Leave the main road SS45 bis near the bridge of Toscolano and drive into the Valle delle Cartiere (Valley of the Papermills).
Leave your car at the car park and continue on foot along the charming dirt road past the Centro d’Eccellenza(1) at Maina Inferiore until you reach the bridge at Maina Superiore , seat of the Trout Fishing Reserve. Cross the bridge and take the path on the left, which goes up the western side of the valley. When you reach the crossroads turn left towards a lime kiln. You continue on an almost level ground which allows a nice panoramic view over the valley and Mount Castello. When you reach the cemented road from Sanico follow it downhill as far as a votive shrine by a steep bend.
Take the asphalt road on the left back to your starting point, which you will reach after a few hundred metres.
1 Museum of the Paper on paper manufacturing. In 19 rooms situated in the basement, on the ground foor and on the first floor exhibit ancient machinery as well as historical documents. Multimedia equipment in the rooms allow you to penetrate the world of paper. You will also see the pestles, the vats, the retting vats, the presses and the rooms where the sheets were dried, sized, glazed and stacked. Of particular interest is the room where a former worker of the papermill shows how a paper sheet was produced.
TRAVEL: Piedi e Mountain bike
DURATION: 1:45 ore
DISTANCE: 4.5 km