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“A Beautiful But Very Strenuous 5-6 Hour Hike”
Review of Road of 52 Tunnels

Road of 52 Tunnels
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 20 September 2017

This hike takes most fit and properly-equipped (boots, flashlights, water, rain gear, etc.) hikers three hours to get up to Rif Papa and an additional two hours down the Scarubbi Road to return to the trailhead. Add an additional hour if one leaves from Passo Xomo instead of the upper (6e) parking lot. It is NOT for casual hikers or hikers who start after 12 noon! There are NO facilities along the way (except at the top) and NO ways back other than turning around. That said, this hike has amazing views and tells an amazing story.

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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Make sure you punch in the longitude and latitude on your gps as it's almost impossible to get the correct address for this place.
Also make sure you bring six euros in CHANGE for parking.
The hike itself had great views if it's a clear day and will take you at least four hours if you are a novice hiker.
Make sure to bring a flash light or your phone light works too.

Thank CarmenJoe
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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

This is one of the most amazing and beautiful hikes which can be accomplished in a day, alternatively you can stay overnight in the accommodation at the top of the mountain then return the following day. The 52 Galleries (tunnels) were created by Italian tunnelling engineers to shelter their soldiers from direct fire from Austrian troops during WW1 and create a mule path to transport supplies and ammunition to entrenched mountain positions. The walk is about 6.5 kms to the top and took us around 3 hours to complete. The return journey is around 10kms down a much easier road path. The galleries are an engineering marvel and create an amazing opportunity for hikers with limited experience to trek exposed mountain paths. Make no mistake, while this hike is achievable for most people, it is nevertheless dangerous and care should be taken. The trail is often exposed to sheer drops and while for the most part it is a comfortable 2.2m wide, at times this width is reduced. It is also susceptible to land slips which was apparent when we went. There are also some considerations which must be taken into account to ensure you get the best from the experience. The first thing is the weather, we had a perfect day but needed to wait for a couple of days for it to be ideal. Fog can affect the view and rain can cause the track to become slippery and dangerous. The second thing is the parking. We left early and arrived for a 9am start on a Tuesday. The car park was already quite full and we were told on Weekends it can be impossible to get parking near the start of the trail unless you arrive very early. Another aspect is that there are no toilets anywhere on the path and the evidence and smell of human faeces is apparent in almost every nook and cranny where hikers can drop their pants. The advice would be to 'squat before you trot', as there are a lot of people on the trail who may inadvertently stumble across your 'private time'.
The final issue is accessing the walk if you are a tourist. Tour busses and public transport don't seem to go there and unless you know someone from the area (as we did), it is hard to find and access. As an Australian I feel that many people would be thrilled by this experience, but would find it incredibly difficult to organise the trip. The best advice would be to catch a train from Vicenza to Schio, then get met by a minibus from Autonoleggi Pezzelato Srl who can drop you off then pick you up afterwards. It may be a little costly (I don't know how much) but definitely worth it if you love the idea of undertaking a hiking experience full of amazing mountain scenery and historical significance.

Thank Peter C
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

The trek is great, not so difficult. We took about 4 hours because we wanted to admire every view. The returning to the starting point can be circular.

Thank Damjan B
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Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

If you are near Venice and looking for a hike that is out of this world with views that will astound you, this has got to be on your list. About a 1.5 hour drive from Venice, this famous mile road built 100 years ago is an incredible feat of engineering that still impresses us today. Even on a hot day, temperatures will be much cooler in the mountains so bring an extra long sleeve shirt, pants, and jacket. A headlamp is also a must for the dark and sometimes slippery tunnels. For us, getting to the trailhead was the most harrowing part, as much of the road is very windy and with only one lane. Start early in the morning to get a decent parking spot and avoid some of the crowd on the trail. We went on the weekend and it was packed!

Thank JJTrouble
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