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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.

  • Italy

  • 14 nights
  • Half Board
  • Jun




Moderate Challenging

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Our holiday walking grades


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.


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.


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 London to Pisa
  • 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

Holiday Information

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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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day




We fly into Pisa airport and transfer to Hotel Belvedere in Casone Carpinelli.

Transfer Time = 1h 30m

Day 2

Lake Gramolazzo


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    10.9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


The first Grade 6 walk takes a route 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

    12.4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Our Grade 7 walk does a similar but longer, more of a circular route, meeting the Grade 6 route at Castagnola.

Day 3

Pradarena Pass to Le Porraie circular


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


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

    8.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Our Grade 7 walk follows the ridge further along to the East, reaching Passo di Romecchio and the summit of Monte Sillano spending more time on top of the ridgeline, following the actual watershed.

Day 4

Monte Prado / Monte Vecchio


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


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

    10.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


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

Day 5

Free day


Breakfast & Dinner


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

Day 6

Le Cinque Terre


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6.9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


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 dependent). Either a leisurely sail along the coast, stopping off to visit 2 or 3 of the five villages; or a 4 hour walk starting from the village of Riomaggiore a short train journey from La Spezia.  There are great views of the Cinque Terre as we walk along the ridge which runs parallel to the coast before turning North to Biassa and then descending in an Easterly direction to La Spezia, This walking option still has time for sightseeing in both Riomaggiore and La Spezia

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 7

Monte Tondo / Monte La Nuda


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    10.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


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

    13.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Our Grade 7 walk follows the route of the Grade 6 walk for much of its length but also includes an ascent to the summit of Monte La Nuda. (1895m)

Day 8

Pania di Corfino


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    7.1 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Transfer to second centre, taking in the Pania di Corfino (1607m) on the way. After packing up and leaving Hotel Belvedere, 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 La Lantana.

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


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

Day 9

Castelnuovo and the Serchio Valley


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.1 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


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

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    11.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


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

Day 10

La Vetricia to San Pellegrino Pass ridge walk


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


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

    6.5 hours

  • Distance

    11.1 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


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

Day 11

Free day


Breakfast & Dinner


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 12

Monte Sumbra


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


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 hours

  • Distance

    8.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


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

Day 13

The Orrido di Botri / Monte Forato


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


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!). 

Please refer to the kit list for this walk.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    6.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Our Grade 7 walk is slightly under grade to cater for those clients who do not wish to venture into the gorge of the Orrido di Botri and who would be required to wade through the river that flows through the gorge.  Monte Forato is a twin summit feature with a natural rock arch connecting the two peaks.  

Day 14

The Pania della Croce


Breakfast & Dinner


  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    4.9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


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 hours

  • Distance

    7.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


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 15

Final day



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

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Departure dates for your selected tour

21st Jun 2022 - 5th Jul 2022 (14 Nights)

30th Aug 2022 - 13th Sep 2022 (14 Nights)

6th Sep 2022 - 20th Sep 2022 (14 Nights)

20th Jun 2023 - 4th Jul 2023 (14 Nights)

11th Jul 2023 - 25th Jul 2023 (14 Nights)

29th Aug 2023 - 12th Sep 2023 (14 Nights)

5th Sep 2023 - 19th Sep 2023 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Pisa
  • 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 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 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.

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.

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.


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 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.

The transfer between Casone-Carpinelli and Castelnuovo di Garfagnana take around 40 minutes, however we will be making the most the day by taking in another walk.

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, 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.

Entry Requirements

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 passport advice for UK nationals on the UK Government website.

FCDO Travel Advice

You must ensure you check all entry requirements in good time by reviewing the official FCDO advice for your destination. Please take time to read and regularly check this website for changes to the entry requirements and any local restrictions.

Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination

You may be required to provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated when travelling or in your destination. Proof of vaccination can either be digital via the NHS app or a printed copy via NHS Hard Copy. We recommend allowing seven working days for your printed copy to arrive. Please note both the NHS app and printed copy are only valid for 30 days.

We anticipate that all travellers will need to be fully vaccinated including the booster jab and to carry proof of this with them at all times. Some indoor venues require, and may ask for proof of vaccination, as well as masks becoming mandatory for indoor public spaces, and we ask you to be prepared for this.

Face Masks

Some airlines or destinations are requiring the wearing of FFP2, FFP3, KN95 or N95 masks without a valve. You should check the FCDO advice for your destination and with your airline before you travel, although you may wish to have one of these masks on hand just in case.

Brexit Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

The guidance for Schengen border guards may not be updated until the spring of 2022. Until then, for some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

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


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


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

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 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 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: 
Tuscany Tourist Office:
Garfagnana Tourist Information:

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs

Tel: 01684 593 146

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.


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

It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.

Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.

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.

Covid-19 Cover

If you should have symptoms and test positive for Covid-19 whilst abroad, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative and you may have to seek treatment. We strongly recommend that you take out an insurance policy that covers you for this eventuality.

Looking for travel insurance?

If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.

SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.


From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.

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Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at 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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  • January


    Avg. Rain: 67mm

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    Avg. Rain: 62mm

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    Avg. Rain: 63mm

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    Avg. Rain: 61mm

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    Avg. Rain: 56mm

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    Avg. Rain: 47mm

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    Avg. Rain: 35mm

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    Avg. Rain: 48mm

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    Avg. Rain: 64mm

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    Avg. Rain: 89mm

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    Avg. Rain: 96mm

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    Avg. Rain: 82mm

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