Duration: 4 h and 45 min
Difference in height: + 340 m / -830 m
To go back to the starting point, it is best to take a car from Bocognano.
The Vizzavona pass is located halfway between Ajaccio and Corte, at an altitude of 1161 metres above sea level. It is one of Corsica's four main passes and is the most frequented and the most well-known on the island thanks to its location between the two most important cities: Bastia and Ajaccio.
This pass is located in the regional natural park of Corsica and has a wide variety of vegetation: beech trees, Corsican scrub and black pines. The fauna is also quite rich, although large mammals are absent. Be aware that the crossing is not easy in the winter period because of the snow cover.
Do not hesitate to visit the village of Bocognano: in particular, the parish church of St Lucy (which contains a painting classified as historical monument), the palazzu di Bucugnà (the only building built at the behest of Napoleon I) and the funtanone (the village's monumental fountain).
From Ajaccio take the road T 20 in the direction of Bastia. After about 50 km you will reach the pass of Vizzavona, where you can park your car (if possible, near the Foce di Vizzavona road sign).
After parking your car, take the tarmac road which climbs to your right, following the signposts for Bocognano. After having walked for about twenty minutes, you can admire the view of the Gravona valley, near a repeater. Do not hesitate to cross the barrier in front of you to take the path in the direction of Bocognano – you will arrive quite quickly at the Funtana di Tagliali (whose water is drinkable). Keep walking until you reach a small stream: follow the yellow markers and pay attention because the path turns sharply to your right. After a few minutes' walk, you must ford a stream and climb until you reach a ridge where there is a large electricity pylon.
When you have caught your breath, turn right and walk downhill until you reach the RN193. You must walk for five hundred metres along the national road and then follow the yellow markers until you reach some ruins. The path continues and you will climb a ridge (1126 metres in altitude) from which you can admire the mount of Oro (on your right), the mountains of the Renoso massif and the Gravona valley (on your left).
The path continues through Corsican scrub and after a few minutes' walk you reach a water source indicated by a sign. You must cross another stream to reach some old sheepfolds in the locality called I Caseddi di U Castagnu. Continue walking following the signs for Bocognano, until you come to a path which you must climb to reach the fountain at Cappiaghia (whose water is drinkable). After this fountain, you must take a track which goes towards a water course: be careful because at the beginning there are not many yellow markers. You must walk until you reach a fence – which is indicated by yellow markers – and then you must cross the bed of the Gravona with caution.
When you reach the other side of the Gravona, you must take the path that climbs on your right. After about 1500 metres of walking, you will reach a ridge at an altitude of 1149 metres. From this peak the path descends rather rapidly – pay attention and avoid taking the flat path on your left. After a few minutes' walk, the path, which is often overgrown with vegetation, turns sharply to your right. Keep walking until you reach a rock marked with a yellow marker and turn left following the path. You must cross a barrier and after you must descend through a chestnut grove until you cross a small stream.
Follow the path until you reach a fountain and a fence, then pass under a railway bridge. You are almost at Bocognano: after crossing the bridge, you will see the first houses of the village. Keep walking until you reach the old national road and the town hall square.