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These pages do not aim to be an exhaustive list of the numberless possibilities of hiking, horse-back riding, biking or sightseeing that Garfagnana and its environment have to offer to the visitor. Simply we would like to offer suggestions that will make your visit worthwhile and the return to your home country filled with wonderful memories from our region.


Alpi Apuane Regional Park
Set up in 1985 it includes the entire Apuane range that in a few miles raises from the costal plain of Versilia to the 1947 mt asl of mount Pisanino. The Alps, worldwide famous for the beauty of its marble, still quarried the traditional way, are the breeding ground for bird species like Gracchio Corallino, Aquila Reale, Falco Pellegrino, pernice rossa and rondine montana.
For more information:

  • www.parks.it/parco.alpi.apuane/Eindex.html

  • Orecchiella Natural Park
    Extensive mountain system of unspoiled nature on the Appennini range. Possibility to follow short marked trails or more arduous tracks (Airone track from 5 hrs to 2 days) and to link to the GEA track system (Grande Escursione Appenninica). A pleasant walk takes to the Pania di Corfino Botanic garden (guided tours). Visitor Center open on Sunday from Easter to November 1st, every day from July 1st to September 15th.


    Oasi LIPU di Campocatino
    Located inside the boundaries of the Apuane park at the base of Mount Roccandagia. Visitor Center, Nature Trail and interesting “caselli” (small stone shelters) used as summer dwellings by migrant shepherds. The road to Campocatino borders the artificial lake of Vagli which is emptied every four years, returning the sight of the sunken village of Fabbriche di Careggine and where a trail links the dam to the village of Vagli di Sotto on a peninsula on the lake. Boat and canoe rental.


    Grotta del Vento
    On the internal side of the Apuane Alps it is possibile to visit one of the largest cave in Europe. Three itineraries of one, two or three hours with export guides. Open all year. Tel. 0583-722024 . The visit can be coupled with a stop at the Eremo di Calomini, built in 1700 inside a 68mt high grotto and inhabited since by monks of several denominations.


    The Ariosto Path
    The trail is named after the poet Ludovico Ariosto who lived in Castelnuovo Garfagnana as a governor, on behalf of the Este family, from february 1522 till march 1525 and who wrote here the famous Epistole. It is a pleasant walk on the outskirts of Castelnuovo. Duration 1h 30’, max climb 250mt.


    Maddalena’s Bridge (or Devil’s Bridge)
    Built around the year 1000, the bridge, with admirable architectural lines, is 93,10 mt. long and was built by Countess Matilde. It is made of three minor arches and a fourth one very steep over the level of Serchio river. It is a definite landmark of the area.