Hiking and Walking  

From Tuscan Villas to the Top of Tuscany steps


A walking holiday in Tuscany is a very nice way of discovering this region in Italy at a slow and pleasant pace. About 54% of the Tuscan territory is covered with wood lands, cultivated fields, vineyards, olive groves, and nature reservations among the most important in Italy. Many of these places are rich with hiking trails and mountain bike routes. The Italian Alpine club provides appropriate signs and directions on them for a safe self guided hiking tour. Along the way you will also be able to find basic shelters to spend the night with your sleeping bag, or full-fledged Tuscan villas with all the comforts you may need.

One of the most popular hiking trails is on the Casentino Mountains in the Arezzo province. You can drive up to Campigna in the Foreste Casentinesi national Park. Leave the car here and walk past the restaurant inside the woods continuing for about 1 1/2 kms until you reach a large open grass field and you start saying the science of the Italian Alpine club. From up here the view is splendid dominating over valleys and mountains for many kilometers all around.

Also the Chianti area provides many trails for a relaxing hiking holiday in Tuscany. The suggestion is to rent Tuscan villas in the area to take advantage of the many hiking grounds available. The Chianti area is very ancient, therefore elevations are not steep providing an easy ground even for hiking beginners. One suggested trail is the one in Gaiole in Chianti, which will take you a full day to complete. To be on this trail drive up to Greve and leave your car in front of the Torre palace, then walk uphill towards San Michele. From here take the path signed with a double zero and click on it until you reach the Trattoria. It will be about 2 1/2 hours until you reach this point, perfect to rest for lunch. Beware that the restaurant is only open during the tourist season. From this point onwards it will be all downhill. Following the path numbered 52 you walk through trees in the fresh woods around Gaiole for about 45 minutes. From here he had towards Lamole, then to Panzano, where you can catch the bus back to Gaiole. Otherwise you can walk to Gaiole following the Chiantigiana road, it should take you about one more hour.

Another suggestion would be to go to the north of Tuscany, in the region around Lucca called Garfagnana, located between the sea and the mountains, this is the perfect place to rent Tuscan villas and satisfy seaside and mountain lovers. Here you will be on the famous Apuane Alps, heading towards the Monte Forato. It is a special place and you should try to be here during the spring equinox. On this day only, in fact, you will be able to see the sun set through a hole in the Mountain, actually producing two sunsets and a spectacular visual effect.

The hike is for the medium expert since some parts of the trail are exposed and some others are not thoroughly marked. Start your hike in Fornovolasco up to the pass of Foce di Petrociana. There are several ways to reach the mountain following the Italian Alpine club trails. Trail number 131 will make your hike a little easier. Remember to bring good shoes, food and a water supply, as the hike will last all day long.

These are just some quick suggestions to give you a general idea. While in Tuscany you will be able to create the perfect hiking holiday for yourself.

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