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Walking

Walking and Hiking Holidays in Northern Tuscany

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

In 2018 we are offering two very different guided walking holidays exploring the little known and sensational mountains of the Garfagnana. The Apuane Alps, known for Carrara marble and the Apennines, the spine of Italy provide a wide variety of hikes for the adventurous traveller. Our local guides provide a genuine insight into the history and geology, the myths and the legends of this unique upland area and share their experience of living in the valley of the “enchanted forest”.

Wild Tuscany Walking

 

This holiday explores the upland trails and traditional tastes of undiscovered Tuscany and will appeal to the experienced hillwalker and the enthusiastic novice alike. The walks are all challenging, circular routes and involve ascents of up to 1000 metres and last from 5 – 8 hours. A rest day midweek is an excuse to indulge in Italian hospitality and recharge for the challenges ahead.

 

At a Glance:

  • 5 guided day walks  (Grade 4 – 5) with qualified local guides
  • Alpine villages and ancient mule tracks, rocky ridges and sensational peaks
  • 7 nights accommodation in a traditional farmhouse with pool
  • Superlative food: from traditional Tuscan cuisine to modern gourmet delights.
  • Free day to explore Lucca
  • Wine Tasting
  • Small group size. Maximum:11
  • Price: €1095

Tuscany Skyline Trek

 

This holiday involves two short point to point treks across two ranges, staying in mountain refuges and enjoying awesome views of the sea together with the solitude and wildness of the ridgeline. The walks require a confident head for heights and a good level of fitness and will last from 6 – 9 hours. 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 and 3 nights in a traditional farmhouse with pool.
  • Jaw-dropping point to point treks along the ridges and crests, meadows and trading routes.
  • Sunset/night walk in the Apennines.
  • Tuscany’s highest peak, Mt Prado 2054m
  • Small group size. Maximum: 10
  • Price: €1040

 

“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.

Our guide Lindsay was fabulous: very, very personable, great fun and a true outdoor professional. She was always aware of the needs of each member of the group and made the trip a real success! Fabulous accommodation at Lavacchio. A real gem, luxurious, but homely.”

Elizabeth Norton

Colchester, UK

Wild Tuscany Itinerary

Day 1: Pisa airport transfer to 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 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.

Dates 2018

20th May – 27th May                             Full

27th May – 2nd June                             Full

2nd June – 9th June                              Full

 

9th September – 16th September         Places available

16th September – 23rd September       Places available

23rd September – 30th September       Places available

30th September – 6th October              Places available

 

Price: €1095

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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

Food
One of the highlights of any trip to Tuscany is the food and so it proves here. Making the most of our own produce, the menus have been designed to sustain you through a week of activity and to startle you with extraordinary flavours.
A typical daily menu includes:
Breakfast: Homemade granola, yoghurt, fresh fruit and 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 suffice for a sumptuous meal.
 

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!

Home Truths & Useful Information:

  • The price is 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.

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 Lavacchio

Day 5: Relax by the pool. Lunch at 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 2018

 

30th June – 7th July                              Places available

4th August – 11th August                     Places available

 

Price: €1040

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

 

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation for your 3 nights at Lavacchio is based on 2 sharing. A single room is available on payment of a supplement. You will have the use of the pool and the facilities at Lavacchio including the washing machine on the Wednesday morning. 

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

At Lavacchio, all food is provided as for the Wild Tuscany week (see above). This includes a hearty breakfast, a healthy lunch and a 3 course dinner with wine. In each rifugio breakfast is provided, a picnic lunch supplied and a 3 course dinner. The food is likely to be filling and tasty and traditional mountain food (eg prosciutto and cheese, soup, pasta and stews). Drinks have to be purchased at extra cost. We will be supplying 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.

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

 

Temperatures

May: 12C – 20C

June: 14C -26C

July/August: 20C – 30C

September: 15C – 25C