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4 days to discover the most beautiful lakes in Garfagnana: relaxation, nature and fun.

4 days to discover the most beautiful lakes in Garfagnana

Programme

Surrounded by green mountains and enchanting hills, these natural paradises today more than ever have something to offer for everyone.

The lakes of Garfagnana paint enchanting landscapes, due to the extraordinary richness of the ecosystems that have formed over millennia and to the great development of different animal and plant species. The small lakes are a destination for exciting excursions to discover incomparable landscapes. A microcosm of emotions to be explored, following one’s instincts and passions, savouring their scents and flavours.

And with their marvellous landscapes, they tend to leave the people who visit them enchanted.

Late morning arrival in Garfagnana, by own means.

Meeting with the guide in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana where the tour begins. Check-In. Accommodation in the reserved rooms. Presentation of the programme by one of our representatives.

A HEALTH WALK ON LAKE PONTECOSI

A five-minute drive is all it takes to reach Lake Pontecosi. Here we can enjoy half a day of total relaxation in the cool, peaceful silence of this beautiful lake,

a magical place in a beautiful atmosphere, to observe the nature that surrounds it. A walk along the lake to the little church and the ancient bridge.

– Lunch Box not included

FROM STABLE TO TABLE: VISIT TO A CHEESE DAIRY

The producer opens the doors of his dairy and shows us the process of milk processing. In the late afternoon, we sample the different cheeses produced by the producer, accompanied by bread and honey.

– We have dinner in a typical “Garfagnino” restaurant with a tasting of the local cuisine.

– Return to the hotel. Overnight stay

Today’s whole day is dedicated to visiting Col di Favilla and the Lake of Isola Santa.

THE UNINHABITED VILLAGE OF COL DI FAVILLA

Our guided excursion takes us up there, hidden in the Apuan Alps, to Col di Favilla, a small village isolated from the rest of the world, in the commune of Stazzema, one of the highest in the Apuan Alps, preserved by the chestnut woods and now uninhabited for many years. It is located at 940 metres above sea level astride the wooded hill that runs from the north-eastern crest of Monte Corchia to Isola Santa and is dominated by the mighty Pizzo delle Saette. From the square in front of the church there is a beautiful view of Monte Freddone and Monte Sumbra and, opposite, there is a spring where the two paths leading to this village meet.

– Luch Box not included

GREEN LAKE OF ISOLA SANTA

In the afternoon, visit to the small lake nestled between the Apennines, the lake of Isola Santa: peace and tranquillity immersed in the triumph of nature. A place suspended in time of extraordinary beauty. A paradise for fishermen.

-Dinner in a typical osteria.

-Return to the hotel. Overnight stay.

Today’s entire day is dedicated to visiting Lake Vagli and its surroundings.

LAKE OF VAGLI AND THE HERMITAGE OF SAN VIVIANO

In the morning, in Vagli di Sotto, we visit the suspension bridge and Lake Vagli, which, when drained for maintenance work, magically brings to the surface the ghostly ruins of a ghost town: Fabbriche di Careggine. We then take a 15 minute drive to Campocatino, a LIPU Oasis located in the splendid scenery of the Apuan Alps, situated and closed off to the north by the peaks of Mount Pisanino and to the south by Mount Sumbra. We will walk along the Campocatino Nature Trail.

This is a short circular walk, which allows you to visit the entire basin of glacial origin of Campocatino.

Starting from the “tollhouses” of the old alpine pastureland, crossing the shelves that were once worked, we arrive at the beech woods at the foot of the wall of Mount Roccandagia: a walk of about 2 hours (tot 4 km and 200 m+) towards the hermitage of San Viviano, a real wolf church, set in the rock at about 1090 metres above sea level. In this inhospitable place, the Blessed Viviano (Viano) led his life as a hermit, feeding on the wild cabbages that miraculously grew in abundance on the bare rocky walls.

– Pack lunch not included. Afternoon relaxation along the lake. Dinner in a typical osteria.

– Return to the hotel. Overnight stay.

Today’s full day takes us to visit Lake Gramolazzo and its surroundings.

PIAZZA AL SERCHIO THE FORTRESS OF CASTELVECCHIO

Departure at 9:00 am from Castelnuovo di Garfagnana in the direction of Piazza al Serchio. Visit to the small town, where you can admire the Parish Church of San Pietro, the Fortress of Castelvecchio and the medieval Bridge of San Michele.

LAKE OF GRAMOLAZZO WHERE THE ROCKY PEAKS OF THE ROCCANDAGIA, TAMBURA, PISANINO AND PIZZO D’UCCELLO MOUNTAINS ARE REFLECTED.

In the late morning we drive 15 minutes to Gorfigliano and visit the Museo dell’identità dell’Alta Garfagnana “Olimpio Cammelli”. This is a structure of absolute historical interest, since it is dedicated to the material culture of the Garfagnana territory, and exhibits objects and machinery relating to domestic life, peasant life and production activities such as marble excavation, dating back mainly to the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. A little further down we move, for a little relaxation, to Gramolazzo Lake where Mount Pisanino, the highest mountain in the Apuan chain, is reflected in the green waters of the artificial lake. Frequented by fishermen and bathers, the lake is lined with a beautiful promenade, equipped with a pier and a small beach.

-Lunch Box not included.

-Entrance to the “Olimpio Cammelli” Museum of the Identity of the Upper Garfagnana not included in the price.

-Return to the places of origin by own means.

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Travel notes

This programme may be subject to change, both before and during the trip, depending on the weather, the needs of the travellers and the people hosting the group of travellers. All the visits are guaranteed, but they may be subject to change, on site, respect to the order listed above, at “our” discretion, for the sole purpose to ensure the best success of the tour, but without changing the substance of the visits [ The visits may be reversed depending on the opening times of the museums or for technical reasons, but the programme remains unchanged ].

Special requests

When defining and accepting the travel contract, it is necessary to indicate the presence of people requiring special diets or with reduced mobility in order to be able to verify the services and the possibility of assistance.

These are necessary

For all walking tours, you will need hiking boots, a water bottle of at least one litre, a kway or poncho, a backpack of at least 20/30 litres. Spare socks or T-shirt are recommended, as well as food or energy supplements.

Level of difficulty of walking tours

The trip is suitable for people who can walk, not necessarily trained but in good health. It is not suitable for children.

The price includes

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TOUR 4 Days/3 Nights

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Period 01.05.2021 / 15.10.2021

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