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Apuans & Apennines

Away from the Tuscan tourist trail lies a beautiful secluded valley shielded from the outside world by a horse-shoe of mountains.

From£1,849

  • Italy

  • 14 nights
  • Half Board
  • Jun

    Jul

    Aug

Moderate Challenging

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Tour codes: 17220

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 6

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.

These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.

Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.

Challenging

Grade 7

Stamina is the key to these holidays, which will typically be in the Alps or the Dolomites.

There is plenty of ascent and descent over rough and steep ground, so a steady foot and a good head for heights is advisable.

Expect about 800 - 1000m of cumulative ascent and descent each day.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Ascend the Pania di Corfino for its spectacular panoramic view of the Apuan Range.
  • Walk in the lovely recently created Parco Nazionale Tosco Emiliano.
  • Have the option of walking the fascinating Orrido di Botri gorge.
  • Ascend the Pania della Croce, known as the Queen of the Apuans, and a wonderful walk at both grades.
  • Visit the unique, picturesque Cinque Terre, deservedly a World Heritage Site.

Away from the Tuscan tourist trail lies the Garfagnana Valley, a beautiful secluded valley, shielded from the outside world by a horseshoe of mountains. To the west is the range of the Apuan Alps, to the east and north the Apennines. We walk in both, ascending to mountain peaks and following ridges. There are magnificent views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and its islands below from the Apuan peaks; there are magnificent views of the Tuscan mountains from just about everywhere. Lower down in the valley, we visit the valley's medieval hamlets and castles, and walk on pilgrims' routes.

The walking here is outstanding. Monte Sumbra (1770m) is a good peak to start with, with great views while not too demanding. The Pania di Corfino (1607m) is a lovely mountain walk with a panoramic view of the Apuans across the valley. The Pania della Croce (1858m) is the most famous peak in the Apuan range. We have many peaks to choose from but the idea is not just to get to the top for its own sake but to take our time and enjoy the countryside on the way up and down. Early summer is good for flowers.

The curiously named ‘00' footpath along the watershed between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna offers panoramic views of the Apennines, the Apuans and the valley, as do so many of our walks here at either grade.

A highlight of our programme is the world-famous coastline of the Cinque Terre, declared a World Heritage Site in 1997, with the choice of visiting it either on foot or by means of a sail along the coast. Another is the natural gorge of the Orrido di Botri, already known by Dante, who based the gates to Hell in his Inferno on it, and a nesting site for golden eagles: another unique walk, but non-gorge-lovers are offered an alternative walk above the hotel, taking in the picturesque hamlet of Sillico.

The walled medieval city of Lucca is easily accessible on the free day by single-track railway. A visit to the Grotta del Vento, one of the finest limestone cave systems in Europe, is also possible.

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Pisa (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board en suite accommodation
  • Water & wine included with dinner
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly into Pisa airport and transfer to Hotel La Lanterna, passing the walled city of Lucca and travelling up the Serchio Valley, with a brief stop at Devil’s Bridge.

Transfer Time = 1h 30m

Day 2

Castelnuovo and the Serchio Valley

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500m

Both walks are circular, on foot from and back to the hotel, exploring Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, its fortress and ancient hamlets along the Serchio River.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600m

Our Grade 7 walk includes a longer, higher route into Castelnuovo.

Day 3

La Vetricia to San Pellegrino Pass ridge walk

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    800/600m

Starting at a mountain refuge, we climb to and then follow the high level long-distance 00 footpath along the mountainous former state border between Tuscany and its neighbour, Emilia Romagna, with 360° views.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    11.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1100/900m

Our Grade 7 walk follows a similar route but also ascends Monte Giovo (1997m) from Passo Porticciola.

Day 4

Monte Sumbra

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600/950m

We ascend through beech woods to emerge in the heart of the Apuans with spectacular views including Lake Vagli (famous for its drowned village) to the north and the Panias Group to the south. There is a dramatic descent, through meadows, and rock formations, with views of the picturesque Isola Santa below, arriving at the village Capanne di Careggine.

