Dates: June 16 – 20
September: Mid September (dates to be finalised)
The Alpi Apuane (Apuan Alps) is an awe-inspiring mountainous Natural Park in Tuscany close to Pisa. The limestone mountains rise up impressively straight from sea level – 6000 feet at the highest point.
Wooded chestnut and oak forests cloak the lower slopes while the higher ridges are white limestone. It was from this area that Michelangelo took the whitest and most finely veined marble for David and his Pietà and the marble quarries are still in use.
The National Park is wild and its limestone mountains hide underground tunnels and deep wells. In fact, there are 1300 caves – the Antro del Corchia, the deepest cave in Italy and one of the largest in Europe is here.
Because it is so close to Pisa it makes for an excellent short trip with little onward travel in Italy. There’s a superb system of footpaths which offer both exciting and beautiful walking.
Element-Active will be offering two trips to the Alpi Apuane – one in June and the other in September 2019 (dates to be finalised). We can also arrange a bespoke trip for your own group if you’d prefer – email Ruth to discuss.
Ruth, who speaks fluent Italian, will be the main guide on these 3-day carefully researched walks. She has found places to stay that are off the normal tourist trail and it’s a fascinating, unusual insight into a beautiful area.
- June – Sunday June 16th to Thursday 20th (2 Places Remaining)
- September – dates to be finalised for mid September
The June trip will meet at Pisa airport at 11 am on Sunday June 16th
There is a Bristol Easyjet flight that ties in with this.
Flight: Easyjet Bristol to Pisa
Outward: Departs: 07.20/Arrives: 10.40
Return: Departs: 18.05/Arrives: 19.25
You are responsible for booking your own flights.
If you would like to come at different dates or from another airport, that’s fine. Perhaps you’d like to go beforehand or stay after and see something of the beautiful cities such as Lucca and Florence in the area. It’s a stunning area and teaming a good walk in the hills with some historic sightseeing is a great combination.
Please note – there will be provision to leave extra luggage/travel clothes at our first hotel as we also finish there.
If you need any help with flights or further accommodation, Element recommend travel advisor Lolly Burvill. It will not cost you to use her: https://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/lolly.burvill
If you would like a bespoke trip with your own group, please get in touch.
There are also ‘easier’ option routes with approximately 5 hours walking per day.
Ruth is very happy to discuss by email (Ruth@element-active.co.uk) or phone (07507 189904).
Ruth will be there to meet you in ‘Arrivals’ with your transport.
You will then have the 1-hour drive to Levigliani and The Hotel Raffaello – a small charming family run hotel in the village.
It gives you the afternoon to do what you’d like – options include a 2hr trip with an Italian English-speaking guide round the famous caves ‘Antro del Corchia’ in Levigliani, one of the biggest cave systems in Europe. Or – have a shortish walk from Levigliani to Terrinca. These are ancient villages perched up high and surrounded by woodland – very tight, utterly delightful and typical of the area.
Timings include stops and are approximate.
Day 1: 8 hours. We climb the Pania Della Croce (1858m) on this day – there’s some steep descending and incredible views.
Day 2: 6.5 hours – a stunning day on paths winding underneath huge rock slabs and over ridges
Day 3: 7 hours – some lovely ridges, woodland and interesting contouring.
Day 4: A swim in the sea and/or coffee in Forti dei Marmi celeb spotting and designer window-shopping. Or a trip round Pisa.
Flight (if returning on the Bristol option) at 18.00
This is not a walk for beginners and a level of fitness is needed. There’s a lot of up and down – it’s scenic and stunning but as you’d expect in the hills, it is up and down. You should be used to mountain walks.
The paths are good and we don’t consider them dangerous but you need to be sure-footed. If you have walked Scafell Pike or in Tryfan in North Wales that is the kind of terrain. No ropes are needed, in places the path can feel a little exposed, in a few places there are chains or a rope in place. Occasionally you need to scramble a bit but it’s not exposed. The views are spectacular.
You will need to carry a smallish rucksack with daily food, water (1.5 litres) and your change of clothing.
€570 (euro) per person
Includes: 4 nights accommodation in double/twin rooms
4 x dinners and breakfasts
Simple packed lunch on each day
All transport to and from the airport
Small group size of 8 people
The trip is priced on two people to a room. We do not use dormitory accommodation or huts. Accommodation ranges from a small family run hotel, Bed and Breakfast and ‘Albergo Diffuso’ accommodation in a village.
If you would like to book, please email Ruth (Ruth@element-active.co.uk). We will then send you a form to complete plus bank details to pay your deposit.
We really hope you’ll feel inspired to join us – we look forward to hearing from you.
The small print: You will need to pay £50 as deposit to reserve your place on the trip. This is non-refundable once we have confirmed that the trip will run and given you the go-ahead to book flights.
The balance then due minus this deposit will then be converted from euros to pounds sterling 8 weeks before the trip when full payment is due.
Once the balance is paid it is non-refundable. If you are unable to go on the trip we will try to resell your place – if we do resell your place, we will refund you. We are of course happy to accept a replacement if you find someone appropriate to go in your place if for any reason you have to cancel your booking.
We advise that the travel insurance that you take out covers you for cancellations.
What’s not included in the price?
Drinks other than water