408 Route 57. PORRETTA.
destroyed the village of Vigo in 1851. On the right bank of the
Reno is the prettily situated castle of Savignano.
361/2 M. Bagni della Porretta (1155 ft.; Gr. Hót. Porretta, of
the first class, Hót. Palazzina, R. 2-4 fr., well spoken of, both open
in summer only; Alb. di Roma, with good restaurant, R. 2-4 fr.;
Pens. Brunetti), a village with frequented sulphureous springs and
baths (Stubilimenti Bovi, Puzzola, and Porretta Vecchia). Attractive
walks to the (^4 hr.) Madonna del Ponte and to (4 hrs.) Pracchia.
Beyond Porretta the line enters a narrow and romantic ravine of
the Reno, from the sides of which numerous waterfalls are precip-
itated, particularly in spring.
46 M. Pracchia (2020 ft.; Locanda L'Appennino; Alb. Orticaia,
R. 3 fr., well spoken of), the highest point on the line.
Pracchia ia the starting-point for the ascent of the Corno alie Scale
(63S0 ft.). We drive to (172 hr.) Gavinana (Alb. Ferruccio) and thence,
starting early in the morning, ascend viá Crocicchio and Maceglia to the
(372-4 hrs.) summit. We return to Maceglia viá the Rifugio Duca degli
Abruzzi and the little Lago Scaffaiolo (5755 ft.).
A post-omnibus runs twice daily from Pracchia to (13 M.) Cutigliano
(2225 ft.; Alb. Capello d'Orlando, clean; Pensión Pendini, 7-9 fr.; Pens.
Tandelli; Pens. Orsi), a convenient centre for excursions, viá (i3/t M.) Pon-
tepeiri, where it reaches the oíd Apennine road connecting Florence and
Modena (p. 372), and (772 M ) San Marcello Pistoiese (2045 ft.; Alb. della
Posta, well spoken of; Engl. Ch. serv.). The road then continúes to ascend
to (2072 M.) Boscolungo (Hotel Bellini, very fair; Alb. Cimone, plain but
good; Alb. Orsatti), and to the Passo dell' Abetone (4555 ft.), where the "Gran
Albergo dell' Abetone (R. 37z, déj. 21/2, D. 472, pens. 12 fr.; open in summer
only) lies in the midst of a fine forest. Thia ia the starting-point for the
ascent of Monte Cimone (7103 ft.; 4-5 hrs.; guide, Beppino Ferrari, etc.), the
highest summit of the Northern Apennines, commanding fine views. It
is also a starting-point for numerous shorter excursions (Monte Maiori,
3/t hr.; Libro Aporto, I72-2 hrs.; Tre Polenze, 2 hrs.; Monte Rondinaio, Lago
Santo, etc.). — From Abetone viá Fiumalbo to (772 M.) Pievepelago (Modena),
see p. 376.
Boscolungo is about 572 hrs.' drive from Pracchia, and 7 hrs. from
Pistoia (viá Pontepetri, see above). A road alao leada to it from the Bagni di
Lucca (comp. p. 449).
Beyond Pracchia the train crosses the watershed of the Adriatic
and the Tyrrhenian Sea by a tunnel about l2/3 M. in length, and
then enters the valley of the Ombrone (p. 440), which is traversed
by a lofty viaduct. Between this point and Pistoia there are viaducts
and tunnels in constant succession. Beautiful *Views. — Beyond
(50!/2 M.) Corbezzi a view is at length revealed of the lovely and
populous plains of Tuscany, and of Pistoia far below.
611/2 M. Pistoia (p. 450). —From Pistoia to Florence, see p. 454
58. From Bologna to Ravenna.
■ , 52 U/^"%tAZ ^n 2nY4"3 hrs- (fares 9 fr" 75> 6 fr- 85, 4 fr. 40 c; return-
ticket, 14 fr. 2), 9 fr. 95 c). The train followa the main line to Faenza,
Ancona, and Brindisi as far aa Castel Bolognese, whence Ravenna ia reached
by a branch-line (change of carriages usually necessary).
The train follows the direction of the Via ^Emilia (p. 356).
— 7 M. Miran¿"T»~-'**rmn,.mnJ¡LM. Castel San Pietro d'Emilia