As the week went by the walks just got better and better (not giving away any secrets here – you need to see for yourself!); suffice to say that over the duration we covered various terrains from wooded valleys, meandering river valleys, hilltop villages and high Apuan Alpine country. The pace wasn’t too hard going despite the heat – worth considering if what you’re after is a major hard-core workout – but for us it was perfect (it was a holiday after all!) and each incorporated about 5 or so hours walking with a delicious and leisurely packed lunch along the way (provided courtesy of Jan – thank you!).
It’s amazing when you are feeling well and at one with yourself and the world.
Imagine feeling good and being in the most inspiring and spectacular scenery in Italy. Here you can breathe the freshest air and eat fresh food made with healthy, locally produced, seasonal ingredients.
Combine that with walks tailored to your pace and you are with us here at Tuscany Walking.
Here you can really relax and escape the stress of day to day living, and here you can reconnect with nature and understand what life was like at a time when the pace of living was slower.
It’s no coincidence that this zone was a favourite amongst musicians, artists and poets including Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley and Giovanni Pascoli.
Today the area still attracts the “arty” community from all over the world and it’s very easy to understand why.
Welcome to Tuscany Walking. We have been guiding small group walking holidays in Italy since 2005. With our wealth of experience and knowledge of this stunning area in and around the Garfagnana National Park we have put together inspiring and beautiful walks for all levels of experience and ability. With us here at Tuscany Walking you will experience the real Italy on your holiday, in an uncommercial and unspoiled part of Tuscany.
Accommodation is comfortable and traditionally Italian with an outdoor pool and jaw dropping mountain views. Dinners are prepared in Italian style with super fresh local ingredients and traditional methods using recipes that have been handed down through the generations. All are washed down by delicious local wine.
Here at Tuscany walking we keep our groups smaller so that we can give you a better and more tailored walking holiday / hiking vacation. If you are a larger group, don’t worry because we can easily cater for you and we offer discounts on groups of 4 or more when you all book together. Just contact us for more information.
Non-walking partners are very welcome here at Tuscany Walking. We can arrange a variety of interesting activities including painting, tennis, horse riding or cookery.
Eating is a very important pastime here in Italy and you’ll certainly work up an appetite here with our fresh clean air that this part of Tuscany is famous for.
We provide you with tasty picnic lunches on walking days. These are made with local seasonal ingredients, including fruits and vegetables with a variety of Italian breads and meats.
Dinners, depending on where you stay, are farmhouse cooked in the traditional “casalinga” style. We use delicious recipes which have been handed down for generations and also the freshest ingredients grown on the land nearby. Some, such as polenta and bread, are made with ingredients grown on the premises . Alternatively, you will enjoy a chef cooked varied daily menu using tasty Italian recipes and fresh ingredients. Dinners are eaten outdoors or indoors at the hotel restaurant. We also cater for any special dietary needs, just ask.
Scenery on your Walking Holiday
The scenery here has been described as dramatic, spectacular, stunning, peaceful, spiritual and a “real paradise.” The area is staggeringly beautiful and is very different from the over crowded, uncomfortably hot and very commercial areas of southern Tuscany. Here you won’t find the stifling crowds that you see in the more famous Tuscan places. Life here is traditional and in harmony with nature. You will find peace and tranquility, away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Be prepared for stunning sunsets, amazing woodlands, incredible scented air ancient hamlets and a sense of peace and being in sync with your natural surroundings.
Barga, described as one of the prettiest towns in Italy, is nestled in an unspoiled corner of Northern Tuscany on the edge of the Garfagnana National Park and in the province of Lucca.
This region hosts some of most spectacular scenery that Italy has to offer and a lifestyle that is timeless, natural and traditional.
Every afternoon on returning from a walk we had a few hours to wind down, kick back and cool off in the sparkling pool at the agriturismo before heading either into Barga for some traditional Italian fayre (be warned there can be just too much food on offer!) or even better as provided by Franka with her wonderful culinary skills and knowledge. Northern Tuscany doesn’t fit the archetypal vision that most people think of as Tuscany; it is far more dramatic and we felt breathtaking and less touristy than other areas.
Jan is running a fantastic business here and we hope it goes from strength to strength – and I for one would be back for more tomorrow if I could be !