- 5 days guided walking through forests with some ascents
- Moderate fitness is required
- More challenging walks on some dates
7 nights farmhouse with swimming pool (open May - Sept).
All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 5 dinners included.
The area is quite hilly and the majority of drives, although short, follow twisty mountain roads through wooded areas. Tuscany can also be very hot, possibly high 30s (C) in the summer. Braccicorti lodge has been renovated keeping the character of the area in mind and should therefore not be considered a luxury villa. There are basic furnishings and rooms are not serviced as you would expect in a hotel.
The Garfagnana area provides enormous scope for some of the most spectacular and interesting walking in Italy, with the added bonus of knowing we will hardly ever see other walkers, other than occasional local Italians. The majority of the paths are good and well maintained, however a few sections are less frequently used and rougher underfoot, with some steep ascents and descents. Some trails can be overgrown and trousers are recommended, as this area is not heavily visited. Early in the season there may be patches of snow and snowshoes may have to be used.
Grade: 3 (Moderate) Most departure dates are graded moderate and ascents and descents of 400 to 700 metres should be expected. We usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day and a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Grade 5 (Challenging) departures For challenging grade weeks, we usually walk between 5 and 8 hours per day.
We spend one night in a comfortable mountain refuge, so we will have to pack our belongings for our two-day ridge excursion into our daypacks (e.g. sleeping bag liner, washing kit, a spare change of clothes). It should not be necessary to carry more than 6-8kg. Items not required on the walk can be left in your room at Braccicorti.
Normal group size and age
Normally 1 to 14, plus UK leader. Minimum age 16.
Our lodge-style base is the welcoming Braccicorti, a traditional stone building tucked away on a hillside on the lower slopes of the Apennines. Situated on a typical Tuscan farm, it has been authentically renovated and is surrounded by meadows, orchards, woodland and vines.
The accommodation comprises 4 twin/double rooms (with en-suite facilities) and 2 apartments, each with 1 twin/double and 1 single room sharing a bathroom. Double or twin should be stated upon booking and the en-suite rooms are on a first come served basis if requested. There is also a dining room, comfortable living room, a quiet room, terrace, golf course with driving range, swimming pool (seasonal - mid May to end of September) and a garden with stunning views to the mountains.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
No experience is necessary; those who take weekend hill walks in areas like the Peak District or Cotswold’s at home should manage a B-grade trek; good health and reasonable fitness are important. These Moderately graded departures are either fairly easy medium-duration walks or harder, shorter walks.
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