Tuscany is probably Italy’s most renowned region, famous for its artistic legacy, history and traditions, as well as its lovely landscape: those gentle undulating hills dotted with verdant cypresses and ancient farmhouses are considered one of the most beautiful and harmonious landscapes in the world. Discover a different Tuscany, off the beaten path along little known routes through a lovely combination of mountains, hills, culture and local food.
Location: Tuscany (Italy) – Main places to visit: Buggiano Castello, Medicina, Pescia, Collodi, Lucca, Pietrasanta
Duration: 8 days – 7 nights
Begins in: Buggiano Castello (Pistoia) on Saturday, Day 1
Ends in: Pietrasanta (Lucca) on Saturday morning after breakfast, Day 8
Departures 2020: May 23rd – Oct 24th
Maximum group size: 14
Minimum group size: 04
Price 2020: starting from €3,300 per person and based on double occupancy. €350 single supplement is applicable. Two guides will accompany departures of 9 or more people.
Arrival Day – Buggiano Castello – Ciao Italia!
“Shepherd’s day!” – Medicina Village
«Svizzera Pesciatina» – Castelvecchio – Sorana
Morning transfer by private van (approx. 30 minutes ride) to Castelvecchio, our starting point for today’s hike through a mountainous area called Valleriana or “Svizzera Pesciatina”, so named, in one of his many articles, by the famous swiss literary man Mr Sismonde de Sismondi because it reminded him of his native country. At the end of our hike we will stop at one of the most sought-after local restaurants where, among other things, we will relish the famous white beans of Sorana. Back to the hotel in the early afternoon, followed by another exciting experience: Cooking Class.What could be better than learning how to cook Italian food!
Transfer to Lucca – Pescia – Collodi – Lucca
Lucca and its «Royal Lineage»
A short private transfer will take us to Marlia to visit the enchanting Villa Reale, considered one of the most important historical properties in Italy. Home in the 19th century of Napoleon’s sister and Duchess of Lucca, Elisa Bonaparte Paciocchi. Thereafter we begin our hike through olive groves and vineyards, stopping for a wine tasting and a picnic lunch at a local farm. We return to Lucca in the afternoon and today you will have plenty of time to enjoy the city at your leisure.
Transfer day to Versilia area: Stazzema and the Apuane Mountain range
Early start and private transfer (approx. 1hr ride) to Stazzema, starting point of our toughest trek of the week. Today’s hike will take us into the heart of the Regional Park of the Apuane Alps. Breath-taking views are waiting for us on this loop hike. We will reach our hotel in the afternoon where we will have some free time to rest before going out for dinner.
«A marble experience: Michelangelo steps!»
By private transfer we will reach the city of Carrara and its quarries which lie at the foot of the Apuane. We’ll hop on a 4×4 for an adventurous ride (approx 1 hr activity), ready to climb and discover the “Fantiscritti Marble Quarries”, where Michelangelo used to go and pick the best marble blocks for his masterpieces. We’ll continue our day visiting a prestigious “Larderia”, local farm and manufacturer of the worldwide famous delicatessen: Lardo di Colonnata. After lunch we’ll take a short hike to enjoy the final and unforgettable moments of our journey together. Once we are back at the hotel and after a rest, we will meet for our farewell dinner in a splendid location.
Unfortunately, today it’s time to say goodbye!
After breakfast at the hotel you will have a private transfer (about 30 minutes ride) to Viareggio train station that will offer you connections to the main cities, or, if you prefer, we can drive you to Pisa airport, at your convenience.
Breakfast and transfer included
Please note: the above itinerary may change at any time due to circumstances beyond our control
Activity rating: 3-/5 = moderate. The trail terrain is largely compact, although there may be some sections that are uneven and stony. There will be frequent descents and climbs. The maximum distance is about 15 km/9.3 miles.
Booking: please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a booking contract.
Insurance: we strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance which has to be adequate for your requirements. The insurance policy should ensure appropriate coverage to meet your needs, and the needs of your family and dependents, in case of personal injury, medical and repatriation costs, together with cover for any loss of property, personal liability, delay, cancellation, curtailment, missed departure and legal expenses.
Located in the northern Tuscany, Montecatini Terme can be easily reached by public transport or by car.
IMPORTANT: in the highways don’t pass through the lane with a yellow sign called TELEPASS: it is for only locals who pay monthly. Please note if you arrive at your destination without a ticket, you will probably be fined.
By Taxi: a private transfer by taxi from your arrival airport can be arranged upon request.
Accommodation (7 nights): boutique hotels, 3/4 stars (charming hotels ideally located. Bedrooms are for double occupancy. Single use supplement is applicable).
Meals: all breakfasts (7) plus 6 dinners and 5 lunches (2 picnic lunches)
Welcome aperitif, cheese tasting, special cocktail event and wine tasting
All visits and activities mentioned in the itinerary (cooking class, home hosted experience)
Guides: private local bilingual guides (as and when required).
Tour leader: at least one bilingual tour leader for groups up to 8 participants and two bilingual tour leaders starting 9 participants (around-the-clock support during the duration of your trip).
All local taxes