The Ferrata della Regina (literally "Queen's Ferrata") is a road that runs along a wide stretch of ledges that characterize the relief of Su Monte near the town of Monteleone Rocca Doria south of Sassari near the Temo lake.
The starting point of the itinerary is on the Panoramic Road Subramonte that goes around Monteleone Rocca Doria. The road goes around the town and you will notice a wooden notice board with information for the via ferrata inside. Park the car and follow the directions.
Directions for Google Maps available here.
From the dirt road continue until you reach a sign that tells us to take a marked downhill path. Go down the steps first, then turn right and always go down to a rocky roof. Follow the path under a majestic wall. The path continues between ups and downs up to a spring and in fact we have reached the start of the Via Ferrata della Regina (20 'from the car) marked by a wooden slab.
The start on the via ferrata is very special. It is a network composed of sheathed cables. Go up this unique staircase, go up the vertical wall using the brackets that guide us. We quickly gain altitude so the cable turns to the left and we continue horizontally on brackets. Once the horizontal section is finished, the cable starts up steeply vertically, always accompanied by an abundance of brackets. This section ends after a passage in slight overhang and deposits us on a wide ledge. Continuing on the ledge, we reach a crossroads: on the right the escape route, straight to continue in the ferrata.
Continue along the path until you see a sign indicating that you should continue to the left until you reach a stairway with metal reinforcement to go downhill. From the ledge below we continue horizontally until we reach a series of changes to go downhill seeing the suspension bridge below us. Pass the Tibetan 3-string bridge and reach a vertical wall aided with changing slings uphill. At the end of this section, follow a ledge to the right under a roof, effectively ending the via ferrata (1h 15 'from the start - 1h 30' total).
Follow the return path that soon brings us back to the approach path and then uphill to the car (20 'from the end of the via ferrata - 1h 50' total).
The Ferrata della Regina is fully aided with brackets along all the walls. This feature makes it technically not difficult. The airy is present along large tracts of the itinerary and the Tibetan bridge (about 15-20 meters) is certainly adrenaline.
The Ferrata della Regina is one of the 6 ferratas present in Sardinia. Less than 2 hours drive away is the Ferrata del Cabirol, the Ferrata of the Medusa Castle, the Ferrata of Badde Pentumas and the Via Ferrata Giorrè. If you wanted to do the Via Ferrata degli Angeli in Tavolara it is necessary to organize in time considering the need to take a boat. Descending in the direction of Carbonia Iglesias we can follow the Pan di Zucchero and Gutturu Xeu.
Approach: 0:20 h
Ferrata: 1:15 h
Itinerary: 2:00 h
Via Ferrata gap: 70 m
Route difference: 70 m
Max altitude: 400 m
Length: 1.4 Km