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Walking in Tuscany tour
Pisa Tuscany Walking in Tuscany Trip

Walking in Tuscany

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 1,349 $ 169 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Five wonderful daywalks through Tuscany's idyllic mountains
  • Challenging walks on certain weeks
  • Stay in a beautifully situated Tuscan farmhouse with swimming pool 
  • Opportunity to visit Lucca on the free day

Short Description

The Garfagnana region, close to the gems of Lucca, Pisa and Florence, is one of Italy's best-kept secrets and the perfect base for guided walking holidays in Tuscany. The area’s astonishing landscape is a far cry from the rolling hills of southern Tuscany as it lies between the striking peaks of the Alpi Apuane and Apennine mountain ranges, providing us with ample hiking opportunities which, along with picturesque mountaintop and lakeside villages and the warm local hospitality, make for a wonderful trip. Certain dates include more challenging trekking and incorporate one night in a mountain refuge.Walk through Italy across Tuscany's idyllic mountains

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Braccicorti
End City Braccicorti

Destinations

Italy

Cities & Attractions

Pisa Tuscany

Activities

Culture Hiking

Age Requirement

16

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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 5 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Fly to Pisa; transfer to Braccicorti lodge.

Start at our base, a journey of 2 hours from Pisa airport (depending on traffic). **

Day 2 Transfer to the village of Pruno; walk through the Orecchiella N.P. to Pania di Corfino; descend via 16th century Campiana village. (Activity Level 3)

Day 3 Apuane National Park to Monte Sumbra. (Activity Level 3)

Today we drive 40 minutes to the small village of Vianova and begin our walk into the Alpi Apuane NP. Much of our initial ascent is on a wide forest track that continues through the beech wood to our first view point across to the face of Pania della Croce and the Omo Morto range. From here we take a footpath ascending to a limestone plateau where there is an optional ascent to the summit of Monte Sumbra (1765m). Weather permitting, we will enjoy an uninterrupted view of the Alpi Apuane range, the Ligurian coast and the enormous spine of the Apennines. After lunch on the summit we retrace our steps back to the limestone plateau, before heading down through the trees following one of the old charcoal trails back to the minibus. On the way back to Braccicorti, time permitting, we may stop in the lovely town of Careggine. 16km, total ascent: 672m, total descent: 672m, altitude maximum: 1765m.

Day 4 Circular walk from Braccicorti to mediaeval market town Castiglione di Garfagnana. (Activity Level 3)

Having a change of guide for the day, you will walk directly from the farmhouse at 410m, firstly visiting the new town of Villa Collemandina before heading to the church and learning about the history of the area. After this the route will take you on tracks, quiet lanes and footpaths through the local farmland and houses giving you a chance to observe village life. Midway through the day you will arrive at Castiglione di Garfagnana at 545m, a small but beautiful mediaeval town, still inhabited and visited by tourists throughout the year. Castiglione is also the place where the region’s largest and most popular chestnut festival, celebrating the chestnut tree and the growth of truffles and mushrooms, is held in the autumn. After lunch we cross a 13th century bridge below the town leading into more farmland and back to Braccicorti on easy tracks.  19km, total ascent: 145m, total descent: 145m, altitude maximum: 545m.

Day 5 Free day to visit Lucca, the Cinque Terre, Florence or Pisa.

Free day to enjoy any of the following: 1 hr train journey to visit the stunning fortified city of Lucca; 20 minute taxi and 1.5 hr train journey to the coastal UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cinque Terre; 2.5 hr train journey to visit the capital city of Florence, home of Michelangelo's David or the 1.5hr train journey to Pisa where you can ascend the leaning tower and walk along the beautiful river Arno. Other options would be to relax at the farmhouse and if warm enough make use of the sun loungers and outdoor pool or walk down to Lago di Pontecosi for lunch and a stroll through the local area or take 10 minutes train along to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana for lunch and a walk to the old castle.

