The ascent of Montemagno is the classic after-work excursion, something that you can easy accomplish in less that 2-hours biking. From viareggio the ride takes about 1½ hours and is very fun and varied.
Leaving Casa Arsella we head towards Camaiore (I prefer to go towards Lido di Camaiore and then reach Camaiore by the Via Italica) and from there the approach to the ascent of Montemagno.
Along the way to the right, you will find road sign for a beautiful variation that gors up to Pedona and to the Castello di Mommio and then descend on the other side of the hill to Bargecchia.
A note on Bargecchia: the village is known above all for the four bells that were merged in 1885. It is said that during the fusion, many citizens threw their gold into the casting.
The sound was so harmonious that the Maestro Giacomo Puccini, during visits to his friend Dott.Giacchi, a physician of the village, decided to insert them at the end of the first act of Tosca, during the duet between Tosca and Scarpia.
If you wanto to go to Montegano though, ignore the deviation for Pedona, just continue on the SP1 for some Km until you attack the short ascent of Montemagno. You will notice the statue dedicated to famous singer Giorgio Gaber who died in his villa in Montemagno on January 1st, 2003. When he passed by, I remember “Goganga”, one of his most amusing songs.
From here descend in the “freddana” for about 1 km and then return to Viareggio for Panicale and the pass of Monte Pitoro (consider the opportunity to visit the Roman parish church of San Pantaleone in Pieve a Elici) and the street of Montramito.
EFFORT: 25Km of which 19Km plain, 3 ascent (250m elevation gain), 3 descent.