Apuan Alps Geopark
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The pot-holes of Anguillaja and Fatonero ditches are located near
Arni of Stazzema (Lucca)
Open all year. The visit is free.
Visitor Center of the Park
via Corrado Del Greco, 11
55047 Seravezza (Lucca)
tel. +039 0584 756144
fax +039 0584 756144
Pot-holes of Anguillaja and Fatonero
streams of the
or 'pots of the Giants'.
Both rivers are left tributaries of the Turrite Secca stream (right tributary of the Serchio river) and descend the southern slopes of Mt. Sumbra (1765 m) and Mt. Fiocca (1709 m), about 650 m away from each other.
The 'pot-holes' are presented to the viewer as regular cavities, roughly circular in shape, with very smooth walls and a cap shaped bottom m.
They are naturally carved into the rock and their size is extremely variable, ranging from a few centimetres in diameter up to 6.6 m, and the depth of 1.6 m.
The Access to Anguillaja ditch
Pot-hole in the Anguillaja ditch
At that time, the last 300 m of the ditch descending from Mt.
showed 13 large pot shaped cavities.
Their number was then reduced to the destruction produced years ago
from the abandoned quarry of its lower section.
The climb of the ditch is relatively easy in the beginning, and the
first morphological step is passed through a small iron staircase.
This leads to the spectacular succession of three 'poth-holes' of
considerable proportions, completely carved in marble (see photo).
Further along the path is required the use of the practice of grip in climbing abseiling and rock climbing.
A v at the Fatonero ditch, Mt. and Mt. Sumbra
From the main road to Val d'Arni, 700 m before Anguillaja stream, the Fatonero ditch can be easily identified, of which you can view the latest 400-500 m stretch, descended from Mt. Fiocca. The 'pot-holes' are numbered in descending order from the u of the ditch; they are around 21 and of similar size to those of the twin ditch. They too are carved in marble.
you can meet,
jaspers, metalimestones with cherty bands and nodules,
the quartz-feldspatic metasandstones,
also can be indicated the presence
of these mountains are characterized
south face of
are linked to
in the Fatonero ditch