Hiking in Hidden Tuscany
Hiking in Hidden Tuscany
Hiking in Hidden Tuscany
Hiking in Hidden Tuscany
Hiking in Hidden Tuscany

Hiking in Hidden Tuscany


Hiking in the mountains of Tuscany

Trek through a truly beautiful and ancient Tuscan mountain landscape while enjoying exceptional hospitality. In contrast to the rolling vineyards and cyprus avenues of Chianti, this is an untamed land of chestnut and beech forest with trails weaving along ridges and amongst jagged peaks. We hike the limestone summits of the Apuane Alps and the more benign sandstone features of the Apennine range around the famous hilltop town of Barga. A week in what many of our guests have called a 'true haven of tranquility'.

Highlights

  • Hike the highest mountain in Tuscany
  • Stay in a truly lovely traditional Tuscan farmhouse 
  • Fabulous cuisine prepared by a professional chef
  • Complimentary wine with dinner
  • Easy trip extension for days in Florence or Pisa
  • Gourmet Pizza night with Wine Tasting included
  • Italian ice cream 'gelato' after every walk!
  • Private pool and hot tub
  • Massage and Reflexology available
Spring Flowers, Autumn Colours

Spring in Tuscany is a riot of wild flowers, vibrant greens and heady scents. Fresh flavours dominate the menu and the magical fireflies provide the evening entertainment. Autumn offers gorgeous copper and orange colours, sweet chestnuts and figs plucked from the trees, and of course the chance to sample wild porcini mushrooms. Sightings of boar, deer, muflone or even porcupine are common in both seasons.

Our week of walking in Tuscany is based at Col di Lavacchio, a small organic hill farm with chestnut woodland, olive groves and a small vineyard. The traditional farmhouse provides comfortable and elegant accommodation, with the food and pool adding a touch of luxury.


We greatly enjoyed the whole experience, very much a holiday as well as good hiking. The setting was beautiful, accommodation, hosts and food excellent. We particularly enjoyed the excellent guiding, good company and the shared local knowledge including the routes and driving!

Our guide, Lindsay, was amazing with her professionalism and at including everyone ensuring they had a super time. The views stunning, the food amazing, and the accommodation second to none.

Our trip was full of outstanding views of the mountains, and we had an excellent guide. The hospitality at Lavacchio was very warm, and generous with great meals and wines.

A huge thank you for another fantastic and memorable trip. Tuscany was as wonderful as you said it would be. I think the packed lunches were even better than anticipated! I really loved every minute of it…Lavacchio is such a beautiful place and Jamie and Ailsa are brilliant hosts. You work so hard to make the trip a success. You and all the rest of the gang are a great group of people, and it really is a delight to spend a few days with you.

You are such amazing leaders and have everything so fantastically well - organised, yet are always ready to come up with plan B when required! Julia and Sam, you work so hard to make the trip a success… you have succeeded in creating some very special memories for me. You and all the rest of the gang are a great group, and it really is a delight to spend a few days with you.

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! I usually go for more 'hardcore' treks but on this occasion I was looking for a more relaxing experience. The whole week (hiking, scenery, accommodation, food, company) all met and far exceeded my expectations. I can't recommend this trip enough. A relaxing change for seasoned Trekkers or a great introduction for the uninitiated. 

Itinerary

  • airport
  • point
  • house
  • transfer
  • Today you arrive at Col di Lavacchio organic farm, near the tiny hilltop hamlet of Promiana. We invite you to join us in the main house for a complimentary aperitif when we can discuss the week ahead. A candlelit dinner is served in the cosy dining room amidst the antiques and oil paintings, or on warm evenings we will eat on the terrace with views of the Serchio Valley and the mountains beyond.

