The Passo del Cerreto is situated in Tuscany. This climb belongs to the Apennines.
Starting from Fivizzano,
the Passo del Cerreto ascent is 18.8 km long. Over this distance, you climb 935 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 5 %.
Stories, information and comments from Passo del Cerreto climbers
Story by David Evans from London, United Kingdom, submitted on 30/12/2009
I have done this climb several times over the last decade in all different conditions. The road has been resurfaced recently and is now mostly very good. The route is popular with day trippers from the coast at weekends, but is usually quiet weekday afternoons. In Spring it can be very cold at the top (there is skiing at Cerreto Laghi into April) and the weather can change quickly so take layers. In Summer it can be very hot but there are several places to get water. There is a tap outside the church at Pieve San Paolo and a couple of roadside springs further up, past the turn to Sassalbo. This spring water is reputedly beneficial, so people drive up to collect it - look for plastic bottles around a roadside culvert. The descent is a joy but can be tricky in parts - I lost it at 70kph one time, went over the crash barriers into space. Luckily I hit a tree and survived with a broken finger.
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Story by Thomas Munch from Aalborg, Denmark, submitted on 20/10/2009
I did this climb a wednesday (14/10-2009) at noon. About 20 degrees at the start in Fivizzano (Near the Esso-tank) and 10 degrees on the top. There was a fine road-surface and much lesser traffic than I expected even though it is a main-road, it was no problem. There is a couple of sections that goes downhill so there is plenty of places to recuporate on the way up. I ascended in about 1:45 an descended in about 30 minutes (avg. about 40 km/h downhill because of the many turns and twists). Btw. The San Paulo Albergo Restaurant 7 km up is great :-)
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Story by Michael Huggins from Ramsbottom, United Kingdom, submitted on 25/02/2009
I did this early on a Saturday morning in August 2008 and there was quite a lot of traffic, as the climb is on a main road from Tuscany into Emilia-Romagna. There is a demanding central section, shown on the diagram here as from kilometres 7 to 11. As we all know, when you are going slowly the traffic seems to intrude more! This is the main drawback. Otherwise the road surface is good and the scenery spectacular. This part of northern Tuscany (Lunigiana)is like a mini-Alps, with a number of good climbs into the Alpi Apuane and the Appenini. When you get to the hotel at the top you can turn right (coming from the Tuscany side) and after another 3 km reach the ski resort of Cerreto Laghi. This is an easier section and makes for a faster finish. I think the whole Lunigiana region is a bit of an undiscovered cyclists paradise (Italian cyclists know it well, mind you). Perhaps not on the scale of the Alps, but with great compensations in the food, the friendliness and homeliness of the place.