Trekking in Tuscany: itineraries and trails
Some tips to help you choose the hiking itinerary that suits you best
From the mountain peaks of the Apennines to the Tuscan Maremma, from the Via Francigena to the Renaissance ring of Florence, Tuscany offers itineraries for all kinds of trekkers. A lot of paths are set up by the CAI (Club Alpino Italiano, the Italian Alpine Club) and you can recognize them from the red and white stripes with an identification number. There are also many circuits in different areas of Tuscany that include several stages so you can choose the section you want to cover.
Whether you are looking for a challenging path or an easy walk, here are some tips to help you choose the itinerary that suits you best.
Explore the Apennines
The longest trekking route in Tuscany is called the Grande Escursione Appenninica (GEA).
It is about 400 kilometers long and it crosses the mountain ridges of the Tuscan – Emilian Apennines, from Bocca d’Abria (Umbria) to La Spezia (Liguria).
It is divided into 22-27 stages (with a refuge for food and assistance at the end of each stage).
Climb the Apuan Alps peaks
A perfect area for trekking in Tuscany is the Apuan Alps Park. Two of the classic itineraries which you can follow on your own or with one of the Park’s guides are:
* the “Anello delle Panie”, a 6 hours itinerary to the Pania della Croce mountain, (the so-called “Queen of the Apuan Alps”) at 1859 m above sea level;
* the “Anello del Monte Forato”, a 5 hours trekking to the characteristic Monte Forato (literally Holed Mountain);
If you want more than a mountain walk, Tuscany’s Apuan Alps offer interesting vie ferrate – protected climbing routes equipped with fixed cables, steeples, ladders, and bridges. Enjoy the thrill of walking on a mountain crest or climbing different types of rock faces.
Follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims: Via Francigena
The Via Francigena is an ancient road running from France – hence the name “Francigena” – to Rome in Italy, although Canterbury in England is considered the main starting point, much further away from France.