  • This first walk is an excellent introduction to the area, a gorgeous summit with a 'cross' at 1314m (4311ft). Each spring when the narcissi are in flower there is a pilgrimage to the summit involving several hundred local people, there to celebrate the spring flowers, and to enjoy the wonderful scent of the daffodils. We begin with a drive through the steep sided valley of Fabbriche di Vallico to the remote village of Palagnana, where we take an ancient trail through the beech forest. We reach the Foce delle Porchette, a pass, which offers incredible views all the way to the Mediterranean, and the marble quarries where Michelangelo sourced his stone for 'David' in the year 1501. Then it’s up an impressive limestone gorge, before clambering out onto the grassy mountainside, and the final pull to the summit of Monte Croce. We descend by a circular route through the ancient beech forest and the quaint hamlet of Pioppo and enjoy a drink at the village bar in Palagnana.

    Ascent: 580m (1902ft) Descent: 570m (1869ft) Distance 9km (5.6 miles) 6hrs

  • This morning we are aiming for the highest peak in Tuscany. It's always lovely to feel that sense of surveying all before you, and realising you are as high as you can get, and the views from the summit of Monte Prado do not disappoint. The summit sits at 2054m (6739ft) and offers views back to the Apuane Alps and also across the Apennine Alps with wave after wave of ridge lines. Although it is the highest it is easy walking along a broad grassy ridge where many berry pickers are to be found in the autumn as they harvest the wild 'blaeberries', known locally as 'myrtillo', for sale in local villages. The route begins after morning cappuccino at the ancient coaching house at Rifugio Casone di Profecchia, built to service the pilgrims and travellers heading for the Passo delle Radici which leads to Emilia-Romagna, one of the wealthiest and most developed regions in Europe. A stroll though beech forests, dappled with sunlight, and we emerge onto open grassy hillside covered in juniper, myrtillo and heather. Lunch will normally be eaten on the summit where Italian hikers may arrive from the 'other side' and offer a chance to compare notes!

    Ascent: 1040m (3412ft) Descent: 1040m (3412ft) Distance 9km (6 miles) 6hrs

  • Some wonderful rock 'sculpture' provides our goal today as we climb through the forests in search of the stunning ridge line and natural archway that lies just below the summit of Monte Forato. To reach this impressive limestone arch we begin from the quintessential Italian village of Fornovolasco with its cobbled streets and ancient homes. A steady climb takes us to the pass at Foce di Petrosciana with breathtaking views of the rock tower of Monte Procinto. We then follow the rocky ridgeline, with views to the Mediterranean, until the huge limestone archway is suddenly before us. At this point there is usually a compulsory photostop, before a short climb to the summit itself for lunch. We eat our picnic while taking in views of Tuscan villages, surrounded by forest, and in the distance the sea. Well fed we continue along the ridge until Foce di Valli, and a descent through the meadows, past ancient ruins, and then the forest back to Fornovolasco. This is usually followed by a well earned stop at the gelateria in Gallicano!

    Ascent: 915m (3008ft) Descent: 895m (2936ft) Distance 10km (6.2 miles) 6.5hrs.

  • Today you have a free day to either enjoy the beautiful grounds of Lavacchio, relaxing by the pool and resting tired limbs, or perhaps taking a short stroll from the house through the local chestnut woodlands. Many of our guests opt to visit the medieval walled city of Lucca which is absolutely stunning and a great place to relax or engage in some serious retail therapy! It is the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) who composed some of the most beloved operas of all time, including La bohème, Tosca, and Madame Butterfly. The museum documenting the life of this famous 'local' is definitely worth a visit. A complimentary taxi to the railway station will be offered in the morning with a return service late afternoon. Massage is also available as we have an excellent local masseuse who can come to the house, though pre-booking at the start of the week is essential. In the evening, you can prepare a meal in the farmhouse with delicacies purchased on your visit to Lucca, or stroll along to the local restaurant, Il Sassone di Fobbia. This is the only hiking trip we organise that has a 'day off' but quite simply it is worth every relaxing moment!

