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blue Sentiero del Giubileo da Valganna a Varese

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10.3 mile 16.5 kilometer point to point
94% Runnable
Intermediate

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Ascent: 910' 277 m
Descent: -1,221' -372 m
High: 1,872' 571 m
Low: 1,234' 376 m

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Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)

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Follow an ancient route that pilgrims used to travel to Rome to ask penance for their sins.

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This pathway was designated in 2000 to commemorate the pathway used by pilgrims traveling throughout Europe to Rome to seek penance for their sins in special "Jubilee" years designated by the Catholic Church periodically since 1300. Today, this section from Valganna to Varese falls within the territory of the Parco Campo dei Fiori (Field of Flowers Park). Spoiler alert—don't expect to find any fields of flowers in the park.

The route starts in Ganna as a doubletrack from SP11 (Strada Provniciale - Provincial Road). It then narrows as it heads through a marshy area with a couple of small lakes before paralleling the Fiume Margorabbia (river). The trail is quite flat and easy in this section. This continues for about 4 km (2.5 mi) until the trail crosses the busy SS233 (Strada Statale - State Road).

Once it crosses SS233, the trail becomes narrower still and climbs steeply (100m/300ft) for 0.6 km (1 mi) on the slopes of Monte Monarco. At this point, it reaches a gravel road. The gravel road descends 1.6 km (1 mi) to the Castello di Frascarolo on the outskirts of Varese. This castle is still owned by descendants of the Medicis and is not open to the public. From the castle, the route of the Sentiero del Giubileo follows local roads until the train station in Varese.

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