Walking

This year we are offering two very different guided walking holidays exploring the little known and sensational mountains of the Garfagnana region of Tuscany, Italy.

Our local guides provide a genuine insight into the history and geology, the myths and the legends of this unique area, sharing their experience of living in the valley of the “enchanted forest”.  The Apuane Alps which are known for Carrara marble and the Apennines, the spine of Italy, provide a wide variety of hikes for the adventurous traveller. .

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

Wild Tuscany Walking Holiday

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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.

 

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:  From €1095

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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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“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 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.

Dates 2018

22 – 29 September 2018 (6 places available)

Dates 2019

18 May – 25 May 2019

25 May – 1 June 2019

1 June – 8 June 2019

8 June – 15 June 2019

7 September – 14 September 2019

14 September – 21 September 2019

21 September – 28 September 2019

28 September – 5 October 2019

 

Wild Tuscany Walk Price: From €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.

“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.

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.

 

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. 

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Wild Tuscany Walking 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!

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