  • A gorgeous summit today, with a chance to sip from the Fountain of Love, and perhaps the chance to pick a few porcini mushrooms on the woods? A short drive to the ancient village of Corfino on the Apennine side of the Serchio valley shows the Garfagnana valley opening up with views to ancient homes perched on the hillsides. Starting from the shepherds’ hamlet of Pruno, we wind upwards along a trail in the beech forests and then join an old cobbled mule track along the south side of the Pania di Corfino. We pause for a sip from the Fonte del Amore - Fountain of Love - and then stop at the tiny mountain community of Campaiana for lunch. Winding up to the summit of the Pania di Corfino  at 1603m (5257ft) takes us to an excellent view of the jagged ridges and peaks of the Apuane Alps to the west. The Pania di Corfino is interesting in that it is a limestone mountain set in a range that is otherwise sandstone. We complete our circular walk by heading down the well worn trail to Rifugio Isera and back to Pruno. We normally stop on our way home at the medieval town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana for gelato.

    Ascent: 775m (2542ft) Descent: 750m (2460ft) Distance 12.5km (7.7 miles) 6 hrs

  • This is a “big mountain" day. Together with its direct neighbour, Pania Secca, the Pania della Croce stands out as one of the most visible mountains in Tuscany. It forms a barrier, separating the northern main summits of the Apuane group from the lower hillcountry in the south. Throughout the week you will have been aware of the 'Pania' rearing skywards high above the farmhouse at Lavacchio. The peak is made even more dramatic by the fact that the mountain is separated from the rest of the range by two valleys meaning that on both sides the elevation difference is more than 1000m. We being with a short drive to Piglionico at 1008m (3307ft) where there is a memorial to WWII partisans who fought a fierce battle on nearby Monte Rovaio. We then traverse round the north side of the Pania delle Croce, to the Refugio del Freo before beginning our main climb of the day on a steady zig zag path. Gaining the ridge we are offered a vista of a rugged, wild landscape, with impressive faces and cliffs as well as glimpses of numerous marble quarries. The Gulf of La Spezia can be seen in the distance and on a clear day Corsica is visible. An easy path takes us along the ridge to the summit 'cross' at 1858m (6096ft) and a well earned picnic lunch. The descent of the rocky Canale d’Inferno often gives sightings of muflon, the wild sheep believed to be the ancestors of all domestic sheep breeds.  It's then back to Lavacchio for a well-earned drink on the terrace and a chance to watch your final Tuscan sunset. 

    Ascent: 940m (3083ft) Descent: 890m (2919ft) Distance 11.5km (7 miles) 7 hrs

  • Today you head home, having experienced a week of exploration which revealed the wilder side of the mountains of Tuscany.

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

It is without a doubt that our accommodation at Col di Lavacchio, Tuscany, is a highlight of this trip. Over the years we have without fail had great feedback from our guests who have stayed at this lovely agriturismo property. It is a true haven from the hustle and bustle of modern life, and perfect to catch your breath and relax at the end of a great day of hiking. 

Jamie and Ailsa Reynolds found the abandoned farm in 2003 and embarked on a project to restore it. It is now a productive organic enterprise with extensive grounds where you can wander through the olive and fig trees, and smell the herbs growing in the borders. 

Today the property features 110 olive trees, 40 fruit trees, including apples, apricots, pear and quince, a small vineyard and countless herbs. With some wonderful produce available to buy locally they plant their two vegetable plots with rare or unusual varieties. The fowl include 3 different breeds of duck and 4 rare breeds of hens with numbers ranging from 25 to 70 providing guests with ample organic meat and eggs. On many occasions guests have gone home clutching a jar of one of Ailsa's amazing chutneys!

 

La Fattoria

Hotel

"La Fattoria" is a traditional Garfagnana farmhouse in the remote hamlet of Lavacchio. Chestnut beams, exposed stone and terracotta tiles, combined with antique furniture, art and excellent beds add a touch of luxury to this rural retreat.

There are five bedrooms with three bathrooms, and outside a wisteria clad dining terrace. The sitting room has a wood burning stove. The house is well stocked with books, cards and games. There is a kitchen where you can make teas/coffees and access a fridge, honesty bar and snacks. The terrace is equipped with an enormous barbecue and ancient bread oven. There is a covered table tennis table, marked badminton court, and yoga decking for those who wish to stretch at the end of the day. Depending on the season you will also have access to either the pool or the hot tub with bathrobes available for guests to use.


