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Apuans & Apennines

Nestled away from the Tuscan tourist trail, a secluded valley, guarded by a horse-shoe of mountains, invites exploration. Discover the captivating allure of the Apuan and Apennine ranges, hiking through Italy's diverse landscapes. This harmonious blend of scenic vistas and cultural richness offers an unforgettable journey through picturesque Italian mountain terrain.

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  • 14 nights
  • Half Board
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Walking grade

Grade 6

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent and longer distances covered.  Whilst you will be mainly on paths, these may be rough, steep, and loose at times. We take the whole day to enjoy some fabulous walks.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 8 miles; Ascent/Descent 850m; Terrain: sometimes rough, loose or steep sections; Walking Time: 8hrs / Full Day walks.

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s key walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Ascend Pania di Corfino for a stunning panoramic view of the Apuan Range.
  • Explore Parco Nazionale Tosco Emiliano, a recently formed park, with enchanting walking trails.
  • Opt for a walk through the captivating Orrido di Botri gorge.
  • Ascend the Pania della Croce, known as the Queen of the Apuans, and a wonderful walk at both grades.
  • Explore World Heritage Site of Cinque Terre, a unique and picturesque destination awaits.

Journey away from the well-trodden Tuscan tourist trail and find yourself in the serene embrace of the Garfagnana Valley, an exquisite sanctuary nestled amidst a protective horseshoe of mountains. To the west, the grandeur of the Apuan Alps unfolds, while the east and north reveal the sprawling beauty of the Apennines. This enchanting region invites exploration, offering a blend of diverse landscapes, from mountain peaks to winding ridges.

Delve into the heart of the Garfagnana Valley and witness the breathtaking panoramas from the Apuan peaks, where the Tyrrhenian Sea and its islands gracefully unfold below. The Tuscan mountains provide a majestic backdrop, visible from almost every vantage point within this picturesque valley. As you descend, medieval hamlets and castles dot the landscape, narrating tales of history and heritage.

The walking experience in this region is unparalleled. Monte Sumbra (1770m) beckons as an excellent starting point, offering spectacular views without demanding excessive exertion. The Pania di Corfino (1607m) presents a delightful mountain walk, treating you to a panoramic spectacle of the Apuan range across the valley. The iconic Pania della Croce (1858m), the crown jewel of the Apuan range, stands as a testament to the region's natural wonders. The goal is not just reaching the peaks, but relishing the journey up and down, immersing in the tranquil countryside. Early summer adds a vibrant touch with blooming flowers.

Traverse the curiously named ‘00' footpath along the Tuscany-Emilia Romagna watershed, providing sweeping views of the Apennines, Apuans, and the valley. Highlights of the itinerary include the world-famous Cinque Terre coastline, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, accessible either by foot or a scenic sail along the coast. Another extraordinary experience awaits at the natural gorge of Orrido di Botri, referenced by Dante in his Inferno and a nesting site for golden eagles. Non-gorge enthusiasts can opt for an alternative walk above the hotel, passing through the charming hamlet of Sillico.

On your free day, the walled medieval city of Lucca beckons with its timeless charm, easily accessible by a single-track railway. For those craving subterranean exploration, a visit to the Grotta del Vento, one of Europe's finest limestone cave systems, is a captivating possibility. Immerse yourself in nature, history, and unique experiences on this remarkable journey through Tuscany and Emilia Romagna.

  • Return flights from London to Pisa
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on half board basis
  • Water & wine included with dinner
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public transport
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

17220

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Upon arrival at Pisa airport, you transfer to Hotel La Lanterna in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana.

Transfer Time = 1h 30m

Day 2

Castelnuovo and the Serchio Valley

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.1 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    460m

Take a circular walk from your hotel, immersing yourself in the charm of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. Explore the ancient hamlets along the Serchio River, and don't miss the possibility to visit the impressive Castelnuovo di Garfagnana fortress, steeped in history and offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. It's a delightful journey through both the town's rich heritage and the picturesque natural setting that defines this enchanting region.

Day 3

La Vetricia to San Pellegrino Pass ridge walk

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    710/500m

Begin your journey from a mountain refuge, ascending to explore the elevated 00 footpath. This historic trail once marked the mountainous border between Tuscany and neighbouring Emilia Romagna, offering you breath-taking 360° views of both regions.

Day 4

Free day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Consider spending a day in Lucca, where you can either walk or cycle along the city walls, explore Puccini's former residence turned museum, and wander through the charming narrow streets and squares. Another option is to visit Barga, renowned for its architecture, jazz festival, and Scottish ties. Take a local train along the single-track railway to any destination that catches your fancy. Alternatively, indulge in a leisurely day by the outdoor swimming pool for a relaxing break.