Day 6 Campocatino and San Viviano's Hermitage. (Activity Level 3)

A drive of 25 minutes to Lago di Vagli with its submerged village and impressive backdrop of Monte Sumbra will bring us to the start point for the day; Vagli Sotto. From here we walk on a small footpath to the town of Vagli Sopra where we continue to ascend on a section of the pilgrimage walk through the chestnut wood to arrive at the 16th century shepherds village of Campocatino. Wandering through the village and seeing the beautiful terraced meadows, protected by the impressive wall of Roccandagia, it is easy to understand why the shepherds chose this location. From here we continue to our highest point for the day at 1190m before descending through the trees to San Viviano's hermitage. Built into the rock face, the tiny hermitage is said to be where San Viviano lived before his bones were finally discovered in 1993. It is now used as a chapel and pilgrimage site. Our descent takes a rarely used mountain path with views across the valley before arriving back at the bus. 12.5km, total ascent: 630m, total descent: 630m, altitude maximum: 1190m.

Day 7 Drive to Casone; head through beech forest into the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano N.P. to the summit of Monte Prado. (Activity Level 3)

We start the day with a 40 minute drive to the small ski area of Casone. Walking through beech wood brings us to the beginning of the Crinali ridge, a section of the 1600km Apennine ridge in the Tosco/Emiliano/Apennino NP, offering some of the most impressive views of the week. Below is a basin of fiery colours from the forest between the ridge line of Tuscany and the opposite ridge of Emilia Romagna. Our route takes us along the undulating ridge on an easy path leading us up onto the peak of Monte Prado, the highest in Tuscany at 2054m. After lunch we retrace our steps along the ridge before descending on another route leading us through woodland back to Casone where there is a bar to enjoy a well earned drink. 16km, total ascent: 740m, total descent: 740m, altitude maximum: 2054m.

Day 8 Transfer to Pisa; fly to London.

Transfer back to Pisa; fly to London. Please note that at times, especially during summer months, the inbound flight can be late in the evening. In this instance you will have additional time to spend in Pisa. Leader will take care of all arrangements in terms of transport from/to the airport and the city centre and luggage storage. It may also happen that, for logistical reasons, on return we will have to be at the airport earlier than normally scheduled. This will mean a longer waiting time before checking in. 



Land Only

Day 1 Start Braccicorti

Start at Braccicorti lodge, approximately 6kms from Castelnuovo di Garfagnana and 2 hours from Pisa airport.

Day 2 Transfer to the village of Pruno; walk through the Orecchiella N.P. to Pania di Corfino; descend via 16th century Campiana village. (Activity Level 3)

Day 3 Apuane National Park to Monte Sumbra. (Activity Level 3)

Today we drive 40 minutes to the small village of Vianova and begin our walk into the Alpi Apuane NP. Much of our initial ascent is on a wide forest track that continues through the beech wood to our first view point across to the face of Pania della Croce and the Omo Morto range. From here we take a footpath ascending to a limestone plateau where there is an optional ascent to the summit of Monte Sumbra (1765m). Weather permitting, we will enjoy an uninterrupted view of the Alpi Apuane range, the Ligurian coast and the enormous spine of the Apennines. After lunch on the summit we retrace our steps back to the limestone plateau, before heading down through the trees following one of the old charcoal trails back to the minibus. On the way back to Braccicorti, time permitting, we may stop in the lovely town of Careggine. 16km, total ascent: 672m, total descent: 672m, altitude maximum: 1765m.

Day 4 Circular walk from Braccicorti to mediaeval market town Castiglione di Garfagnana. (Activity Level 3)

Having a change of guide for the day, you will walk directly from the farmhouse at 410m, firstly visiting the new town of Villa Collemandina before heading to the church and learning about the history of the area. After this the route will take you on tracks, quiet lanes and footpaths through the local farmland and houses giving you a chance to observe village life. Midway through the day you will arrive at Castiglione di Garfagnana at 545m, a small but beautiful mediaeval town, still inhabited and visited by tourists throughout the year. Castiglione is also the place where the region’s largest and most popular chestnut festival, celebrating the chestnut tree and the growth of truffles and mushrooms, is held in the autumn. After lunch we cross a 13th century bridge below the town leading into more farmland and back to Braccicorti on easy tracks.  19km, total ascent: 145m, total descent: 145m, altitude maximum: 545m.

Day 5 Free day to visit Lucca, the Cinque Terre, Florence or Pisa.

Free day to enjoy any of the following: 1 hr train journey to visit the stunning fortified city of Lucca; 20 minute taxi and 1.5 hr train journey to the coastal UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cinque Terre; 2.5 hr train journey to visit the capital city of Florence, home of Michelangelo's David or the 1.5hr train journey to Pisa where you can ascend the leaning tower and walk along the beautiful river Arno. Other options would be to relax at the farmhouse and if warm enough make use of the sun loungers and outdoor pool or walk down to Lago di Pontecosi for lunch and a stroll through the local area or take 10 minutes train along to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana for lunch and a walk to the old castle.

