Walking holiday in Tuscany
Minimum age 16.
Description of Walking holiday in Tuscany
This is a walking holiday in Tuscany with a difference. Focusing on the northern region of Garfagnana, this is a world away from the classic rolling hills of the Tuscan south, as it borders the mountain ranges of Alpi Apuane and the Apennines, creating a dramatic landscape of emerald mountains, lakeside villages and wide valleys. The Tuscan hospitality and fine cuisine is still very much present though!
Over five days’ walking you’ll explore the beech woodland of Orechiella National Park, wander through the 16th century shepherds’ village of Campocatino, and visit the San Viano hermitage, built into a cliff face. On some days during this walking holiday in Tuscany you’ll be joined by a local guide, who can share stories of Garfagnana – and advise on the best places to stop for caffe or aperitivi. Some departures offer more challenging treks up to limestone plateaus and mountain peaks for sweeping views of the surrounding landscape – as well as one night in a comfortable mountain hut.
Each evening you’ll return to your cosy, lodge-style farmhouse at Braccicorti, which has a swimming pool. A free day gives you the chance to explore further afield on excursions to Cinque Terre, Florence or Pisa, relax by the pool, or stroll through the nearby town.
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7 Reviews of Walking holiday in Tuscany
Reviewed on 24 Apr 2022 by Jill CadorathExcellent all round - great guide, wonderful companions (only 7 of us in total) and a feeling of being part of the community for a week. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Aug 2019 by Gemma DaviesExcellent Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Jul 2019 by Hilary GleggEating out under the pergola each evening with house wine was lovely and the scenery to die for. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Oct 2018 by Carrie BeallExcellent..Great hiking, very nice "free day" in Lucca. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 May 2017 by Anne SimmonsExcellent...Climbing up Mte Prado and our Guide Sara and the great group of people we were with Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Sep 2014 by Sue HaseltineVery good!....It was lovely to be looked after by the family at Braccicorti who housed and fed us wonderfully. Sara our guide took us to shops in the local area who sold local produce as well and we could buy some things like home grown sun dried tomatoes and red wine from the farm we were staying on. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Oct 2013 by Mary WatkinThe only holiday I've even gone on that I would do again. Read full review
As a walking holiday, this trip has very limited detrimental impact upon the environment, residents and communities in the regions we visit. Adverse effects like pollution and threatening wildlife do not come into play and although erosion on popular paths can be an issue, guides can advise pre-planned routes to avoid this. Trekking also allows for flexibility and allows for easy access to the local population, shops and restaurants, which facilitates cultural exploration. By operating consciously with a ‘leave no trace’ policy, we are able to raise local awareness for a kind of tourism which refuses to sacrifice the environment and real connections with people.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and Meals:
We will spend 7 nights at Braccicorti, a lodge-style farmhouse or ‘Agriturismo’ as they are known in Italy. For challenging grade departures, one of these nights is replaced with mountain hut accommodation. Using a locally run Agriturismo is a great way to support the agricultural community by giving farmers an alternative source of income. In order to be part of the Agriturismo Association, it is a requirement to hire local staff and to use local produce. So where meals are supplied, fresh and seasonal ingredients like the Farro grain and abundant sweet chestnut are used to make regional specialties. Where meals are not supplied, it is part of the trip to stop at local cafes and restaurants. Here we can support these businesses, engage with locals and try some authentic cuisine.
Local Craft and Culture:
There are plenty of unique villages and historical sites along our route, including the 16th century shepherds village of Campocatino, San Viano's rock-hewn hermitage and Villa Collemandina with its church and quaint cafes. A local guide joins the group in Castiglione di Garfagnana, a small but beautiful walled town where Italy's largest and most popular chestnut festival is held in Autumn. Should you arrive on this date, you will be able to experience the long held tradition celebrating local chestnuts, truffles and mushrooms. Clients will also have the chance to see locals go about day to day life at various markets. This is a great chance to learn something about local produce and to support small suppliers.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.