Walking holiday in Tuscany

“A really well priced day, guided small group walking holiday in the lesser known Garfagnana region of Tuscany. Staying in traditional farmhouse with pool.”

Highlights

Orechiella NP| Lago di Vagli | Pania di Corfino | Monte Sumbra | Alpi Apuane NP | Crinali ridge | Monte Vecchio | Monte Prado | Five full days of walking

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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Our top tip:
Get in training and bring walking poles.
Trip type:
Small group holiday, max. 16 people. Min. age 16.
Activity level:
Moderate with options for more challenging. Average 15 kms per day.
Accomm:
Traditional family run farmhouse with pool.
Included:
Flights, accommodation, most meals, transport, tour leader.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Walking holiday in Tuscany

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Activity:
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.

UK Office:
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.

Community

Accommodation 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.

Group Size:
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.

8 Reviews of Walking holiday in Tuscany

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Reviewed on 25 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Food

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Getting to the top of Monte Sumbra - the last day, and a grand walk.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you are fit. Although not hugely high the altitude does affect one, and as the weather was particularly hot - around 35 celsius most days, it was rather more difficult than expected. Some days it felt like a bit of a route march. Take time to enjoy the scenery.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The Agrotourisimo was run by a lovely, welcoming and charming local family and all food was bought locally. We used the local taxi service and trains.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I did enjoy it; probably slighlty more difficult than anticipated due to the altitude, but once acustomised it all flowed. The pool was a life saver at the end of the hot days; eating out under the pergola each evening with house wine was lovely and the scenery to die for. It was a well organised walking holiday with a very competant leader.

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Great hiking, very nice "free day" in Lucca.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for moderately strenuous hiking, this is more than just walking.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 28 May 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Climbing up Mte Prado and our Guide Sara and the great group of people we were with

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It's a great holiday walking can be challenging but worth it go when it is not too hot

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes we stayed with local people ate local food and used local restaurants
and shops

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Walking over limestone pavement at the top of one of the mountains in strong sunshine but a high wind!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for walking up a lot each day, it's often steep. We generally walked up around 600metres and then back down the same every day, and the walks were around 8miles on most days. Also be aware that you'll experience soft
earthy woodland paths, through deciduous woodland but also very rough rocky terrain.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes definitely. 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.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good!

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Lying on my back on the side of a Tuscan hillside in glorious sunshine, with shimmering red and gold autumn colours of the shrubs and plants a delight to look upon while listening to the tinkling bells of the goats being shepherded along by their mountain dog with deer rutting in the distance. And eating my rather nice packed lunch at the same time as enjoying the warmth, sights and sounds of that one day on my own in Tuscany.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you don't want to climb another summit - then don't.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not particularly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The only holiday I've even gone on that I would do again.

Read the operator's response here:

I'm pleased that you had such a fantastic time with us in Italy.

We have used Braccicorti for many years and this farmhouse is owned by the Giovannetti family, they produce a considerable quantity of local produce including wine and honey and also buy from local farmers and thus this money goes directly to the local community which we have been involved with for many years. So we can assure you that your holiday did benefit the local community.

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Reaching the top of Monte Prado, the highest point in Tuscany and no other group in sight. The best kept secret, long may it continue. I plan to go back!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Try to get a few walks in before the trip.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Great experience walking in Garfagnana. Highly recommended. Our guide was well informed and knew the walks well. Good advice given.

Reviewed on 17 May 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Standin ont he top of Monte Prado and enjoying the views!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Great for anyone who enjoys walking.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?




4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent trip

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