Walking

Walking Holidays in Italy

  • Choose the intimacy of a small group walking holiday with an excellent local guide.
  • Indulge in the comforts and luxuries of our organic Tuscan farm with fragrant gardens and far reaching views.
  • Feast on sensational gourmet food made from the freshest local produce and dine under the stars.
  • Taste a range of local wines and discover ancient local grape varieties.
  • Refresh yourself in the salt water pool, relax in a hammock under the fruit trees or indulge in a massage.
  • Enjoy an insight into the history and geology, the customs and the folklore of the area.
  • Visit the ancient walled city of Lucca and marvel at its churches and towers and elegant piazzas.
  • Share the experience with a select band of travellers and revel in the company of new found friends.

Between the marble mountains of the Apuane Alps and the Apennines of northern Tuscany lies the hidden gem of the Garfagnana Valley. Just a short distance north of Lucca and Pisa, this enchanting region offers a rich variety of spectacular hiking together with renowned hospitality and flavours. Join us in exploring the ancient trails of this timeless landscape, hiking over the towering peaks overlooking the sea or trekking along the horizon of Tuscany’s alluring mountains with a small group of like-minded adventurers.

We offer the following three itineraries to match your ability and mountain experience with the best of Tuscan hospitality to ensure a unique and inspiring holiday.

Walking in Wild Tuscany

Tuscany Skyline Trek

Tastes and Trails of Hidden Tuscany

In association with KE Adventure, Tracks and Trails, Cloud 9 Adventure and Wild Trails

Walking in Wild Tuscany

Supper at Col di Lavaccio | walking holidays
  • 5 day walks (Grade 4 – 5) with qualified local guides
  • 7 nights accommodation in a traditional farmhouse with pool
  • Alpine villages and ancient mule tracks, rocky ridges and sensational peaks
  • Superlative food: from traditional Tuscan cuisine to modern gourmet delights.
  • Free day to explore Lucca
  • Wine Tasting
  • Small group size. Maximum:11

Explore the upland trails of undiscovered Tuscany which appeal to the experienced hillwalker and the enthusiastic novice alike. The hikes are challenging, circular routes involving ascents of up to 1000 metres and lasting from 5 – 8 hours. A rest day midweek is an excuse to indulge in Italian hospitality and recharge for the challenges ahead.

Dates 2019

11 May – 18 May 2019

1 June – 8 June 2019

8 June – 15 June 2019

14 September – 21 September 2019

21 September – 28 September 2019

28 September – 5 October 2019

Cost: €1095

  • Based on 2 people sharing a room.  There is a supplement for those who would like a single room.  Please enquire.
  • Airport pick-up will be arranged to suit the majority of the party.  Taxis can be arranged for late arrivals at an additional cost.
Towards Hannibal's Camp | Col di Lavacchio walking holidays

Walking in Wild Tuscany Itinerary

Day 1: Pisa airport transfer to Col di Lavacchio. Welcome drink and briefing. Traditional Garfagnana dinner.

Day 2: Mt Croce 1314m. Woodland-Gorge-Flower meadow-Hamlets. Dinner on the terrace.

Day 3: Sentiero del Moro. Trattoria lunch in Sillico. Story of the chestnut industry. Pizza night at Col di Lavacchio.

Day 4: Mt Giovo 1991m. Woodland trail-Meadow-Hannibal’s camp- Ridge walk. Blind wine tasting challenge.

Day 5: Free day: Explore Lucca or relax by the pool.

Day 6: Pania di Corfino 1603m. Ridge walk-Shepherds’ village-Fountain of Love. Dinner in Barga

Day 7: Pania Massif 1865m. Woodland traverse-1000m ascent-Ridge- Descend the Inferno. Final dinner.

Day 8: Transfer to Pisa after breakfast.

 

“Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! The whole week met and far exceeded my expectations. I can’t recommend this trip enough. A relaxing change for seasoned Trekkers or a great introduction for the uninitiated. I enjoyed everything – amazing accommodation, great food, good walking, great guide.”

