The route starts in Fabrizia (963 m), a village of forest and charcoal traditions rich in orchards, and continues towards the Passo della Croce Ferrata (1128 m). A downhill stretch leads to Valle Gelata (1016 m), where the route starts climbing up to 1137 m on mount Seduto. From here, a descent of about 12 km starts. After passing the Piano della Limina and the Ionian-Tyrrhenian state road, you’ll rise and then go down to the intersection with SP35 (840 m). Then the route gently climbs for about 5 km towards Canolo (946), a village between two canyons on the Dossoni della Melia located in Locride (from Locris, an ancient Greek region), just 2 km from Passo del Mercante, the pass that connected the two Calabrian coasts in the Magna Graecia region
The many areas of the Park have typical products that come from pastoral and farming traditions. Traditional foods are capocolli, soppressate and cured meats with chilli pepper and fennel. The huge white Pappaluni, which are Aspromonte beans, are grown in the Mid-High areas of the park. The climate is also ideal for the cultivation of the delicious Aspromonte potatoes. The caciocavallo cheese in Ciminà is quite famous, as is the ricotta and the Pesce Stocco (stockfish), known as “a fish that comes from a place that has no sea”, which has always been very popular in the inland areas of Calabria.
The Aspromonte GeoPark is part of UNESCO Global Geoparks, the UNESCO World Network of Geoparks, that has 89 geosites, 8 of which are International. The important components of the geological landscape of Aspromonte are the so-called Pietre (Stones), shaped by atmospheric agents, which look like natural monuments. The most spectacular are: Pietra Cappa (one of the largest monoliths in Europe), Pietra Lunga, Pietra Castello, Rocce di San Pietro, Rocca del Drako and Caldaie del latte.
Aspromonte is one of the privileged spots where we can observe migratory birds at the southern tip of the peninsula. It is a sort of springboard for tens of thousands of diurnal birds of prey and storks which, after nesting in Europe, must cross the Strait and head south to Africa for the winter. Since 2010 the Park has been monitoring and studying post-nuptial migration. Birdwatchers will be able to observe the migratory birds on a 4-metre high viewing platform located in the Aspromonte plains.