Day 5

Monte Sumbra

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    1080/1330m

Ascend through captivating beech woods, emerging in the heart of the Apuans with spectacular views. Take in the sight of Lake Vagli to the north, famous for its drowned village, and the Panias Group to the south. Experience a dramatic descent through meadows and rock formations, enjoying views of the picturesque Isola Santa below as you arrive at the village of Capanne di Careggine.  

Day 6

Monte Forato

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    6.9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    850m

Commence your trek from the remote village of Fornovolasco. Ascend through wooded slopes to reach the ridge, home to the remarkable Monte Forato. This twin summit features a captivating natural rock arch connecting the peaks. On clear days, gaze through the near-perfect circular aperture formed by the arch to behold the Tyrrhenian shores. The hole, standing approximately 26 m tall, and the arch, with a thickness of about 8 m, create a captivating spectacle in the heart of nature. Monte Forato, with its geological marvel, offers a unique and memorable experience amid the stunning landscapes.

Day 7

Pania della Croce

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    4.9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    790m

Distinguished as the 'Queen of the Apuans,' Pania dell Croce stands among the highest, most renowned, and breathtaking peaks in the Apuan range. Commencing from Monte Piglionicco, the journey includes a visit to the mountain refuge, Rifugio Rossi, followed by a rocky ascent and a traverse along a spectacular ridge. From this vantage point, gaze upon the Tyrrhenian Sea and its islands below. After a satisfying lunch at the summit, the return journey retraces the same or a similarly scenic route, offering a complete and rewarding mountain experience.

Day 8

Pania di Corfino

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    7.1 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    490/920m

The move to the second centre of the tour is broken by ‘bagging’ the peak of Pania di Corfino (1607m) . After bidding farewell to Hotel La Lanterna and packing up, a full day unfolds in the Tosco-Emiliano National Park, situated between the two centres. Climb to the summit of Pania di Corfino, where panoramic views reveal the splendour of the Apuan range across the valley. As you return to the coach, continue the journey through the upper Garfagnana Valley, with its wonderful scenery, to Hotel Belverdere for the next chapter of the adventure.

Day 9

Lake Gramolazzo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    10.9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    480m

The walk initially meanders through the enchanting woods, leading from the hotel South to the picturesque Lake Gramolazzo. The trail offers a relaxing walk, providing leisurely moments to appreciate beauty of the surrounding countryside. At the lake, enjoy some free time and maybe take a refreshing dip in the inviting waters. This tranquil exploration promises a captivating blend of wooded landscapes and the peaceful surroundings of Lake Gramolazzo.

Day 10

Pradarena Pass to Le Porraie circular

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    460m

Take on a high-level circular walk, commencing from the mountain pass of Passo di Pradarena. Follow the undulating ridgeline before finally climbing to its imposing summit. This walk provides stunning vistas and a challenging and rewarding exploration of this part of the Apennine range.

Day 11

Monte Prado / Monte Vecchio

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600/830m

The walk begins from the Visitor's Centre in the Tosco-Emiliano National Park, climbing to the top of the grassy ridge separating Tuscany and Emilia Romagna.   There are breathtaking 360° views to enjoy from this vantage point. The walk culminates at the peak of Monte Vecchio, reaching an altitude of 1983m.  

Day 12

Free day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

A local walk or a leisurely day by the outdoor swimming pool.

Day 13

Le Cinque Terre

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6.9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/530m

The Cinque Terre is highly regarded, both for walking and sightseeing. The group travel by coach to the port of La Spezia on the 'Bay of Poets’. There are two options available for the day’s activities.  The sailing option is dependent on the weather. Either enjoy a leisurely sail along the coast, stopping off to explore 2 or 3 of the Five Villages; or, alternatively, take a walk from Riomaggiore to La Spezia.  For this option travel by train from La Spezia to Riomaggiore and walk back.  It takes about 4 hours initially along a ridge which runs parallel to the coast then striking inlad to the village of Biassa then down to La Spezia. The walking option allows time for sightseeing in both Riomaggiore and La Spezia.

In case of inclement weather, the leader may adapt the sailing program, potentially offering a visit to the charming Porto Venere.

Day 14

Monte Tondo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    10.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400/1130m

The walk starts from Passo di Pradarena, situated at over 1500m.  The route follows, yet again, the watershed between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. This route climbs to the summit of Monte Tondo (1782m), offering spectacular views. Descend steadily through the woods, passing by the ruins of the Ospitale di Tea and the Sanctuary of Monte Argegna on the ancient pilgrim's route of the Volto Santo.  The route terminates back at the hotel. This walk promises a blend of natural beauty, historical landmarks, and a sense of pilgrimage, providing a rich and rewarding exploration of the area at the head of the Garfagnana Valley.

Day 15

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Depart from the hotel for the journey to Pisa Airport and flights back to the UK. Safe travels!

