Climbing in the Maremma – Ravi

If you like the thrill of exploring in the woods and finding a natural version of bouldering walls, the Maremma has a few local options that are well known on…

If you like the thrill of exploring in the woods and finding a natural version of bouldering walls, the Maremma has a few local options that are well known on the national climbing circuit. Close to the ex-mining town of Ravi, high on the hills above, there are some interesting routes to try if you like wild climbing on Monte Calvo.

Looking across to the Ravi climbing location.

Looking across to the Ravi climbing location.

The Walls

here are a number of main walls with various routes up them, best looked at from a small distance, the climber can get an overall picture of the possible routes.

Here there are a number of main walls with various routes up them, best looked at from a small distance, the climber can get an overall picture of the possible routes.

The furthest wall from the base with some fixed anchor points for safety ropes, this offers some fairly interesting climbs, with an easy access rope recovery point.

The furthest wall from the base with some fixed anchor points for safety ropes, this offers some fairly interesting climbs, with an easy access rope recovery point.

The upper more complicated routes of the top wall.

The upper more complicated routes of the top wall.

Close up we can see the rock is characterized by some smooth surfaces and small holds. Great experiences for those who are looking to up the adrenaline.

Close up we can see the rock is characterized by some smooth surfaces and small holds. Great experiences for those who are looking to up the adrenaline.

In the woods close to the base are smaller more easy going practice walls that give novice climbers the ability to try their beginner skills.

In the woods close to the base are smaller easier going practice walls that give novice climbers the ability to try their beginner skills.

Off to the right of the main walls are some subsidiary walls which have overhangs and are open for a freestyle climbing style.

Off to the right of the main walls are some subsidiary walls which have overhangs and are open for a freestyle climbing style.

Looking back across the Maremma to Ravi and the Amiata, the views are stunning, isolated but connected.

Looking back across the Maremma to Ravi and the Amiata, the views are stunning, isolated but connected.

The rocky crags at the top of the rock walls give multiple route options and technique variations.

The rocky crags at the top of the rock walls give multiple route options and technique variations.

The Guide

So climbing these walls where do we start, luckily the world of climbing has grades and those who can grade them who are also good at putting together the best route possibilities.

Eraldo Meraldi is the guide behind these guides each route has been described and graded. With suggested attachment points for ropes.  Grading varies between 4 and 7 in difficulty.

Eraldo Meraldi is the guide behind these guides each route has been described and graded. With suggested attachment points for ropes.  Grading varies between 4 and 7 in difficulty.

Each wall has a name and with at least four routes per wall, variety is possible, climb time per rout obviously depends on climber ability but can take up to 40 minutes on more complicated routes.

Each wall has a name and with at least four routes per wall, variety is possible, climb time per rout obviously depends on climber ability but can take up to 40 minutes on more complicated routes.

Location

Climbing spots are often closely guarded secrets, some because they are hard to access, others because people want to make sure there is not too much “traffic” on the walls. Monte Calvo is located near Ravi and is accessible by car and foot.

Map

Park on the road and walk up.

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Here in cartoon form we can see the route, it takes about 10-15 minutes to walk to the base.

The path starts by the road near a fence, it's clearly defined and has small rocks up the hill showing the routes.

The path starts by the road near a fence, it’s clearly defined and has small rocks up the hill showing the routes.

A perfect trail leading people to the secrets.

A perfect trail leading people to the secrets.

Here the path passes behind the power tower.

Here the path passes behind the power tower.

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Close by there is the abandoned mine and museum of Ravi.  Below we can see the whole ridgeline is a potential rock climbing heaven.

 

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Bakery “La compagnia del Dolce Siciliano”

Target: Sicilian Ice Cream Parlour Type: Groups, family, couple, kids. Products: Sweets and some savory products from Sicily, everything is made in house and is of the highest quality. Special…

  • Target: Sicilian Ice Cream Parlour
  • Type: Groups, family, couple, kids.
  • Products: Sweets and some savory products from Sicily, everything is made in house and is of the highest quality.
  • Special Menu: Milk Free – granite
  • Typical dish: Ice Cream, Cassata Siciliana.
  • Price Range: €2- €5 per head.
  • Opening Times: All day – until Late.

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Ice cream

Ice cream

Small "Cassata"

Small “Cassata”

The shop

The shop

Map

 

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Sailing The Coast Of Tuscany

Punta Ala lies on the coast of the lower part of Tuscany. The coastline is covered with small islands and rocky headlands, which stretch back inland to the hills behind….

Punta Ala lies on the coast of the lower part of Tuscany. The coastline is covered with small islands and rocky headlands, which stretch back inland to the hills behind. The great thing about the coastline of Punta Ala is it is possible to sail all year in all seasons.

Sailing is a year around sport and the coastline offers many ports and things to see from the sea, with some jewels of the offshore islands.

Sailing is a year around sport and the coastline offers many ports and things to see from the sea, with some jewels of the offshore islands.

Opena water.

Open water.

Spring

With sometimes strong winds and blue skies, the coast is for experienced and medium sailors alike. The key is to remember to enjoy the view of the coast, the ports are usually more quiet at this time of year.

Sailing off the point of Punta Ala a spring gusty day.

Sailing off the point of Punta Ala a spring gusty day.

Further down the coast one of the small islands gives a spectacular backdrop.

Further down the coast one of the small islands gives a spectacular backdrop.

Cruising out of the port in spring is a calm time, but the water and wind are still ready to be appreciated.

Cruising out of the port in spring is a calm time, but the water and wind are still ready to be appreciated.

Summer

The coast comes alive as yacht owners open up their sails and follow the gentle sea breezes that emanate from the north-west every day. It’s busy but worth the trip out on a boat, it’s warm so dive in whilst at Anchor!

The beaches invite users into the sea.

The beaches invite users into the sea.

Leaving or entering port in the summer, the hills of the Bandite radiate the last golden sunlight of the evening.

Leaving or entering port in the summer, the hills of the Bandite radiate the last golden sunlight of the evening.

Just across the water, Elba offers some protective coves and stunning scenery.

Just across the water, Elba offers some protective coves and stunning scenery.

Up high, the water is crystal clear below.

Up high, the water is crystal clear below.

On Giannutri, the water radiates a turquoise blue color.

On Giannutri, the water radiates a turquoise blue color.

Giglio is also a contrasting place in strong summer light as the hillside rises behind the main port town.

Giglio is also a contrasting place in strong summer light as the hillside rises behind the main port town.

Autumn

Winter time is coming meaning the last boat races of the year close to the coast as competitor look for the best winds.

Winter time is coming meaning the last boat races of the year close to the coast as competitor look for the best winds.

Sailing close to the "Sparviero" of the Troia off the port of Punta Ala, epic early evening sunsets

Sailing close to the “Sparviero” of the Troia off the port of Punta Ala, epic early evening sunsets

Bigger conditions require bigger boats.

Bigger conditions require bigger boats.

Late September winds and green hills off the coast looking back towards Punta Ala.

Late September winds and green hills off the coast looking back towards Punta Ala.

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