Discover the peaks and valleys of Tuscany’s most beautiful mountains. Hike in the marble rich Apuan Alps. Explore the lush green valleys of northern Tuscany. Or walk the ancient woods of the Casentino Forests National Park.
If you are giddy about mountains, a holiday spent hiking in Tuscany won’t disappoint. It has a range of great possibilities for hiking and mountain walking. The landscapes vary from dramatic cliffs to wide verdant plains, with hidden waterfalls and clumps of thick forest. Dotted throughout are ancient stone hamlets and once mighty castles. There’s no lack of things to discover while hiking in Tuscany.
Hiking in the Apuan Alps – Northern Tuscany
Snow-white marble, deep abysses and harsh beauty. This is beauty of the Apuan Alps. The main points of interests for hikers are the Monte Forato ring route, the views over the coast, and the cave systems of Antro del Corchia.
The Apuan mountain range in northern Tuscany is famous worldwide. Not just for its rugged good looks, but also the quality of the marble that comes from its many quarries. This marble, that glistens like snow when seen from a distance has been used for centuries in precious monuments and statues, among them Michelangelo’s David. Some of the quarries can be visited, and that in itself is a uniquely Tuscan experience.
The mountains themselves consist of jagged karst peaks and deep valleys. Rising up from the small coastal plain in Versilia, they reach almost 2.000 meters at the highest point on Mount Pisanino.
Find out more about the Apuan Alps and the town of Colonnata.
Discover the mountainous Lunigiana
Lunigiana in northern Tuscany is a mountainous and hilly region dominated by the northern range of the Apennine mountains and the marble-topped Apuan Alps. Parts of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park and the Apuan Alps Park fall within Lunigiana. The terrain makes the area ideal for outdoor sports such as hiking and cycling.
It’s a place of fresh air, vivid colours and unforgettable meals. The area prides itself in on its cooking and some of the most famous Tuscan dishes can be found on their menus. There’s plenty of accommodation and eateries around to enjoy after the strain of a day’s exercise.
The valleys of the Garfagnana
The Garfagnana is a great place to go hiking in Tuscany. Set in the province of Lucca, it’s a mountainous, densely wooded area lying between the Northern Apennines in the north-east and the Apuan Alps to the west. The main towns of interest are Castelnuovo di Garfagnana and Barga. It’s a mysterious but peaceful place full of lakes, that offers lots of opportunities for walking and cycling. Be sure to visit the Wind cave and Verrucole Castle.
Foreste Casentinesi National Park – Eastern Tuscany
The province of Arezzo in Eastern Tuscany is home to one of the most colourful forests in all of Italy. It’s a genuinely impressive place. Both for the diversity of its trees, and for the fact it has been so well protected. There are lots of mountain trails that cater for different abilities, from the foothills at 400m to the highest peaks of Monte Falco (1.658m) and Mount Falterona (1.654m). There are thick ancient forests, waterfalls, and its colours are spectacular in Autumn.
We can recommend a visit to Badia Prataglia, and the monasteries of Camaldoli and La Verna.