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Activities

  • Local Life
  • Food

    • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners are included. Breakfast is continental style with a choice of cereal, bread, yoghurt and milk with an array of teas and coffee. Packed lunches are provided for the daywalks. All included dinners are taken at Braccicorti (on challenging graded weeks 1 dinner is taken in the mountain refuge). Vegetarians are usually well catered for in this area.

    Activities

    • Accom: hotel/lodge
    • Adult group
    • Culture & Discovery
    • Go local
    • Solo departures
    • Walking & Trekking
    • Walking centre-based
    • Small Adult Group
    • Food

      • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners are included. Breakfast is continental style with a choice of cereal, bread, yoghurt and milk with an array of teas and coffee. Packed lunches are provided for the daywalks. All included dinners are taken at Braccicorti (on challenging graded weeks 1 dinner is taken in the mountain refuge). Vegetarians are usually well catered for in this area.

      Activities

      • Guided Group
      • Food

        • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners are included. Continental style breakfast with a choice of cereal, bread, yoghurt, eggs and fruit with milk, fruit juice and an array of teas/coffee. Packed lunches are provided for the daywalks  with a buffet style selection of meat, cheese, fish, salad, bread and salad mix such as panzanella with a cake and fruit. At Braccicorti you will taste the quality and the freshness of the ingredients together with the knowledge of old Tuscan recipes handed down from mother to daughter of the Giovanetti family and mixed together with a great passion for cooking. Starters include the Garfagnana soup, Pesto pasta, Bresaola or risotto with locally made bread, water and Braccicorti red wine.  Main course can be stuffed peppers and courgettes with local cheese and pancetta, roasted meats, locally caught trout or a vegetarian dish such as aubergine and mozzarella bake with home grown vegetables and salad. Each meal is finished with a small dessert of homemade tiramisu, panna cotta, gelato or fruit salad and on occasions followed with the offer of homemade grappa or amaretto.   Vegetarians are usually well catered for in this area. For those who require gluten free diets, we recommend taking items with you, as it is not easy to purchase gluten free products locally.

        Activities

        • Centre-based
  • 1

    Start Braccicorti

    Start at Braccicorti lodge, approximately 6kms from Castelnuovo di Garfagnana and 2 hours from Pisa airport.

  • 2

    Transfer to the village of Pruno; walk through the Orecchiella N.P. to Pania di Corfino; descend via 16th century Campiana village. (Activity Level 3)

    After breakfast at Braccicorti we drive to the small village of Pruno where we begin our walk into the Orecchiella National Park, home to a variety of flora and fauna changing throughout the year. In spring it can be covered in snow when wolf, deer and mountain hare tracks are easily identifiable. Late spring and summer, the land is carpeted with an array of beautiful flowers and the beech trees begin to grow their iridescent lime green leaves which then change to deep oranges, browns and reds in the Autumn. If we are lucky we might spot a number of birds of prey; the common buzzard, the honey buzzard or one of the resident golden eagles. Set amongst the beautiful beech wood our walk steadily ascends to the flat summit of Pania di Corfino with its stunning 360 degrees views. After a leisurely picnic lunch we head to the 16th century village of Campaiana before following an ancient mule track which descends to the town of Corfino. 13km, total ascent: 603m, total descent: 603m, altitude maximum: 1603m.

  • 3

    Apuane National Park to Monte Sumbra. (Activity Level 3)

    Today we drive 40 minutes to the small village of Vianova and begin our walk into the Alpi Apuane NP. Much of our initial ascent is on a wide forest track that continues through the beech wood to our first view point across to the face of Pania della Croce and the Omo Morto range. From here we take a footpath ascending to a limestone plateau where there is an optional ascent to the summit of Monte Sumbra (1765m). Weather permitting, we will enjoy an uninterrupted view of the Alpi Apuane range, the Ligurian coast and the enormous spine of the Apennines. After lunch on the summit we retrace our steps back to the limestone plateau, before heading down through the trees following one of the old charcoal trails back to the minibus. On the way back to Braccicorti, time permitting, we may stop in the lovely town of Careggine. 16km, total ascent: 672m, total descent: 672m, altitude maximum: 1765m.

  • 4

    Circular walk from Braccicorti to mediaeval market town Castiglione di Garfagnana. (Activity Level 3)

    Having a change of guide for the day, you will walk directly from the farmhouse at 410m, firstly visiting the new town of Villa Collemandina before heading to the church and learning about the history of the area. After this the route will take you on tracks, quiet lanes and footpaths through the local farmland and houses giving you a chance to observe village life. Midway through the day you will arrive at Castiglione di Garfagnana at 545m, a small but beautiful mediaeval town, still inhabited and visited by tourists throughout the year. Castiglione is also the place where the region’s largest and most popular chestnut festival, celebrating the chestnut tree and the growth of truffles and mushrooms, is held in the autumn. After lunch we cross a 13th century bridge below the town leading into more farmland and back to Braccicorti on easy tracks.  19km, total ascent: 145m, total descent: 145m, altitude maximum: 545m.

  • 5

    Free day to visit Lucca, the Cinque Terre, Florence or Pisa.

    Free day to enjoy any of the following: 1 hr train journey to visit the stunning fortified city of Lucca; 20 minute taxi and 1.5 hr train journey to the coastal UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cinque Terre; 2.5 hr train journey to visit the capital city of Florence, home of Michelangelo's David or the 1.5hr train journey to Pisa where you can ascend the leaning tower and walk along the beautiful river Arno. Other options would be to relax at the farmhouse and if warm enough make use of the sun loungers and outdoor pool or walk down to Lago di Pontecosi for lunch and a stroll through the local area or take 10 minutes train along to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana for lunch and a walk to the old castle.

  • 6

    Campocatino and San Viviano's Hermitage. (Activity Level 3)

    A drive of 25 minutes to Lago di Vagli with its submerged village and impressive backdrop of Monte Sumbra will bring us to the start point for the day; Vagli Sotto. From here we walk on a small footpath to the town of Vagli Sopra where we continue to ascend on a section of the pilgrimage walk through the chestnut wood to arrive at the 16th century shepherds village of Campocatino. Wandering through the village and seeing the beautiful terraced meadows, protected by the impressive wall of Roccandagia, it is easy to understand why the shepherds chose this location. From here we continue to our highest point for the day at 1190m before descending through the trees to San Viviano's hermitage. Built into the rock face, the tiny hermitage is said to be where San Viviano lived before his bones were finally discovered in 1993. It is now used as a chapel and pilgrimage site. Our descent takes a rarely used mountain path with views across the valley before arriving back at the bus. 12.5km, total ascent: 630m, total descent: 630m, altitude maximum: 1190m.

  • 7

    Drive to Casone; head through beech forest into the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano N.P. to the summit of Monte Prado. (Activity Level 3)

    We start the day with a 40 minute drive to the small ski area of Casone. Walking through beech wood brings us to the beginning of the Crinali ridge, a section of the 1600km Apennine ridge in the Tosco/Emiliano/Apennino NP, offering some of the most impressive views of the week. Below is a basin of fiery colours from the forest between the ridge line of Tuscany and the opposite ridge of Emilia Romagna. Our route takes us along the undulating ridge on an easy path leading us up onto the peak of Monte Prado, the highest in Tuscany at 2054m. After lunch we retrace our steps along the ridge before descending on another route leading us through woodland back to Casone where there is a bar to enjoy a well earned drink. 16km, total ascent: 740m, total descent: 740m, altitude maximum: 2054m.

  • 8

    End Braccicorti.

    The trip ends at Braccicorti. **

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