As we left the village we bumped into the French Guys enjoying a smoke and a coffee, so we had a chat before setting off on our day 🙂
The paths were harder to follow today,but much better sunny weather so we arrived in Camaldoli in good time and enjoyed a look round its 16th century pharmacy,where all kinds of herbal lotions and potions were on sale but I resisted from buying any.
We had a choice of coffee shops too, so picked a random one and enjoyed coffee and biscotti before finding our way back onto the GEA,heading for Poggio Scali which promised a panoramic view and would be a change from all these trees!
The french Guys had set up camp by the time we reached Poggio Scali and they were eager Â to show us the views and what a delight they were,our first glimpse of what scenery there was outside the trees.
After a short break enjoying the views it was off to La Burraia where thankfully ,we had a very warm welcome at the stunningly positioned Rifugio CAI di Forli.
We started the day by finding the Campari Fountain a hangover from the 1931 publicity campaign but alas there was no free Campari.
Then the days walking started off nicely with a walk up to La Verna sanctuary , which we had a wander round before enjoying coffee and cake in the first open cafe to be found 🙂
Easier walking today but just as we started the climb up to Poggio Tre Vescovi the heavens opened and we got caught in an amazing hail/thunder storm turning the path into a running stream,making it a very wet and muddy walk for the rest of the day.
A welcome down hill stretch into Badia Prataglia where we found a room at the so called up market hotel Bosco Verde.
We spent most of the day walking in thick gloopy extremely slippery mud, which made the ascents and descents very tricky.
The end of our day was meant to be at Passo di Viamaggio but the only hotel is closed on a Tuesday so we had to carry on to St Stefano.
Where we found a room at a hotel which goes by many different names but today it’s hotel Santo Stefano a souless place to say the least.
The best thing about today was the glorious all day sunshine and the fact we both arrived in one piece after walking over such slippery mud, something I would not have been able to do without my walking poles !
Tomorrow will be a shorter day and I hope the gloopy mud is now behind us.