Mount Tre Pizzi and Ciminà
The little village of Ciminà and the nearby town of Antonimina are places with an history inextricably linked to the presence of the mountain. Along the north-eastern border of Aspromonte National Park, the town of Ciminà stands at the foot of Mount Tre Pizzi and is renowned not only for the wide pastures and for the landscape’s beauty, but especially for a dairy product, the caciocavallo, certified by the Slow Food International organization.
A very beautiful hike begins just from the place called “Fimmina” in the Ciminà municipality and culminates in the visit to the ruins of the ancient church of SS. Pietro and Paolo.
The hiking path is well marked and offers wide panoramas, which allow you to observe one of the most fertile areas of the Ionian coast: on the east side there’s Roccella Jonica, instead on the west side the view is dominated by the dense vegetation. The route is mainly flat, although there are alternating short up and downhill stretches.
Once on the summit of Mount Tre Pizzi, the panorama is really vast and ranges from Bruzzano Cape to Mount Due Mari; on one side there’s the valley of Antonimina, on the other side there’s Ciminà, located at the foot of this spectacular monolith. From up here, it’s possible to identify several ridges and Aspromonte’s peaks, that slope down to the Ionian coastline. The inner part of this wide panorama is dominated by the view of the landslips on Bonamico River, of the Grandi Pietre (i.e. “Big Stones”) and of Montalto.
Finally, on the summit of Tre Pizzi, turning right, we reach a plateau where there are the ruins of the little byzantine church of SS. Pietro and Paolo, the end of our excursion.
|Starting location||Ciminà, place called “Fimmina” (715 m)|
|Arrival location||Mount Tre Pizzi (708 m)|
|Difference in altitude||95 m|
|Minimum altitude||620 m above sea level (Mount Petrotondo)|
|Maximum altitude||715 m above sea level (“Fimmina”)|
|Time||1 hour 15|
|Route lenght||1.600 m|
|Periods of accessibility||Always|