“I loved Ruth’s approach to going for a walk being an adventure and an experience which evolves. Her fluent Italian and local knowledge meant seeing things like a local and really getting an insight into Italy. Magical locations in the peace of the mountains.” Louise
Dates: June 14 – 18 (2020)
Superb limestone ridges and scenery
Insight into a fascinating authentic part of Tuscany’s mountains with few foreign tourists
Home-cooked Italian food
A mountain journey
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 this 3.5 day walking trip from Sunday June 14th to Thursday June 18th 2020.
We can also arrange a bespoke trip for your own group if you’d prefer – the minimum number of people is 10 – 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.
DATES & FLIGHTS
You are responsible for booking your own flights. There are easyJet, Jet2 and Ryanair flights to Pisa. Check your local airport. We will meet at Pisa airport at 4pm on Sunday June 14th. You will be transported back to Pisa airport on Thursday 18th. We will try to drop you for your departing flight times – we usually have two vehicles.
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. Pisa is also well worth some time. 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. You do not have to carry everything that you bring on our mountain journey!
Ruth will be there to meet you at the airport on Sunday June 14th 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.
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 and we consider these routes to be all that makes for great walking.
We will walk for approximately 7 hours a day including stops. There are also ‘easier’ option routes with approximately 5 hours walking per day.
You will need to carry a smallish rucksack with daily food, water (1.5 litres) and your change of clothing. Details on what to bring will follow.
€680 (euro) per person
Includes: 4 nights accommodation in double/twin rooms. Accommodation is in simple B&B’s and 2* hotels – we do not use dorm accommodation.
4 x dinners and breakfasts
Packed lunch on each day
All transport to and from the airport
Small group size of 10 – 12 people
The trip is priced on two people to a room.
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
The small print: You will need to pay £150 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. We need 10 people for the trip to go ahead.
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 [wine is often served with and included as part of the meal]