Day 6 Campocatino and San Viviano's Hermitage. (Activity Level 3)

A drive of 25 minutes to Lago di Vagli with its submerged village and impressive backdrop of Monte Sumbra will bring us to the start point for the day; Vagli Sotto. From here we walk on a small footpath to the town of Vagli Sopra where we continue to ascend on a section of the pilgrimage walk through the chestnut wood to arrive at the 16th century shepherds village of Campocatino. Wandering through the village and seeing the beautiful terraced meadows, protected by the impressive wall of Roccandagia, it is easy to understand why the shepherds chose this location. From here we continue to our highest point for the day at 1190m before descending through the trees to San Viviano's hermitage. Built into the rock face, the tiny hermitage is said to be where San Viviano lived before his bones were finally discovered in 1993. It is now used as a chapel and pilgrimage site. Our descent takes a rarely used mountain path with views across the valley before arriving back at the bus. 12.5km, total ascent: 630m, total descent: 630m, altitude maximum: 1190m.

Day 7 Drive to Casone; head through beech forest into the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano N.P. to the summit of Monte Prado. (Activity Level 3)

We start the day with a 40 minute drive to the small ski area of Casone. Walking through beech wood brings us to the beginning of the Crinali ridge, a section of the 1600km Apennine ridge in the Tosco/Emiliano/Apennino NP, offering some of the most impressive views of the week. Below is a basin of fiery colours from the forest between the ridge line of Tuscany and the opposite ridge of Emilia Romagna. Our route takes us along the undulating ridge on an easy path leading us up onto the peak of Monte Prado, the highest in Tuscany at 2054m. After lunch we retrace our steps along the ridge before descending on another route leading us through woodland back to Casone where there is a bar to enjoy a well earned drink. 16km, total ascent: 740m, total descent: 740m, altitude maximum: 2054m.

Day 8 End Braccicorti.

The trip ends at Braccicorti. **

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Excellent trip

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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
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It was a fantastic trip with some relay amazing walks and views.
The mountains the open space and the views are breath taking.


The views the open space


I would recommend this trip


it was perfect


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A Truly Fabulous Walking Holiday

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This was a fabulous trip from start to finish. Beautiful and diverse scenery,
great walking, great weather, and a great guide (Sara Bull). The grounds and
views from the farmhouse at Braccicorti are stunning and it really is a great
escape from the normality of everyday life. It was lovely to be able to
relax in the pool after a day's walking.
I loved the ridge walks and scrambling so my favourite walking days were
Monday when we did Dead Mans Belly and the Valley of Hell, Tuesday when we
did Monte Tambura and Thursday when we did Monte Prado and Monte Cusna.
Essentially I loved it all.


Sara is an excellent guide, she goes above and beyond, although I think we
were quite an easy going undemanding group. She's very knowledgeable about
the local area, history and culture, and is a lovely person, really easy to
talk to and get along with. She also does a lot of other high altitude treks
so if you're interested in other trips it's worth picking her brains.


If like me, you're not a fan of a continental style breakfast, bring some
snack bars.
You may also want to bring ear plugs for the night in the refugio.
And remember to bring your swimwear for the pool.


Simply brilliant trip all round and I'd recommend it.


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'Happiness from small things'

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' 'Happiness from small things' is what we want to give our guests; peace and
tranquillity from our countryside, and company with which to discover the
secrets and beautiful areas of Garfagnana' so says the Agriturismo
Braccicorti website - and this trip provided just that.

I was a little apprehensive initially, never having done an Exodus trip
before and because my own level of fitness wasn’t what it had been and
should have been. Yet, those apprehensions dissipated when I met the group
and discovered Tuscany.
Great company in my trekking companions and leader, and kind hospitality from
the family – an enjoyable and memorable break overall (despite the pain in
my knees!).
Just stopping and taking in the breathtaking and spectacular scenery of the
region, whilst walking or relaxing at the farmhouse.

(and finding out that one member of our group had scaled Everest - three
times!!)


