Stunning daywalks in the Garfagnana with wonderful hospitality
The rural enclave in northwest Tuscany known as the Garfagnana, meaning 'enchanted forests', is an ideal setting for a walking holiday in Italy. Within reach of the Tuscan gems of Lucca, Pisa and Florence, Garfagnana's appeal lies more in its isolation, lack of tourism and striking scenery.
This area of outstanding natural beauty nestles between two distinct mountain ranges, the spectacular jagged 'marble mountains' of the Alpi Apuane and the rolling spine of Italy, the Apennines. On this walking holiday in Tuscany our paths thread their way between the hilltop and lakeside villages where the traditional rural lifestyle of tending and harvesting their bountiful produce continues.
Every season demands our attention, with carpets of flowers in the crisp springtime giving way to long hot summer days followed by the rich autumnal hues of chestnut and beech forests.
Challenging walking is offered on certain dates, which includes one night spent in a refuge with incredible views across the tranquil mountains (see Dates and Prices).
What makes this trip responsible?
Due to a long and successful working relationship with our local family operator we have been able to play a part in the sustainable development of their business. Since we have been working with the family locally-based operator, we have helped them build a golf course and aided them in the production of their own wine, honey, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables, which we buy for our clients. This trip also utilizes the farmhouse owned by the Giovannetti family as our accommodation.
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Group shot at the summit