Monte della Croce historic-military theme path

The path starts in Pian di Gembro, opposite the agritourism La Quercia Antica. This route of historic-military interest dates back to the First World War, is easy to complete and thoroughly documented by a series of explanatory boards. It was part of the Cadorna Line, for the defence of national borders, in the event of an Austrian assault. nnels and trenches on Monte della Croce were part of the Poschiavino Barrier and the Aprica Pass Defence, which protected central Valtellina and the important Aprica Pass, connecting Valtellina with the upper Val Camonica. It is important to remember the construction of a fort in Canali, built in the eponymous hamlet above Tirano, which with its 149 mm pieces, towered over the valley and Poschiavo railway. The area's naturalistic richness is dominated by firs, scots pines, larches and birches, while bilberry prevails in the undergrowth.

At the end of the itinerary, the peat bog can be admired from a panoramic point, in all its magnificence and sheer size. You can also start the path from the dirt road that runs alongside the Pian di Gembro Nature Reserve. The board marking its starting point is located on the side of the road, as soon as you pass the Aula Didattica, heading west.


Normal hiking equipment. Trekking boots are recommended.

Useful services: 

Riserva Naturale Pian di Gembro

Chiesetta di S. Fortunato

Aula Didattica Riserva Naturale di Pian di Gembro


Support points: 

Albergo Ristorante Le Betulle / t. 0342 746591

Cascina Biancotti / t. 0342 747061 - 328 7784347 (anche pernottamento)

Ristorante Bar Oasi / t. 328 5680816 - 366 5246664

Ristoro Pian di Gembro / t. 0342 746918 - 339 6866212

Ristorante La Quercia Antica / t. 0342 746494

Agriturismo Piscè / t. 330 520174

  • Length: 2 km
  • Altitude Departure: 1408 masl
  • Altitude Arrival: 1360 masl
  • Maximum altitude reached 1484 masl
  • Journey time: 1 hour

Our recommendations

  • always use proper equipment and clothing

  • evaluate your physical conditions and those who walk with you

  • carefully consider the conditions of the soil

  • observe and prevent changes in weather

  • consider the hours of daylight and evaluate the travel time

  • enthusiasm must never cloud the necessary prudence