This very technical and demanding route runs along the north-western part of Lake Como and offers fantastic views of the two branches of the lake and the peaks of the Pre-Alps.
The first section is all on an asphalt road. The starting point is the church of Santa Maria in the village of Santa Maria Rezzonico, from where you begin the climb towards La Torre, following the signs for Roncate, passing through Soriano and near Lucena. Go through Gallio, pass through Noledo and then come to Treccione. Without entering the village, turn right at the fork and start climbing towards the Monti di Gallio and the huts of Zanatta.
You pass near Montuglio, keep to the right and continue to the last huts, that is to say to the end of the tarmac section, from where a dirt track starts, which crosses the Valle dei Mulini stream and leads to the Rescascia alpine pasture, where you can take your first break. Following the cart track you finally reach the small church of Sant’Amate (1577 m), which gives its name to the itinerary.
For the descent, you can choose whether to follow the same route back, retracing your steps, or to take the narrow path down the mountainside that descends towards Breglia on hairpin bends that are sometimes exposed. It is advisable to be very careful and, if necessary, to push through the most critical sections. At the end of the Sentiero Alto you come to a car park and a tarmac road: you can choose whether to follow this directly to Breglia or to walk only a short distance to the Monti di Breglia and then take a dirt track that leads to the village.
From here you turn left and continue towards Carcente and Semnago-San Martino, descend towards Acquaseria and come out on the main road to finally return to S.Maria Rezzonico.