Some via ferratas have within them variants that offer the option of following different routes, which are generally more demanding. Among the variants they are not considered escape routes. We have collected 15 via ferratas that lend themselves well to being eventually traveled twice.
The Ferrata of the Zucco Pesciola is a beautiful ferrata that climbs the homonymous mountain above the Piani di Bobbio in the province of Lecco. The via ferrata is difficult along its entire route and requires good climbing ability also due to the chain which, not being stretched, is not of much help along the climb. The penultimate section of the via ferrata offers the possibility of continuing on a difficult variant that is to be considered extremely difficult. The variant is overhanging and the development of the route runs not looking for the weaknesses of the rock but accentuating them. This variant is to be considered one of the most challenging stretches in the entire national context. After the variant, the path joins again with the route that soon ends.
The magnificent climb to the Tofana di Mezzo above Cortina d'Ampezzo can take place along the long Ferrata Aglio. About halfway along the aided itinerary and, shortly before the traverse exposure, we will notice a cable that rises vertically to reach the top of the Torre Aglio. The ascent to the Torre Aglio is rather short and covers an altitude difference of about 30 m but it is to be considered difficult with a higher level than the rest of the via ferrata. Go back to the point where the deviation begins (20 'a / r) and continue uphill to the Tofana di Mezzo.
Near Lodrino in the province of Brescia, you can go up via ferrata to the Corno di Caspai. The via ferrata is of medium difficulty and is characterized by many stretches crosswise with a general rise and fall without substantial difficulties. The last section of the route offers a difficult variant alongside the easy route to the summit. This variant is made up of 4 very demanding and quite varied sections. Traverses, overhanging sections, slabs, chimneys and partition walls follow one another. Once the variant has been completed, the summit ends where the route ends.
The Ferrata of Monte Ocone in the province of Bergamo it is a difficult via ferrata as a whole with many towers where it takes technique and strength of arms to climb the road. Approximately two thirds of the road meets the variant of the Monarch which rises to the left with a clear deviation. More difficult variant of the normal climb option but in line with the rest of the route. The final variant, on the other hand, is different, even if it is only a few meters, it is very demanding and athletic with a clear overhang. In 2019 a further variant was inaugurated in the second half of the "Very Difficult" route with steep cliff sections.
The Ferrata del Vajo Scuro in the Small Dolomites on the Vicenza side it has been extended with an initial variant. The variant takes the name of Variante Lontelovare and is encountered along the upward traverse to the left avoiding going up the lower part of the vajo. The variant has some challenging passages of a higher level than the rest of the via ferrata.
An anomalous and characteristic variant is the recent Extreme Variation to the Ferrata delle Aquile on the Paganella, Trento. The Ferrata delle Aquile extends mainly on traverses and ledges with long sections of climbing in the first long part of the route. The terminal part is composed of two long helicoidal stairs that climb up a rocky rib after the two suspension bridges. The variant is technically not demanding although the development of the stairs requires a certain strength and balance.
In the village of Gressoney in Aosta Valley there is one of the most challenging via ferratas in all of Italy, in particular the two final variants: the yellow and the black. From the end of the red path it is possible to continue meeting after a first suspension bridge the two variants. The yellow variant is to be considered very difficult with difficult overhanging sections. The black variant requires passing a second suspension bridge and going up a steeply overhanging wall and is to be considered extremely difficult. Useful to have one with you safety lanyard to be able to rest.
La Ferrata del Rouas is a challenging via ferrata in the municipality of Barbonecchia, Turin. The initial part of the route is common between route A and B (B the athletic one). If you follow the athletic variant you reach a wall of about 6 meters in a clear overhang that will require good arm strength to be ascended. The remaining part of the variant is composed of traverse, dihedral and a couple of other overhangs. From the end of the variant (ca 30 ') you can follow a path and rejoin the A route. Along the A route it is possible to encounter a stretch of cave as a variant. Within the variant there is also a short suspension bridge.
The Funs Ferrata in the province of Cuneo it is a beautiful rock wall to climb with the help of many brackets. These make the difficulties rather limited along the way. However, there is a deviation for the difficult variant that goes up a cliff face where a certain physical strength is needed. The difficult variant soon rejoins the normal continuation of the route.
The Pont Canavese Ferrata offers a beautiful medium difficulty route to which a long variant has been added which is to be considered very difficult. It goes up again in marked precipice and requires a good balance to be able to balance itself by stretching the rock to "throw out" and sideways. A quickdraw or a lanyard is useful for stopping.
The Ferrata Contessi at Monte Due Mani is located in the province of Lecco and is one of the most popular routes for enthusiasts in the mid-season. The route is difficult but never extreme except for the ascent of the Torrione della Discordia, which requires good strength for a couple of overhangs and a good habit of being in a void.
The Ferrata delle Balze del Malpasso is located in the Apennines of Reggio Emilia and is of an easy level along its original path. Along a ledge, however, there is a variant for experts that leads to dealing with a wall with a delicate dihedral that, although short, requires good momentum to be traveled. This via ferrata also has a variant that requires the use of one pulley. In fact, this optional variant crosses the underlying torrent twice for a ring-shaped route that leads back to the connecting stretch between the first and second Tibetan bridge.
In the case of the Ferrata Dino Buzzati in the Pale di San Martino we should not speak of a real variant but of the original path. The road ascending to the Cimerlo originally passed inside a narrow chimney and the rust on the windows clashes with respect to the glittering equipment that climbs to the exposed dihedral outside the chimney. The recommended choice is to take the dihedral airy but for experienced hikers and a little adventurers you can try to walk the gloomy chimney. Check the status of the equipment that is no longer maintained.
The recent via ferrata has an easy variant that, after the bridge, extends on the left, mainly on the ledge, in the first part and the second supporting slabs. In 2019 another section of the Rings was inaugurated with greater difficulty than the original routes. This is another variant to add to the present routes.
From the point of view of the ascent route, Costantini does not have a real variant. However the route is very long and the climb to the top of the Moiazza is optional. In fact, having reached the Cresta delle Masenade and following a demanding section of ferrata, we find ourselves at a crossroads: on the right the cable climbs towards the summit on the left, wandering around the summit along Cengia Angelini. The climb takes place through a stretch of ferrata and a non-trivial ridge where large tracts are not protected, although not technically difficult. Once you reach the summit, you retrace your steps to the junction and continue downhill to conclude the route. The round trip variant is about 1 hour and reaches the top of the Moiazza at 2878 m.