Villages and Culture

Discovering Garfagnana in four days

4 days discovering the Tuscan landscape and flavours

Programme

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. In the afternoon, visit to the Cinta Muraria and Rocca di Castiglione di Garfagnana. Medieval centre that has preserved completely intact the walls, the medieval castle and the two churches of San Michele and San Pietro. Presentation of the programme by one of our representatives. Typical “Garfagnana” dinner with a tasting of local cuisine. Overnight stay.

In the 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. In the afternoon, visit to the Cinta Muraria and Rocca di Castiglione di Garfagnana. Medieval centre that has preserved completely intact the walls, the medieval castle and the two churches of San Michele and San Pietro. Presentation of the programme by one of our representatives. Typical “Garfagnana” dinner with a tasting of local cuisine. Overnight stay.

In the morning visit [ outdoors only ] of the Rocca Ariostesca of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, which dominates the centre of the village and which in the sixteenth century housed for three years the poet Ludovico Ariosto, who had been named governor of the province of Garfagnana, then under the rule of the Este family. Walk through the streets of the centre of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. Possibility to buy local products in the shops. Followed by a visit to the Fortress of Mont’Alfonso. Transfer to Calomini to visit the hermitage of the same name: a mystical monastery set in a vertical rock face. Free lunch. In the afternoon we discover the underground world of the Grotta del Vento, one of the most complete caves in Europe. An exciting excursion in the centre of the Natural Park of the Apuan Alps to discover a hidden and fascinating world with an extraordinary variety of phenomena. Easy paths will allow you to admire a marvellous underground reality: from living and shining stalactites and stalagmites to polychrome flows and crystal-encrusted lakes. Return to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana after a brief stop at Castelvecchio Pascoli to visit the house where the poet Giovanni Pascoli lived and is buried. Dinner. Overnight stay.

In the morning, availability permitting [ for safety reasons ], we will take you to visit Vagli di Sotto [ GUIDED TOUR, PAY ON PLACE ] one of the most famous white marble quarries in the world, [ marble also used for the Sala Nervi in the Vatican ], located in the beautiful Arnetola Valley. We will experience first-hand the reality of the quarrymen, we will understand how work in the quarry has been transformed over time, [ we recommend wearing comfortable, sporty clothing and shoes with sturdy soles ]. If it is not possible to do as described above, an alternative is to visit the Lipu Oasis of Campocatino: a primitive hollow overlooking the valley. Free lunch and relaxation on the shores of the lake. In the afternoon visit to the new suspension rope bridge and to Lake Vagli, which, when emptyed for maintenance work, makes the ghostly ruins of a ghost town resurface like magic : Fabbriche di Careggine. On the way back “from the stable to the table”: a visit to a dairy. The producer opens the doors of his dairy and shows us the process of processing milk. We devote ourselves to tasting the different cheeses of their own production, accompanied by bread and honey. Possibility of buying products. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Check-Out. In the morning visit to the Orecchiella Park.

The Orecchiella Park is a protected natural area, part of the Parco Nazionale Appennino Tosco Emiliano. The park is organised and divided into three nature reserves managed until 2016 by the State Forestry Department: Orecchiella, Pania di Corfino and Lama Rossa. The visitor centre hosts the Nature Museum and the Museum of Raptors. The park is also home to the mountain garden, which contains many flowers and plants typical of mountain environments. There are, in fact, annual or perennial herbaceous, tree and shrub species typical of the Apennine habitat. A magnificent territory rich in unique environments and populated by an incredible biodiversity. Visit the Visitor Centre with its facilities: the Nature Museum, the House of Raptors and the Mountain Garden. The park has many paths with various levels of difficulty, including the “Giardino dei fiori di Montagna” (Mountain Flower Garden), which is truly splendid when in bloom. Other very easy trails are the “Sentiero del Fontanone” ( Fountain path ) , the “Sentiero degli Orsi”( Bears path)  and the “Sentiero dei Cervi” ( Dears path ) …… We suggest: the Bear Path, 1020 meters long among brooms, ferns and dog roses, which allows you to approach the plantigrades, separated from visitors by a strong structure, in a natural environment and with a splendid view of the Apuan Alps. Lunch: Lunch Box with sandwich bag menu.  In the afternoon we head to the majestic and superb Fortezza delle Verrucole one of the most beautiful examples of a medieval Tuscan castle. At the Fortezza delle Verrucole you can visit the Archeo Park, which is a living museum offering historical reconstructions.  Departure for the return to the original destinations.

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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.

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Methods of payment

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Period 01.05.2021 / 15.10.2021

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