Elizabeth Norton

Colchester, UK

Walking in Wild Tuscany Equipment

Essential Equipment

  • A small 30 Litre rucksack
  • Walking boots with good ankle support
  • Comfortable padded walking socks
  • Waterproofs, Hat, Gloves, Fleece or warm jumper
  • Water bottles (2 – 3 litres)
  • Sun screen and sun glasses
  • Towel and swimming things
  • Mountain activity insurance

Useful Equipment

  • European mainland enabled mobile phone
  • Small pair of binoculars
  • Lightweight camera
  • Phrase book
  • Walking poles
  • Blister packs
  • A reasonable level of general fitness!
Monte Ferato ridge | Col di Lavacchio walking holidays
Descending Monte Giovo |Col di Lavacchio walking holidays

Tastes and Trails of Hidden Tuscany

New for 2019

We are introducing a relaxed rambling itinerary to appeal to those who like to stroll down ancient pathways, explore medieval villages and sample the timeless flavours of Tuscany. The week involves gentle walks along ancient trading routes and rural lanes through a variety of landscapes and therefore can open up this remarkable landscape to the most inexperienced hiker. Our guide leads you to spectacular viewpoints, across ancient bridges over tumbling streams and to a range of different rural restaurants in order to gain an insight into this timeless land and its traditions.

  • 5 days guided walking (Grade 2) with qualified local guide
  • 7 nights farmhouse accommodation with swimming pool
  • Superlative local food in restaurants, refuges and farms
  • Winery tour and tasting and day trip to Lucca
  • Small group (Max 11)

Cost: €1315 

Includes: Pisa airport transfers, accommodation, breakfast (x7), lunch (x3), dinner (x5), 5 guided walks

2019 Dates:   18 – 25 May

                      6 – 13 June

                      5 – 12 October

 

Tastes and Trails Itinerary

Day 1: Pisa airport transfer to Col di Lavacchio. Welcome drink and briefing. Traditional Garfagnana dinner.

Day 2: Isola Santa – marble quarry – Col di Favilla (abandoned village) – Puntato meadow and Rifugio for lunch. Dinner in Barga.

Day 3: River valley walk to Mulino Sante – ancient chestnut woods. Ristorante Belvedere  in Sillico for lunch. Winery tour and tasting at Concori, a biodynamic winery.

Day 4: Across the viaduct at Villetta to Poggio – Apuane valley walk to Roccalberti. Lunch at Agriturismo Mulino Roncone. River side walk to Sambucca. Pizza night at Lavacchio.

Day 5: Transfer to train station for a day trip to Lucca. Enjoy cycling the walls, ambling the streets and experience the elegance of this medieval city.

Day 6: Stroll through the rolling meadows and vineyards to Castiglione, a beautiful castellated town. Woodland walk to  C12th mill and bridge. Slow Food lunch in Vecchio Mulino in Castenuovo: sample the region’s traditional products.

Day 7: San Pellegrino – Apennine ridge walk with spectacular views to the sea. Woodland trail to Rifugio Burigone for refreshments. Final dinner to share stories and swap details.

Day 8: After breakfast, a single transfer to Pisa airport.

 

Stunning view from Monte Giovo ridge | Col di Lavacchio walking holidays
Apennine corridor | Col di Lavacchio walking holidays

Tuscany Skyline Trek

Two short point to point treks across two of Italy’s ranges, staying in mountain refuges so that you can enjoy the awesome views of the sea and the solitude and wildness of the ridgeline to the full. You need a confident head for heights and a good level of fitness because the walks last from 6 – 9 hours and you will be carrying all you need for 3 days at a time.

 

At a Glance: 

  • 6 days guided trekking (Grade 6 – 7) with qualified local guides.
  • 4 nights in manned mountain refuges.
  • 3 nights in a traditional farmhouse with pool.
  • Jaw-dropping point to point treks along the ridges and crests, meadows and trading routes of Italy.
  • Sunset/night walk in the Apennines.
  • Tuscany’s highest peak, Monte Prado 2054m
  • Small group size. Maximum: 10
  • Price: €1040

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“The accommodation was lovely and comfortable, set in the hills with a delightful view to rolling hills in the day and twinkling lights in the evening from the town below. The food was delicious and we were provided with gourmet packed lunches for each walk!

The walks themselves were lovely, taking us along tracks through old woods of beech and chestnut and arriving at peaks with more outstanding views across the mountains and towards the sea. Some wonderful memories, I would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend.”

Philly Thackrah

London, England

Tuscany Skyline Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Pisa airport transfer to Lavacchio. Welcome drink and guide’s briefing. Traditional Garfagnana dinner.