  • Time

    6.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    800/1350m

Our Grade 7 walk continues down to the lake and ancient hamlet of Isola Santa.

Day 5

The Orrido di Botri

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    3.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100/300m

A visit to the fascinating, remote mountain village of Montefegatesi is followed by a walk to the entrance to the gorge. Once inside (equipped with helmets, supplied locally, for fear of animals higher up dislodging stones), we follow the stream up the gorge, walking beside, and sometimes in, the water, between steep gorge walls, to arrive at a shady glade, with rock pools and waterfall (where it has been known for a quick dip to be taken!). 

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100/300m

Our Grade 7 walk is an extension on the grade 6 walk. Please refer to the kit list for this walk.

Day 6

Free day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Suggestions include: A day in Lucca: walking or cycling around the city walls, visiting Puccini’s home, now a museum, and wandering through narrow streets and squares. A visit to Barga, famous for its architecture, its jazz festival and its Scottish connections. Taking a local train up the single-track railway to anywhere striking your interest. A leisurely day by the outdoor swimming pool.

Day 7

The Pania della Croce

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    900m

Known as the ‘Queen of the Apuans’ and is one of the highest, and most famous and beautiful Apuan peaks. Starting from Monte Piglionicco, the walk includes a stop at a mountain refuge, Rifugio Rossi, a rocky ascent, then a spectacular ridge, looking down at the Tyrrhenian Sea and islands below. After lunch on the top, we return by the same or similar route.

  • Time

    6.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1100m

Our Grade 7 walk continues over the top to descend the western side of the mountain and circle round to return to the coach.

Day 8

Pania di Corfino

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600/1000m

Transfer to second centre, taking in the Pania di Corfino (1607m) on the way. After packing up and leaving La Lanterna, we have a full day’s walk in the Tosco-Emiliano National Park, the southern extremity of which lies between the two centres. Both walks ascend to the top of the Pania di Corfino, with glorious views of the whole Apuan range across the valley. Returning to the coach, we continue our journey to Hotel Belvedere.

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    900m

Our Grade 7 walk in addition to completing a full circle, may ascend the rocky front of the mountain.

Day 9

Lake Gramolazzo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450m

A walk through the woods from the hotel to and from Lake Gramolazzo, with some free time at the lake. Swimming is possible.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600m

Our Grade 7 walk does a longer, circular route, joining the Grade 6 route at Castagnola.

Day 10

Pradarena Pass to Le Porraie circular

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600m

A high level circular walk starting from the mountain pass of Passo di Pradarena, traversing the slopes of the ridge before ascending to it.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    800m

Our Grade 7 walk follows the ridge further, reaching Passo di Romecchio, and spends more time on top, following the actual watershed.

Day 11

Free day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

A local walk or a leisurely day by the outdoor swimming pool.

Day 12

Monte Prado / Monte Vecchio

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650/950m

From the Visitor’s Centre in the Tosco-Emiliano National Park, we ascend to the grassy ridge between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna with its 360° views. The Grade 6 walk ascends to the peak of Monte Vecchio, at 1983m.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    800/1100m

Our Grade 7 walk takes in 3 peaks, Monte Vecchio, Monte Cella and Monte Prado, the highest mountain in Tuscany, at 2054m.

Day 13

Le Cinque Terre

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/550m

In view of the now world-famous beauty of the Cinque Terre both for walking and sightseeing, after travelling by our own coach to La Spezia in the ‘Bay of Poets’, there are two options: (weather dependant) a leisurely sail along the coast, stopping off to visit 2 or 3 of the five villages; or a half-day walk starting from the village of Biassa, above La Spezia, with views of the Cinque Terre from above, descending to Riomaggiore, the most southerly of the villages, followed by a sail to the second village, Manarola. Cruise and visiting village: sailing and sightseeing. The walking option is from Biassa, above La Spezia via the Santuario di Montenero down to Riomaggiore, the first of the Cinque Terre.

