Walking vacation in Tuscany
A really well priced day, guided small group walking vacation in the lesser known Garfagnana region of Tuscany. Staying in traditional farmhouse with pool.
Orechiella NP Lago di Vagli Pania di Corfino Monte Sumbra Alpi Apuane NP Crinali ridge Monte Vecchio Monte Prado Five full days of walking
US $1849ToUS $2179excluding flights
Minimum age 16.
Description of Walking vacation in Tuscany
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
Get in training and bring walking poles.
Small group vacation, max. 16 people. Min. age 16.
Moderate with options for more challenging. Average 15 kms per day.
Traditional family run farmhouse with pool.
Flights, accommodation, most meals, transport, tour leader.
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
7 Reviews of Walking vacation in Tuscany
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 25 Aug 2019 by Gemma DaviesExcellent Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Jul 2019 by Hilary GleggEating out under the pergola each evening with house wine was lovely and the scenery to die for. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Oct 2018 by Carrie BeallExcellent..Great hiking, very nice "free day" in Lucca. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 May 2017 by Anne SimmonsExcellent...Climbing up Mte Prado and our Guide Sara and the great group of people we were with Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Sep 2014 by Sue HaseltineVery good!....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. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Oct 2013 by Mary WatkinThe only vacation I've even gone on that I would do again. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jul 2011 by Marie Therese FilippiMost memorable was 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! Read full review
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As a walking vacation, 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.
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PeopleAccommodation 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.
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.