  • Italy is easily reached by road, rail, coach or plane.

    A private group transfer from Pisa airport to your accommodation is provided on the first day. This takes approximately one hour and normally departs the airport at 1430 hrs. If arriving outside of this time it is very easy to reach the local town of Barga-Gallicano by train, and we will pick you from the station and take you to the farmhouse. The train journey is around 10€ (including the transfer from the airport to the main Pisa station) and takes about 2 hrs. The train line which you need to take to Barga-Gallicano is usually going to Aulla or Piazza al Serchio. Train information and advanced tickets can be bought/sourced here at Trenitalia.

    There are left luggage facilities in the airport (approximately 8€ per day per piece) and the train ticket office and information centres are right next door. There is a station in the terminal and the journey to Pisa Central Station is just 5 minutes. The return fare is approximately 4€. At the end of the holiday there will be a single, timed transfer back to Pisa Airport which departs after breakfast, arriving at the airport for approximately 0930 hrs.

    Please do not hesitate to get in touch to chat through the details. 

  • You must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity, including helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. We also advise you take out Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance in the event of you being unable to join the trip. The insurance referred to should only be purchased AFTER we have confirmed your trip is guaranteed to run. 

    The insurance clause set out in our 'Terms and Conditions' is below:

    Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, cost of repatriation, and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. For tours taking place outside the United Kingdom you must ensure that your insurance covers rescue from the mountains, including helicopter rescue. It is the right of the leader to make a decision to call for helicopter rescue if such assistance is needed. Costs incurred by you, the client, due to an evacuation, rescue or other emergency shall be your responsibility. Any subsequent costs incurred for expenses, not limited to but including such costs as hotels, food, transport etc, shall be borne by you, the client. You are responsible for ensuring insurance cover is adequate for the particular needs of your chosen activity. You must be fully aware of the implications involved in arranging your own travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of the policy. By agreeing to our Terms and Conditions you are authorising Tracks and Trails Ltd, or the person employed to lead the trip for Tracks and Trails Ltd, to instigate rescue and/or helicopter evacuation procedures without previously obtaining the permission of the company issuing your insurance policy. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time if we are not satisfied you have the necessary insurance policy covering your activity. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip then please contact us for specific details. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres (9840ft), except the Tour de Monte Rosa which reaches 3316m (10,877ft). You must bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. We also recommend your insurance covers you for trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. This is normally 4, and on some occasions 5. 

    In the 'Dates and Prices' section you can hover over the 'Status' button to see how many more bookings are required for your trip to be confirmed. 

    The maximum number of guests that we take on any given trip is indicated in the 'At a Glance' box on the right hand side of the trip page. 

    We will, on occasion, run trips that have not reached the minimum number because our guests have agreed to pay a supplement to allow the trip to go ahead, enabling them to book their travel. If the trip then reaches its minimum number we refund the difference. Do contact us if you wish to discuss this option. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • After we have processed your booking we will send you a comprehensive clothing and equipment list that is appropriate to your trip and activity. There will be some items on this list that we strongly recommend and others which are suggested. Our list is based on our experience of what is needed for any particular trip, but it is not the definitive article! If you have items you like to use then do bring them, but be aware of over-loading your 'day' rucksack with items that are heavy and therefore making the trip more challenging.

    Please contact us if in any doubt about what to bring.

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and simply a case of sharing out a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. On a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    On many of our cross country ski trips to remote areas there will also be a few additional items to share such as the grip waxes/klisters, spare pole, and snow shovel. These items are shared in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, and insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    Please note your guide/instructor has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    For our walking, family, and snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. For our running trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader, and an experienced mountain 'trail runner'.

    If you have booked on a cross country ski trip you will be with a fully qualified professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor or equivalent. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors. 

