Vassena - Civenna - PianoRancio - Alpe Spessola
- Starting Point: Vassena
- Elevation gain: 1150 m
- Total time: 3h 40 min
- Difficulty: E = medium difficulty hike
- The route may be slippery. Use suitable footwear
Vassena is a hamlet in the municipality of Oliveto Lario, which you can reach by bus on the Lecco-Bellagio route or by boat from Bellagio to Lecco.
From the church square walk along the lakeshore and take Via Macchiavelli, cross the provincial road, take via Carcano opposite and then go right. The uphill begins on the left(follow the arrows for “Civenna” and not “Civenna 2”). The road at the end of the asphalt and a short stretch in cement continues as a mule track. You can see from how it is made that is was once an important road. Cross a wooded area to reach a carriage road in the Palembri area of Civenna.
Go uphill to the right, take via San Vincenzo and then left in via Grèe. Once you reach the village, cross the Bellagio - Magreglio (Ghisallo) provincial road, take via Frassi and go uphill though via Formicosa; when you reach the wash house turn left into via Dante Alighieri. Once you leave the hamlet and reach the aqueduct, turn right and continue uphill to the Giacinta farmstead. Continue to the right on the flat and turn left at the first trail leading uphill. When you reach the Piano Rancio plain, take the level road to the left of the Stella Alpina restaurant and continue to the end until you reach the trail uphill to the Anna Maria Refuge. Keep right and go up the meadow towards the left before the refuge, next to a fence. Turn left on the flat into the wood until you come to an old ski lift, ascend, enter the woods, pass the little valley and ascend the right hand side of the small stream. The trail continues with a semi-steep uphill into the wood until it emerges in the meadows on the south-east side of Mount Ponciv. Here it meets Route 2 from S. Primo on the left. Continue on the right until you come to the unpaved road that goes from Colma di Sormano to the peak of s. Primo; you are now on Route 1.You can now decide to turn left to descend to Alpe Spezzola and then at the Colma di Sormano, or turn right to reach the Bocchetta di Terrabiotta , the peak of S. Primo or to descend to the S. Primo Park.