Wild Tuscany - Italy
Italy, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £1,045 (land only) - from €1,465 (land only) - from $1,750 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at Pisa's international airport. KE Land Only package services begin with a timed group transfer from Pisa airport to the group's villa near Promiana high in the Tuscan hills. Our guides will join us at the villa for dinner and will give a briefing on the week ahead and answer any questions we might have.
Day 2: Transferring to the village of Palagnana, we begin walking through beech forest to reach the Foce delle Porchette, offering views all the way to the Mediterranean. An impressive limestone gorge leads to a final climb to the summit of Monte Croce (1314m). We descend via the hamlet of Pioppo to Palgnana where we meet our vehicle. Walk distance: 9km. Ascent / descent: 580 / 570m. Approx. 6 hours.
Day 3: From the shepherds' hamlet of Pruno, we walk through beech forest and follow a cobbled track to the Fonte del Amore (Fountain of Love) for a sup before reaching the village of Campanaia (1358m). We climb to the summit of the Pania di Corfino for views of the peaks of the Apuane Alps and descend via the Rifugio Isera to Pruno for our transfer back to the villa. 12.5km. +775m / -750m. 6 hours.
Day 4: After transferring to Piglionico (1008m) we contour around the north side of the Pania to the Refugio del Freo from where we make an ascent of the Pania della Croce (1858m), for more spectacular Tuscan views. We descend the Canale d'Inferno and cross meadows to reach our waiting transport. 11.5km. +940m / -890m. 7 hours.
Day 5: Today you have a free day to either enjoy the tranquility and facilities of the villa or to explore the surrounding area. The medieval walled city of Lucca is 45 minutes away by train or it is even possible to visit Florence - a round trip by train of around 4.5 hours.
Day 6: Crossing the Serchio Valley we drive through the Apennines to Vetricia (1,308m). From here we walk up onto Apennine pasture to the pass at La Porticciola (1,700m) and descend to the foot of the ridge leading to Monte Giovo (1991m). After lunch on the summit we descend to the historic town of Barga. 11.3km. +930m / -920m. 6.5 hours.
Day 7: From the village of Fornovolasco we climb to the Foce di Petrosciana pass for views of Monte Procinto and mountains as far as the Mediterranean. We follow a ridge to a huge limestone archway and climb to the summit of Monte Forato (1223m). Continuing to Foce di Valli we descend through meadows and forest to Fornovolasco. 10km. +915m/ -895m. 6.5 hours
Day 8: KE package services end after breakfast. A complimentary single, timed transfer is provided to Pisa airport.