Wild Tuscany - Italy
Italy, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,195 (land only) - from $1,645 (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 Promenia 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: Our first walk begins with a gentle stroll through chestnut woodland to the village of Brucciano. From here it's a steady climb to gain the Forcone ridge for great views of the Monte Forato arch and Monte Procinto. We continue to Grottorotondo (1068m) before descending to the village of Sassi where we follow a tumbling stream back to our villa. Approximately 5 - 6 hours walking with 700m ascent.
Day 3: After a short transfer to the town of Corfino (836m), we follow a cobbled track and walk through a beech forest 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 jagged peaks of the Apuane Alps and descend to Corfino for our transfer back to the villa. 6 hours. 800m ascent.
Day 4: After transferring to Piglionico (1008m) we contour around the north side of the Pania to the Refugio del Freo and make a rising traverse to Foce di Valli. Today's high mountain traverse takes us through a spectacular karst landscape including the magnificent limestone arch of Monte Forato. Approximate walking time: 7 hours. 500m ascent.
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: Driving through a steep sided valley we reach Alt Matanna (1038m) where we begin the walk, first along a ridge overlooking the sea with views to Corsica and Elba and then down to a flower-strewn meadow and through woodland to the Rifugio Forte dei Marmi. After lunch we continue, passing beneath the imposing limestone stack of Monte Procinto to the col Foce delle Porchette (982m). 6 hours. +550m.
Day 7: Crossing the Serchio Valley through the foot hills of the Apennines we reach Vetricia (1308m). The trail climbs through beech forest to Apennine pasture and continues along the hillside to la Porticciola (1700m). We now descend via Hannibals camp to Lago Santo (1501m). After a picnic lunch at the lake, we make an ascent of Monte Giovo (1991m) before heading home. 9 hours walking with 1000m ascent.
Day 8: KE package services end after breakfast. A complimentary single, timed transfer is provided to Pisa airport.