Liz excelled at every level. In addition to being immensely knowledgeable and
organised, she was incredibly industrious, understanding, caring, funny,
helpful - and very, very patient! It was very evident that she was passionate
about the region, the walking/activity and her role. I cannot believe she
eats cake!
A worthy runner up for the Tour Leader Awards in 2014 (check out the Exodus
website!) – but very much a winner in 2018 ;-)


Ignore any apprehensions and go for it! Take mossie repellent.


As others have commented - perhaps the trip could be extended to ten days? Or
offer some dates for a ten days.


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Great Holiday and Superb Walking

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A great holiday with excellent walks which were enjoyable as well as being
physically quite demanding. Liz, our guide for the week, made the holiday
extra special as she was a superb leader who always went the 'extra mile' to
please everyone.
The 2 day trip to the hut was a fantastic part of the holiday.


Liz was excellent. She was knowledgeable about the area and always got the
best out of group with her support. She had a great personality and was never
bossy as some leaders can be. Her own level of fitness was an inspiration.


Go for it!


The food in the Braccicorti was a little disappointing. Breakfasts were good
and it was helpful to be able to make your own packed lunch from the
ingredients provided although there was room for improvement with some of
these items eg the bread and the packet cakes. Dinners could have been better
eg salad was usually just a bowl of chopped lettuce, pasta was quite bland
and the meat was disappointing. The red wine was however much appreciated.


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Walking in Tuscany

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What a fantastic trip,the weather,the acomadation,the scenery,Trek Leader &
her Dog ( Elvis ) only one word to describe it.

BEAUTIFUL !!
All of it !!


Sara was Excellent, she was very informative she was a damn good cook ( cakes
) very knowledgable. Helped us in any way she could,Hat's off to her
fantastic.OBE,MBE She deserves a bloody Medal !
Never let this Women leave Exodus !
Everything that she recommended was spot on.


If Sara Bull is the Trek Leader go for it you won't be disappointed.
Tuscany is Beautiful.
We went to Pisa a day early before the trip started and it is well worth a
visit.
On our day off we went to the ancient walled town of Luca which was again
well worth seeing.


One week was not enough.a 10 day Trip would be nice ?


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Some people might be misled in thinking this is a walk in the park, before booking, it should be entitled trekking in the mountains of Tuscany

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A brilliant experience and can't wait to go on the next one.
Having walked up a mountain, with sweat pouring out of me, breathing deeply,
with the sun beating down on us, to get to the top of the mountain, to see
the views in the distance below and the mountains in the distance across
makes it all worth while. This happened everyday.


Sara was the female version of Gear Grylls, though she didn't have us
drinking our urine!
She is very knowledgeable about the Region, the language, and health and
safety in trekking.
She has trekked in jungles of Africa, South America, to name but a few.
She is a trained medic.


If you have never done any trekking, prepare well, to get the most out of
this exhilarating experience.
Go for walks starting 6 weeks before travel building up to 10 miles the week
before, to harden up your feet and to get your feet used to wearing boots.


More emphasis should be made on the need for Isotonic refreshments to keep
you energised with the correct minerals for all day trekking


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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 14

Accomodations

7 nights farmhouse with swimming pool
5 days centre-based walking
Moderate fitness is required
More challenging walks on specified dates

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 7 nights farmhouse with swimming pool
  • 8 days land only/ flight inclusive
  • 5 days centre-based walking; 1 free day
  • Altitude maximum 2054m, average 1000m
  • Challenging departures on selected weeks

Trip ID#:

exodus-TDT

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request from GBP175 - limited availability)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners are included. Continental style breakfast with a choice of cereal, bread, yoghurt, eggs and fruit with milk, fruit juice and an array of teas/coffee. Packed lunches are provided for the daywalks  with a buffet style selection of meat, cheese, fish, salad, bread and salad mix such as panzanella with a cake and fruit. Starters include the Garfagnana soup, Pesto pasta, Bresaola or risotto with locally made bread, water and Braccicorti red wine.  Main course can be stuffed peppers and courgettes with local cheese and pancetta, roasted meats, locally caught trout or a vegetarian dish such as aubergine and mozzarella bake with home grown vegetables and salad. Each meal is finished with a small dessert of homemade tiramisu, panna cotta, gelato or fruit salad and on occasions followed with the offer of homemade grappa or amaretto.   Vegetarians are usually well catered for in this area. For those who require gluten free diets, we recommend taking items with you, as it is not easy to purchase gluten free products locally.

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