  • We have graded this trip 'Difficult'. You are never higher than 2054 m (6738 ft) altitude, you have a rest day if you wish and are based in one place making it easy to opt out and lie by the pool. However, the walking is sufficiently steep and challenging to also satisfy the 'keen' walker. One guest described it as, "surprising, impressive, challenging, but done in a relaxed fashion." This week combines 'relaxing' with a full day of exercise on trails that in the Apennine are easy and rolling, while in the Apuane they are rocky and steep. We say that in the Apennine you can walk AND look at the views, whereas in the Apuane you need to STOP before looking at the views. Please read the full grade description before booking. 

  • This is a general statement with regard to luggage and is not specific to your trip. Please read on.

    Point to Point

    The majority of our point-to-point trips have luggage support which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to wear a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. 

    On some trips which feature a night in a refuge/rifugio/hut your main luggage may not be available that evening due to lack of vehicle access. Your rucksack should be of sufficient capacity to carry a few extra items required for this overnight. Your trip itinerary will indicate on which nights you do not have access to your main luggage. If in any doubt please contact us

    Centre Based

    For our centre based trips, in other words where you are staying in the same accommodation all week, you are welcome to bring whatever luggage you require. However, do refer to the note below with regard to 'size' and the lack of elevators in some hotels. 

    Size of Luggage

    Please note that many hotels do not have elevators. This means you may need to carry your luggage to your bedroom. 

    On our point-to-point trips where your luggage is moved along the route by taxi we ask that you keep the weight to a maximum of 15kgs (33lbs), and ONE bag per person. Many of the taxi companies who move your bags impose a 15kg (33lbs) limit and restrict the number because they have to unload and reload the vehicle each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. 

    Luggage on wheels is a good idea, and as stated you need to be able to carry your luggage to your bedroom which may involve climbing several flights of stairs.  

  • Lunches are included in your trip fee, and will be provided by your hosts. The lunches are fabulous and are far removed from the normal mountain hiking fare of baguette and cheese.

    Ailsa will prepare a picnic box each day featuring delicious home made pies, quiches, pastas and salads. You will also have home made cake, fruit and local cheese. Plus we usually take a flask of great Italian coffee to have a morning stop with Ailsa's tray bakes! 

    The food at Col di Lavacchio is a highlight of this trip with much of it sourced from the organic garden.

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • In mountainous terrain the weather can vary considerably and you should be prepared for any eventuality. Temperatures in Tuscany, Italy, can reach over 30°Celsius (86°F) even in May and June, but can be as low 5°Celsius (41°F) on the high ridges and mountain passes in September, and early October. It is usually sunny with good clear days, but it can rain, and occasionally strong winds can affect walking in the mountain ranges. The average temperatures range from a very pleasant 18 - 25°Celsius (64.4°F - 77°F) in the valleys and 10 -15°Celsius (50-59°F) on the passes.

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will only accept payment in the local currency in cash. 

    On our walking and running trips which take in the route of the 'Tour du Mont Blanc' you will find that Euros will also be accepted in Switzerland as we are never far from the frontier, but the exchange rate will be poor.

    Below is a list of the currency and the currency symbol for each of the countries where we run trips:

    Italy = Euro/€

    Germany = Euro/€

    Sweden = Krona/SEK

    Norway = Kroner/NOK

    Bulgaria = Lev/BGN

    Switzerland = Swiss Franc/CHF

    Finland, including Lapland = Euro/€

    Spain, including Mallorca = Euro/€

    France, including Corsica = Euro/€ 

    Poland = Zloty/PLN = Euros will be accepted, but some local currency is advisable

    Czech Republic = Koruna/CZK - Euros will be accepted, but some local currency is advisable

  • Food

    On all our trips we prefer if you can experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country we are visiting and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for the traditional food of the region. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free. 

    If you are vegetarian then this is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. This trip is not suitable for those who follow a vegan diet or those with other more specific dietary requirements. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but you would need to bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness. 

    Water

    The countries we visit all have tap water that is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water. At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly. 