Day 2: Transfer to Val Serenaia. Walk to Orto di Donna-Mt Tambura 1890m-Rifugio Nello Conti 1407m (7 hours)

Day 3: Nello Conti- Focola del Vento-Mt Sella 1736m- Rifugio Puliti 1000m (7+ hours)

Day 4: Rifugio Puliti-Passo del Angiola-Mt Altissimo 1589m-Cervaiole Quarry-Arni. Transfer to Col di Lavacchio

Day 5: Relax by the pool. Lunch at Col di Lavacchio. Transfer to Vetricia. Sunset ridge walk to Rifugio Burigone 1420m (5 hours)

Day 6: Rifugio Burigone-San Pellegrino-Le Forbici-Mt Prado 2054m- Rifugio Battisti 1761m (7 hours)

Day 7: Rifugio Battisti-Mt Sillano 1874m-Passo Pradarena-Oasi di Lamastrone. (6 hours) Transfer to Lavacchio

Day 8: Transfer to Pisa airport after breakfast

Dates 2019

13 July – 20 July 2019

3 August -10 August 2019

 

Tuscany Skyline Trek Price: €1040

  • Airport pick-up will be arranged to suit the majority of the party. Taxis can be arranged for late arrivals at an additional cost.

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Accommodation and Food

While you are at Col di Lavacchio, we provide all food as for the Wild Tuscany week (see below) including a hearty breakfast, a healthy lunch and a 3 course dinner with wine.

In the rifugios breakfast, a picnic lunch and a 3 course dinner are provided. The food is generally filling and tasty traditional mountain food (eg prosciutto and cheese, soup, pasta and stews). Drinks can be bought at extra cost. In addition we supply some supplementary goodies to provide much needed energy during the trek. As a rough estimate €10/day should be enough for a couple of drinks.

You will have use of the pool and facilities at Col di Lavacchio including the washing machine on the Wednesday morning.

Your 3 nights at Col di Lavacchio are based on 2 people sharing. A single room is available on payment of a supplement.

Accommodation for the 4 nights on the mountain is in bunk rooms which  have a capacity of between 3 to 12 beds in each room. Showers may be available (sometimes at extra cost) depending on availability of water.

 

Tuscany Skyline Trek Equipment

Essential Equipment

  • A 30-40 litre rucksack
  • Walking boots with good ankle support
  • Comfortable padded socks
  • Waterproofs, hat, gloves, fleece or jumper
  • Sun screen and sun glasses
  • Towel and swimming things
  • Headtorch
  • Mountain activity insurance

 

Temperatures

May: 12C – 20C

June: 14C -26C

July/August: 20C – 30C

September: 15C – 25C

Useful Equipment

  • European mainland enabled mobile phone
  • Small pair binoculars
  • Lightweight camera
  • Phrase book
  • Walking poles
  • Blister packs
  • Sheet sleeping bag (They are supplied)
  • A good level of fitness!

 

Useful Maps

  • 4Land Cartography: Alpi Apuane 1:25,000
  • Carta dei Sentieri No18 Appennino Modenese Garfagnana
  • Carta dei sentieri No15 Appennino Reggiano Lunigiana-Garfagnana

You can pre-order these from us when you book

Food at Col di Lavacchio

One of the highlights of any trip to Tuscany or indeed anywhere in Italy is the food.  Using our own organic produce, our menus will sustain you through the week of activity and startle you with extraordinary flavours.

A typical daily menu includes:

  • Breakfast: Homemade granola, yoghurt, fresh fruit and Col di Lavacchio honey; scrambled eggs; homemade bread and an assortment of jams. Coffee, tea, fruit juice or infusions.
  • Lunch: Spelt salad with roast vegetables and harissa, bread, fruit, cheese, chocolate brownie, muffin
  • Dinner: Gazpacho with home made crusty bread. Herb crusted perch with rosti potatoes, pea puree and garden vegetables. Rhubarb and orange compote with vanilla ice cream and ginger shortbread. Local wines are served with dinner. There is a mini bar with drinks, savoury and sweet snacks as well as a regular trip to a Gelateria.

All dietary requirements can be taken into account.

*Included:

  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 5 Picnic lunches
  • 5 Dinners

*On the free day only breakfast is served. On one other evening we eat out in Barga. A budget of €15 – €40 for a restaurant meal should be enough for a sumptuous meal.