In the event of bad weather, the leader may need to adapt the programme as the boat cannot dock at two of the villages with rocky harbours: in this case, the plus would be having time to call at the attractive Porto Venere.

Day 14

Monte Tondo / Cima Belfiore

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600/1400m

We start walking from Passo di Pradarena, at over 5,000 feet, and follow the watershed between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. Both walks include an ascent of Monte Tondo (1782m), followed by a steady descent through the woods via the ruins of the Ospitale di Tea and the Sanctuary of Monte Argegna on the ancient pilgrims route of the Volto Santo, back to the hotel.

  • Time

    7 hours

  • Distance

    12.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700/1450m

Our Grade 7 walk includes an ascent to the top of Cima Belfiore (1810m).

Day 15

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Departure from the hotel for the drive to Pisa Airport for return to the UK.

From (GBP)£1,849

Departure dates for your selected tour

22nd Jun 2021 - 6th Jul 2021 (14 Nights)

13th Jul 2021 - 27th Jul 2021 (14 Nights)

27th Jul 2021 - 10th Aug 2021 (14 Nights)

22nd Aug 2021 - 5th Sep 2021 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Pisa (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour 30 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel La Lanterna

Our first hotel is the Hotel La Lanterna located on a balcony above the main town in the Garfagnana Valley, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, and about a kilometre from the village of Pieve Fosciana.

Initially the La Lanterna started life 40 years ago primarily as a restaurant followed by the hotel run by the dedicated Turri family. It is not surprising then that the food has remained at the heart of the hotel. Particularly look out for local produce such as their cheeses, chestnuts, honey and porcini mushrooms.

The hotel has a large outdoor swimming pool and wi-fi in public areas. All rooms are equipped with fridge, hairdryers and TV.

There are two supermarkets a short walk from the hotel, as well as baker’s, greengrocer’s and other shops in Pieve Fosciana, perfect for putting together a picnic to enjoy on your walks. However, the hotel also provides picnic lunches on request. There is a small local market in Pieve Fosciana on Saturdays and a larger market in Castelnuovo on Thursdays. Pieve Fosciana and Castelnuovo both have all the amenities you would need for a comfortable stay such as post offices and banks with ATM machines.

Hotel Belvedere

The Hotel Belvedere at Passo dei Carpinelli sits at an altitude of 850m. The hotel offers beautifully situated outdoor swimming pool. Rooms are equipped with wi-fi, satellite TV and hairdryer.

Please note all bathrooms are showers only.

The nearest town with supermarkets, banks and post office is Piazza al Serchio about 10 kms from the hotel.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 6 and 7 walking holiday based in and around the Garfagnana Valley. It offers some outstanding walking at either grade, taking in the best of both the Apuan Alps, which divide the Garfagnana from the Cinque Terre and the Ligurian Coast, and the Apennines, which run nearly the entire length of the Italian peninsula. Both ranges offer outstanding walking, the Apennines with open grassy ridges, ancient tracks and hamlets, and spectacular views of Tuscany and the Apuan range, and the steeper, rockier Apuans with views of both the Tuscan mountains and the Tyrrhenian and Ligurian coast. The walks are on generally good paths, steep in places but always enjoyable.

Walks & Excursions

Two Grades, Two Leaders, Two Walks

On ‘2x Walks, 2x Leaders, 2x Grades’ departures, where we provide two tour leaders and offer a choice of easier or harder walks each day, we hope to be able to accommodate your choice of walk. However, safety considerations do govern the sizes of groups in each walking grade; the minimum number of participants for a guided walk at a given grade and the maximum group size will be as indicated for the walk grade.

On most departures we are able to accommodate most clients' first choice of walk most of the time, however some flexibility and co-operation may be required. In unusual circumstances where a disproportionately high number of clients wish to walk at one grade, for safety reasons, we may not be able to provide you with your choice of walk each day. Although we will endeavour to accommodate as many clients’ choices as possible, it may be necessary for you to switch between higher and lower grade walks during the holiday. Any decision regarding group sizes and the participants in the day’s walking programme rests with our tour leader(s).

