described at the end of the itinerary which presents no technical or orientation difficulties.
The itinerary begins in front of the Bibbona Town Hall, taking the road that leads to the cemetery where the tarmac ends and the dirt road begins, going through open fields towards the wooded area of the Magona. After about 1km the road forks: you go to the left and begin climbing through the scrub to a crossroad. On the left, trail No. 5 begins at a barrier. The dirt road climbs gently, first through cypresses and then through helm oaks and Turkey oaks, becoming steeper on the last stretch to reach the Terminino Pass (281m above sea level).
Here you turn right onto trail No. 10 which continues to climb gradually for 1.7km to Poggio al Fango (340m a.s.l.) and then on to the Campo di Sasso stream valley by two possible alternatives:
1) the normal route (trail No. 12) along a scenic road at altitude for 3m as far as a fork to the right where trail No. 13 begins.
2) the higher alternative which follows trail No. 10 (fork to the left) climbing through a number of scenic points to Campo di Bibbona, where the Fonte del Ciliegio spring is situated. After passing Poggio Il Morticino (visible on the right) you come to the Golazze Aperte Pass (475 a.s.l.) where you leave the road and continue, preferably on foot, along trail No. 16 which starts on your right and after about 200m comes to the most scenic point of the route: the view extends over the entire Macchia della Magona as far as the coast.
Having reached Tre Confini you carry on to the right. For about 1km the trail cannot be ridden because of large rocks and the erosion caused by rainwater, but it can easily be done on foot. After the rough stretch, get back in the saddle as far as the Immaginetta fork where you turn right onto the dirt road of trail No. 12. Riding at altitude for 800m you come to an easy ford, and after 200m, on the left, to trail No. 13. The first short stretch of the trail (400m) cannot be ridden but it then turns into a lovely, easy dirt road bordered by a double line of cypress trees that descends alongside the Botro Campo di Sasso. The road continues downhill past Poggio Cornetto to the bridge over the Strinati stream and then climbs up again to a fork where you turn left for Bibbona.
Alternative short route (9km and 120m difference in elevation): Follow the same itinerary as far as the trail No. 1 barrier (2.6km). Here your turn right onto No. 6 and after 300 meters carry on for 2.3km along trail No. 9 as far as Casetta at Campo di Sasso. The road carries on downhill past Poggio Cornetto as far as the bridge over the Botro degli Strinati stream and then climbs up again to the fork where you turn left for Bibbona.