Pisa to Lucca walking holiday in Italy

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Responsible tourism: Pisa to Lucca walking holiday in Italy

Environment

Walking, and particularly walking in pairs or in small (family) groups, not only has a very low impact on the environment but it enhances the contact with, and thus the respect for, the surrounding countryside.

This tour runs through an area where the natural sources, in this case water, have been used to serve the cities nearby for centuries. Here, we will see examples of the collaboration between nature and humans, the simple but ingenious interventions used to store, purify and transport the water, making use of natural materials, elements and forces without substantially affecting the environment (well, the aqueducts are quite impressive but in harmony with the surroundings)

In the itinerary, we explain the history of the area and the engineering of the sites but we also provide background information about the plants and wildlife of the region. We hope this will help you to understand the environment, so that you can experience it instead of simply consuming it: “As you learn more, your understanding will grow, and all your senses will be enhanced”. This region is certainly worth it!

During your visit to the Monti, you will spend two nights in an ancient Podere (a country home), which has its own olive groves and produces in an organic way its own olive oil.

Individual walking tours, in case of good behaviour, are of low impact on the natural environment wildlife. The route book of all hikes contain information about the flora and fauna in the area, often it treats as well the geological aspects that are the foundation, in order to enhance the knowledge and interest in matter. The route book of all hikes recommends to deposit waste in the bins provided or to take it to the next accommodation. Where possible, we work with accommodations that offer a menu ‘km 0’: Every tour proposed contains at least 1 night -on most tours 2- in an agriturismo (farmstays). An agriturimo is obliged (for law) that a certain percentage of what is served derives from their own crops/animals and another percentage derives from neighbour farmers (the minimum percentage differs in each region). In some of the cases farming is organic (sometimes certified, sometimes not).

Community

Although the ways in which the natural resources of the region were used might be ancient, they are still very much in use in the present day. The mountain sides are covered in numerous olive groves, whose crops are used for olive oil. The natural beauty of the countryside and the presence of medieval fortresses and fortified villages like Vicopisano, the Certosa and the Pieve in Claci make this an attractive area for tourism. Nevertheless, the proximity of the two lovely and internationally famous cities of Pisa and Lucca have the charmed the main tourist flows away from the mountains.

Consequently, we are happy to contribute to the economy of the small family-run lodging places in this area that depend mainly on local and national clients (though the numbers these days are dropping) and a few adventurous tourists who delight in leaving the beaten track.

Most of what you eat, drink or use on the tour will have been produced locally. Consumer goods in this case are a bed and a bath, meals and drinks, services such as luggage transport and cleaning but also, on your own initiative, a visit to cultural and/or historical sites that are dotted around the region and the region will be grateful!

We offer individual hiking tours off the beaten track in Italy with the device; ‘to experience instead of consume’. The company aims to offer a ‘full immersion’ in the different areas, not only by leading them through beautiful and interesting environments but also by offering family run accommodations that share the love and respect for the environment and a fine product, and by providing background information regarding everything that might enhance and respond to the interest in the area; history, nature, culture, general notices and others.

2 Reviews of Pisa to Lucca walking holiday in Italy

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Reviewed on 29 Sep 2017 by

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


SEEING THE ROMAN AQUEDUCT

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


DO NOT COUNT ON GOOD HIKING MAPS OR STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS- IN FACT THE ROUTE GUIDES WERE TERRIBLE AS WAS THE MARKING AND
SIGNAGE OF THE TRAILS THEMSELVES. I GOT LOST MANY TIMES AND ACTUALLY ENDED UP IN THE WRONG TOWN THE FIRST DAY WHICH MADE
FOR A VERY LONG HIKING DAY. YOU WILL BE BETTER OFF JUST TAKING LOCAL ROADS UP INTO THE MOUNTAINS AND AVOIDING ANY FOREST TRAILS.

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


NO

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


WOULD NOT DO IT AGAIN.

Read the operator's response here:

We are very sorry that Mr. Slezac did not fully enjoy his holiday and I do apologise for the inconveniences he encountered. This tour, is an ‘off the beaten track’ tour, as are our other tours. It makes use of existing pathways, often without signage since used mainly by the locals that know them by heart. We supply a detailed route description and a map of the region and check the trails regularly to ensure they are up to date.

We would recommend hikers for this trip to be able to read the map and use it for orientation while following the route descriptionThe locals who run the lodgings you stay in always show the utmost availability in giving you a hand when needed, as they did with Mr. Slezac.

As far as resposible tourism is concerned;
We create our tours; ‘to experience instead of consume’ we offer only indivual hiking tours with low impact on the environment, we give background information about history, tradition, wildlife and plants in order to help hikers to understand and respect the environment and the historical artefacts and offer overnight stays in small, family-run lodgings helping thus the local economy. Two nights on this tour are in an centuries old ‘podere’ which has its own olive groves and produces in an organic way olive oil.

When Mr. Slezac was there when the only concert of the Rolling Stones in Italy took place in Lucca and the region were ‘invaded’ by visitors of this concert, what might have given a different idea of the frequentation of the area. We will certainly check trails again soon and will try to optimise the description as good as we can in light of the feedback received.

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2014 by

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


Experiencing rural Tuscany, in particular Buti and Calci.

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


Some parts of the walk are quite steep, be prepared for some scrambling!

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?


Highly enjoyable.

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