For safety reasons the minimum number of participants on a walk will be 4 plus the leader.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Italy

The currency in Italy is the Euro.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

We fly from London Heathrow to Pisa and return with British Airways. 

Travel between Pisa Airport and the hotel is by road and takes approximately one and a half hours.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Regional Transfers

Regional Flights (R2). We offer regional flight options on this holiday but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer vehicle between the airport and hotel. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday charge and will be taken at the hotels. Lunches are not included. Please note both hotels are happy to provide ceoliac diets for clients requiring them.

Initially the La Lanterna started life 40 years ago primarily as a restaurant followed by the hotel run by the dedicated Turri family. It is not surprising then that the food has remained at the heart of the hotel. Particularly look out for local produce such as their cheeses, chestnuts, honey and porcini mushrooms.

The hotel Belvedere has an excellent reputation for food; again, expect good wholesome mountain dishes, polenta, pasta and local produce. The hotel provides picnic lunches on request. Otherwise, there is a small grocer’s 5 mins walk from the hotel.

Also wine is included at your evening meals. We do ask you to be modest though as the typical Italian would only drink 1/3 of a bottle with dinner.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking boots with a moulded sole with a deep tread and good ankle support are essential for holidays at grade 7 and above.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat
  • Head torch
  • Survival bag - What is a survival bag? Click here!

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Holiday Specific Kit

In the Orrido di Botri Gorge the water could be ankle to knee deep. We advise you bring extra footwear that you don’t mind getting wet for this walk. Lace up trainers would be perfect and this means your walking boots will stay nice and dry ready for the next days’ exploration.  

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Italy

Electricity in Italy is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

The following maps have proved useful:

Carta Dei Sentieri e Rifugi / Appennino Toscoemiliano 1:25000  Sheet 18
Carta Dei Sentieri e Rifugi / Appennino Toscoemiliano 1:25000 Sheet 20
Carta Dei Sentieri: CAI Alto Appennino Modenese: Parco del Frignano 1: 25000
Alpi Alpuane della Garfagnana 1:20000 (Edizioni Multigraphic Firenze)
Parco Nazionale Appennino Tosco-emiliano 1:25000 Foglio Est
Carta Dei Sentieri e Rifugi / Appennino Toscoemiliano 1:25000 Sheet 15

Many local libraries stock a good selection of travel guides/books which may offer you more information on the Tuscany region.

You may find the following websites useful:

Italian State Tourism: www.enit.it 
Tuscany Tourist Office: www.turismo.intoscana.it/en/
Garfagnana Tourist Information: www.turismo.provincia.lucca.it/en

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Italy

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Italy.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Italian Laws & Customs

In some Italian towns and cities you may be fined for dropping litter and in some towns or cities it’s an offence to sit on monument steps or to eat and drink in the immediate vicinity of main churches, historic monuments and public buildings. It’s also an offence to enter or bathe in public fountains.

In May 2019, the Municipality of Capri introduced a law forbidding the use of any disposable plastic objects such as bags, cutlery, plates, cups, food packaging, trays, straws on the island of Capri. Violations can incur a fine of up to 500 euros.

Illegal traders operate on the streets of all major Italian cities, particularly tourist cities like Florence, Venice and Rome. Don’t buy from illegal street traders. You could be stopped by the local police and fined.

It is illegal to remove sand, shells or pebbles from coastal areas in Italy. Doing so may result in heavy fines. It’s also forbidden to collect various species of flowers, plants and herbs from mountain and wooded areas. For more information, check with the regional authorities of the area you’re visiting.

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Italy

  • Capital

    Rome

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Italian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • February

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • March

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 63mm

  • April

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • July

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 48mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • October

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • November

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 96mm

  • December

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

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