Mountain walks, beautiful accommodation and excellent food on this centre-based walking holiday in the heart of Tuscany's Garfagnana in Italy.
With its breath-taking mountain ranges, rich alpine meadows, mountain flowers, charming villages, medieval towns, vineyards and olive groves, the wild and dramatic Garfagnana is one of Italy's best kept secrets and the perfect region for an Italian walking holiday. Fondly known as Wild Tuscany, this jaw-dropping landscape is home to the striking peaks of the Alpi Apuane and Apennine mountain ranges. This stunning area is also known for its mouth-watering food which we’ll enjoy alongside picnic lunches bursting with fresh and colourful local produce. Our home for the week is a renovated organic farm complete with swimming pool and acres of colourful meadows, vineyards, a vegetable garden and woodland to explore. Each day we’ll walk through rich forests, pass crystal-clear lakes, explore timeless villages and hike through hidden valleys before enjoying the dramatic peaks in the Alpi Apuane. During the week there’ll be time to visit the exquisite walled gem of Lucca with towering walls, elegant piazzas and magnificence cathedral. This excellent walking holiday combines fantastic food, wonderful accommodation and excellent walking to show you the very best of Italy’s Wild Tuscany.
The wild tuscany FARM and Villa experience
A holiday highlight is our traditional accommodation nestled in the heart of the Tuscan hills. This organic farm is a little piece of Italian heaven with over 100 olive trees plus colourful orchards of apple, apricot, pear and quince. Lying abandoned for over 30 years, the farm has been lovingly restored by your hosts and is now brimming with colour. The surrounding meadows and gardens are home to ducks, hens, goats, sheep and cats, plus fireflies, squirrels, deer and badgers. Hidden in the garden is a refreshing pool cleaned with a unique salt water system. Each relaxing bedroom room is decorated in calming Tuscan colours whilst living rooms have chestnut beams, terracotta tiles, board games, books and an honesty bar for a drink in the evening. Each delicious dinner includes fresh ingredients from the farm gardens and is very much a social affair. Picnic lunches are taken along the trail and are made up of tasty treats.
Looking for a two week holiday?
Fancy the ultimate Italian walking and food experience? For a complete centre-based Italian experience, why not combine our Wild Tuscany with our one week Footpaths and Flavours of Liguria. Many of our dates work back to back and with both trips beginning and ending at Pisa Airport it really couldn't be simpler.