Walking In Tuscany (October 2012)
A centre-based walking holiday
in the hills of north-west Tuscany

30th September to 7th October 2012

The rural area in north-west Tuscany known as the Garfagnana is one of Italy's best kept secrets, its name coming from the ancient Etruscan language, meaning 'enchanted woods'. The Garfagnana is within reach of the Tuscan gem of Lucca, but its appeal lies more in its isolation.

This area of outstanding natural beauty nestles between two distinct mountain ranges: the spectacular jagged 'marble mountains' of the Alpi Apuane and the rolling 'spine of Italy', the Apennines.

Our base for the week was a traditional Tuscan farmhouse, Braccicorti, which was tucked away on a hillside on the lower slopes of the Apennines.

Each day our walk threaded it's way amongst hilltop and lakeside villages where the traditional rural lifestyle of tending and harvesting the Garfagnana's produce continues. One day was spent in the beautiful Tuscan town of Lucca.
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