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    UK residents should obtain and bring with them the free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 

  • Due to the specialised nature of our holidays, we co-sell a number of trips with 'partner' companies. Our partners are carefully selected to ensure they reflect our ethos and standards in terms of the service we offer our guests. By encouraging our partners to sell our trips it means that your chosen holiday may reach its 'minimum' number earlier, allowing us to guarantee the trip and to give you the go-ahead to book your travel arrangements.

    There may be occasions when our partners have helped book your accommodation and organise the logistics for your trip. On these occasions your hotel may have recorded your room reservation in the name of one of our partners. 

    We guarantee that any partners with whom we work will offer the same package as Tracks and Trails Ltd. The price will be the same, though occasionally our partners may be operating in a different currency. Your itinerary and the items that are included, or not included in your trip fee, will also be the same. 

    We believe in team work, and enjoy working with other small high quality companies. If you have any questions about this policy please contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

2019

Sat 11 May - Sat 18 May
Code: HHT1 19
Price: £1195 Spaces available Book
Sat 08 Jun - Sat 15 Jun
Code: HHT2 19
Price: £1195 Spaces available Book
Sat 07 Sep - Sat 14 Sep
Code: HHT3 19
Price: £1195 Spaces available Book
Sat 21 Sep - Sat 28 Sep
Code: HHT4 19
Price: £1195 Spaces available Book

What's Included

  • Breakfast, picnic lunch, and three-course dinner with wine. Based on two people sharing
  • Single rooms available, though limited in number
  • All meals are prepared by our professional chef who uses local seasonal produce.  All dietary requirements can be met
  • Gourmet pizza evening, roll your own and cook in the wood fired oven
  • Wine tasting evening with 6 wines from the Lucca hills made by artisan winemakers
  • The guiding services of a qualified hiking guide
  • On your free day breakfast is provided, but not lunch or dinner to allow you to explore 
  • Complimentary transfer to/from the railway station on your free day, if required
  • Depending on the season, use of the hot tub or the swimming pool
  • Airport transfers, and all transport in Italy on walking days
  • Tracks and Trails gift for the 'outdoors'

What's Not Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights (but we can offer advice on the best flight options)
  • Lunch and dinner on your free day are not provided to allow you to make the most of the day if you choose to visit Lucca or Florence. Return train tickets to Lucca cost approximately 9 Euros and to Florence 21 Euros
  • Massages or reflexology are extras and usually cost 50 Euros per hour

We greatly enjoyed the whole experience, very much a holiday as well as good hiking. The setting was beautiful, accommodation, hosts and food excellent. We particularly enjoyed the excellent guiding, good company and the shared local knowledge including the routes and driving!

Our guide, Lindsay, was amazing with her professionalism and at including everyone ensuring they had a super time. The views stunning, the food amazing, and the accommodation second to none.

Our trip was full of outstanding views of the mountains, and we had an excellent guide. The hospitality at Lavacchio was very warm, and generous with great meals and wines.

A huge thank you for another fantastic and memorable trip. Tuscany was as wonderful as you said it would be. I think the packed lunches were even better than anticipated! I really loved every minute of it…Lavacchio is such a beautiful place and Jamie and Ailsa are brilliant hosts. You work so hard to make the trip a success. You and all the rest of the gang are a great group of people, and it really is a delight to spend a few days with you.

You are such amazing leaders and have everything so fantastically well - organised, yet are always ready to come up with plan B when required! Julia and Sam, you work so hard to make the trip a success… you have succeeded in creating some very special memories for me. You and all the rest of the gang are a great group, and it really is a delight to spend a few days with you.

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! I usually go for more 'hardcore' treks but on this occasion I was looking for a more relaxing experience. The whole week (hiking, scenery, accommodation, food, company) all met and far exceeded my expectations. I can't recommend this trip enough. A relaxing change for seasoned Trekkers or a great introduction for the uninitiated. 

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At a Glance

From Price £1195
Holiday Type Walking
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 10
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 2054m (6738ft)
Countries Visited Italy
Meet In Pisa Airport, Italy
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