Nature and Trekking

From Cinque Terre to Garfagnana

3 days for an suggestive walking tour with breathtaking viewpoints and beautiful cliff views ; among holm oaks and Mediterranean shrubland crossing the Cinque Terre National Park, we will discover the jewels of the Ligurian Riviera.

From Monterosso to Corniglia, passing through Vernazza, we will walk along the Sentiero Azzurro, the most famous and evocative trail of the Cinque Terre. From Corniglia to Manarola and Riomaggiore, we will get to know the true identity line of the Cinque Terre: the cian or cultivated strips and vineyards of Volastra. Beauty and excellent local wines come together in this journey  to Liguria.

2 days to discover the beauty of the Garfagnana.

Programme

Arrival in Liguria, by own means. Meeting with the guide in La Spezia where the tour begins. In the morning we take the train to Levanto. Time at disposal for a walk in the historical centre. Free lunch. In the afternoon a beautiful trekking suitable for everyone from Levanto to Monterosso al Mare through Punto MescoIntegral Marine Reserve, entering the Cinque Terre National Park from its west end (Route: 7 km – difference in altitude 350 m). On arrival in Monterosso al Mare time at disposal for a walk in the village for a visit to the historical centre or for a pleasant dive in the sea, weather permitting. Check-In. Accommodation in the reserved rooms. Presentation of the programme by one of our representatives. Dinner. Overnight stay.

In the morning departure on foot from the hotel for a walk from Monterosso al Mare to Corniglia, passing through Vernazza along the Sentiero Azzurro (Blue Path) which join togheter the five seaside villages, the most famous and suggestive route of the Cinque Terre. In about three hours you will reach Vernazza, where, besides the visit of the village, there will be a guided wine  tasting of Cinque Terre DOC the famous Sciacchetrà wine with a light lunch based on typical products. In the afternoon, continue along the Sentiero Azzurro to Corniglia (route: 8 km – difference in altitude 230 m); after visiting the village, return to Monterosso al Mare by train. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Check-Out. In the morning we take the train to Corniglia. From here we take the path towards Volastra and Manarola, the penultimate of the 5 Terre to the east. Once in Volastra, we stop at the wine seller of the Cinque Terre for a wine tasting. After a descent of about an hour, arrival in Manarola, visit to the village, free time. Possible transfer by train to Riomaggiore to visit the village (route: 7 km – height difference 300 m). In the afternoon by train back to La Spezia and transfer to Garfagnana, by own means. Meeting with the guide in Castelnuovo Garfagnana. Check-In. Accommodation in the reserved rooms. Typical “Garfagnana” dinner with a tasting of local products. After dinner, visit to the Rocca Ariostesca of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, which dominates the centre of the village and which in the sixteenth century hosted the poet Ludovico Ariosto for three years, 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 of buying local products in the shops. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay.

In the morning visit to the Cinta Muraria and Rocca of 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. Move on to Calomini for a visit to the Hermitage of the same name: a monastery with a mystical flavour, set into a vertical rock face. After a short stop in Castelvecchio Pascoli, visit the home of the poet Giovanni Pascoli, where he lived and is buried.,  Free lunch. In the afternoon possibility to choose between

  1. a guided excursion to Fornovolasco to the Vallisneri Cave, known as the “Screaming Cave”. Thanks to its easy access, it is a fascinating “journey to the centre of the earth”, in the heart of the Apuan Alps, to discover the most evocative underground environments.
  2. guided excursion to 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 the hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay.

In the morning, availability permitting (for safety reasons), we’ll take you to visit Vagli di Sotto (GUIDED TOUR IS  PAID ON THE IN 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 changed over time, (it is advisable to wear comfortable and sporty clothing and shoes with sturdy soles). If the above is not possible, an alternative is a visit to the Lipu Oasis of Campocatino: a primitive bassin overlooking the valley. Free lunch and relaxation on the shores of the lake. In the afternoon, visit to the new suspension rope  bridge and Lake Vagli, which, when empted for maintenance work, magically brings to the surface the ghostly ruins of a ghost town: 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 will dedicate ourselves to tasting the different cheeses of their own production, accompanied by bread and honey. Possibility of purchasing products. Dinner in a tavern. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay.

In the morning we take the 9:35 train to Piazza al Serchio station for a walk, accompanied by a guide, following the ancient route of the Via del Volto Santo, (a route that in the Middle Ages joined the cities of Pontremoli and Lucca), crossing the territory of San Romano in Garfagnana with destination Villetta traveling a distance of about 14.5 km. A succession of paths and mule tracks wind through magnificent views of the Apuan Alps, the Apennines and ancient villages where history and traditions live on. The Via del Volto Santo route crosses Lunigiana and Garfagnana, which, although very different from each other, share historical, landscape, anthropological and geographical elements. It does not present any difficulties to be noted but can be undertaken by those with a good preparation to walk. We will stop at the:

  • the mighty Verrucole Fortress
  • Sambuca rock church

The majestic and superb Fortezza delle Verrucole is one of the most beautiful examples of a Tuscan medieval castle and one of the most successful examples of conservative restoration. Already in the distance its walls, with their almost perfectly intact battlements, seem to appear the passerby to pay homage to its power. As we drive the few hundred metres from the village, where we have to leave the car, to the castle, we realise what can await us once we reach the top: a breathtaking view of the entire surrounding area. We enter the inner courtyard of the fortress walls to learn about the Archeo Park: a “living” museum offering historical reconstructions. Lunch Box. In the afternoon we will visit the historical centre of San Romano in Garfagnana, with its narrow cobbled streets. Along the way we will make a stop at the mill located almost contemplating the landscape where the protagonist is him!!! The IGP spelt of Garfagnana! The view is breathtaking. In front of us, a long expanse of slightly steep fields and a small plot of land used for the cultivation of spelt. Passion for their land, love of nature and respect for the traditions of our mountains distinguish this production. We will visit

  • The spelt processing plant;
  • The fruit processing plant for transformation into jam;
  • The mill.

Amongst other things, we will see some of the stages in the processing of the flours, which are milled in the factory using a stone mill powered by solar energy: maize flour, spelt flour, wheat flour, with the possibility of purchasing the products carefully harvested, selected and processed in the best possible way to ensure a unique taste on your table. Because everything is cultivated as it once was, using totally natural methods. Our journey will continue by passing through a beautiful and skilfully maintained village: Sambuca whose church, dedicated to San Pantaleone, stands on a spur of rock with which it forms a single unit. After crossing the bridge over the Serchio river called “della Villetta” we arrive at the Villetta – San Romano station. With the 18:11 train or the 18:55 train we quickly return to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. Dinner in a tavern. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 7 Return

Check-out and return by own means.

Details

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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