Canzo’s Horns

They are three small peaks of about 1,400 meters that take their name from the municipality in which they reside and it is one of the areas of the Lariano Triangle most known for the beauty of the landscapes, for the nature still well preserved and for the numerous paths suitable to satisfy everyone, from families with children for expert hikers.

Their shape is unmistakable: three rocky peaks with a rounded appearance that make them look like “horns”, clearly visible from Brianza.Thanks  to their position these three peaks were among the first to become popular; today in fact the trails in the area are many and well marked. The whole area of the Canzo’s Horns is of great interest from a naturalistic point of view: three main environments can be distinguished: the wood, the prairies and the cliffs. A part also falls in the Corni di Canzo Regional Forest, a vast predominantly wooded complex managed by the ERSAF (Regional Agency for Agriculture and Forestry Services).
The Ravella stream, which gives its name to the valley, has deeply dug its bed and flows embedded between steep slopes up to Canzo, before flowing into the Lambro; on the right there are noteworthy morenic terraces on which the three “Alps” were once built. In fact, up until the 1960s, numerous families resided in the valley, dedicated to farming and cattle breeding, as can be seen from the presence of rural buildings in Prim’Alpe, ruins in Second’Alpe and Terz’Alpe.
At Prim’Alpe, for the little ones, you can enter the fantastic Path of the Spirit of the Woods, a path with many wooden sculptures that seem to bring the forest to life.
For the climb to the Horns one of the most popular routes passes through the Geological Trail of the Ravella Valley, which begins in the Gajum locality and ends at the Terz’Alpe refuge. From the Terz’Alpe refuge you arrive directly at the base of the Western Horn. An important point of support in the area is given by the SEV refuge of Pianezzo, located on the vast plateau at the base of the Horns.
The Geological Path is an excursion into the geological history of the Larian Triangle. Of elementary difficulty, it allows us to see the stratified carbonate rocks of marine origin and the Mesozoic era and containing typical fossils such as corals and ammonites and large erratic granite boulders carried by glaciers.
Along the Geological Path there is also the Sanctuary of San Miro al Monte in the place where the hermit lived. Numerous miracles are attributed to him, in particular linked to rain during the great periods of drought; according to a local tradition it would have given rise to a spring of water from the rock, still visible on the square in front of the small hermitage.
They are a favorite destination for equipped hikers, in some places there are railways, some of the most famous peaks of the Lariano Triangle: the Sasso Malascarpa and Prasanto Mount with their karst geomorphological manifestations, Rai Mount, from which you can enjoy a splendid view on the briantei lakes and again the Birone Horn or the Mount Cornizzolo.
The panorama that the mountaineer can enjoy from the peaks of the group is vast and attractive. Below stretch the hills of Brianza crossed by the Lambro, the Piani d’Erna, the Valbrona overlooking Lake Como in the Lecco branch, and again the Briantei lakes and, further on, the slow creep of the Adda into Lombard plain.

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