Departure dates for your selected tour

27th Aug 2024 - 10th Sep 2024 (14 Nights)

17th Jun 2025 - 1st Jul 2025 (14 Nights)

8th Jul 2025 - 22nd Jul 2025 (14 Nights)

26th Aug 2025 - 9th Sep 2025 (14 Nights)

2nd Sep 2025 - 16th Sep 2025 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Pisa
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour 30 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel La Lanterna

Nestled on a captivating balcony above the charming town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana in the Garfagnana Valley, Hotel La Lanterna beckons travellers with its picturesque setting, just a kilometre from the quaint village of Pieve Fosciana.

This inviting hotel boasts a wealth of amenities to ensure a delightful stay. Guests can unwind by the large outdoor swimming pool or stay connected with Wi-Fi available in public areas. The well-appointed rooms feature essential comforts like hairdryers and TVs, with many also offering the added convenience of fridges.

Noteworthy is the hotel's emphasis on modernity, as all bathrooms exclusively feature showers.

Convenience is further enhanced by the proximity of two supermarkets within a short stroll, complemented by a variety of bakeries, greengrocers, and other shops in Pieve Fosciana. This allows guests to easily assemble a picnic for leisurely walks. Alternatively, the hotel caters to guests' culinary needs by offering picnic lunches upon request.

For those seeking a taste of local life, Pieve Fosciana hosts a charming small market on Saturdays, while the larger market in Castelnuovo on Thursdays provides an immersive experience into the region's offerings.

Both Pieve Fosciana and Castelnuovo are well-equipped with essential amenities, including post offices and banks featuring ATM machines, ensuring that guests have everything they need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Hotel La Lanterna seamlessly combines modern comforts with the allure of the Garfagnana Valley, promising a memorable and convenient retreat.

Hotel Belvedere

Situated in the beautiful Passo dei Carpinelli, the Hotel Belvedere stands amidst the stunning natural beauty of its surroundings. Situated at an elevation that offers panoramic views, this charming hotel provides a unique escape for adventure.

The Hotel Belvedere is distinguished by its warm hospitality and a commitment to providing a comfortable stay. The establishment boasts a range of well-appointed rooms, each designed to offer modern amenities while maintaining a connection to the picturesque landscape outside. 

The focal point of the hotel is undoubtedly its namesake, the Belvedere, or panoramic viewpoint, offering sweeping vistas of the Passo dei Carpinelli and the surrounding natural wonders. Guests can savour these views from the comfort of their rooms or while enjoying a meal at the hotel's restaurant, which is known for its delectable local cuisine.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the Passo dei Carpinelli provides a gateway to a multitude of hiking trails and recreational activities, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the pristine landscapes that characterize the region.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent and longer distances covered.  Whilst you will be mainly on paths, these may be rough, steep, and loose at times. We take the whole day to enjoy some fabulous walks.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 8 miles; Ascent/Descent 850m; Terrain: sometimes rough, loose or steep sections; Walking Time: 8hrs / Full Day walks.

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s key walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in Italy

The currency in Italy is the Euro.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

We fly from London to Pisa and return with British Airways. 

Travel between Pisa Airport and the hotel is by road and takes approximately one and a half hours.

The transfer between Casone-Carpinelli and Castelnuovo di Garfagnana take around 40 minutes, however we will be making the most the day by taking in another walk.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday charge and will be taken at the hotels. Lunches are not included. Please note both hotels are happy to provide ceoliac diets for clients requiring them.

Initially the La Lanterna started life 40 years ago primarily as a restaurant followed by the hotel run by the dedicated Turri family. It is not surprising then that the food has remained at the heart of the hotel. Particularly look out for local produce such as their cheeses, chestnuts, honey and porcini mushrooms.

The hotel Belvedere has an excellent reputation for food; again, expect good wholesome mountain dishes, polenta, pasta and local produce. The hotel provides picnic lunches on request. Otherwise, there is a small grocer’s 5 mins walk from the hotel.

In Italy, traditional meals may include primo, il secondo, and dolce, depending on the individual restaurant. Primo can be served as an appetiser and usually consists of rich pasta, soup or risotto. The main course is called il secondo and usually includes meat, fish or vegetarian. The dolce refers to the dessert and ends a traditional Italian meal.

Also wine is included at your evening meals. We do ask you to be modest though as the typical Italian would only drink 1/3 of a bottle with dinner.

Please note that in Italy it is customary to pay for water consumed at the dinner table estimating around €2-3 per 0.75cl bottle.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Holiday Specific Kit

In the Orrido di Botri Gorge the water could be ankle to knee deep. We advise you bring extra footwear that you don’t mind getting wet for this walk. Lace up trainers would be perfect and this means your walking boots will stay nice and dry ready for the next days’ exploration.  

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Italy

Electricity in Italy is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

The following maps have proved useful:

Carta Dei Sentieri e Rifugi / Appennino Toscoemiliano 1:25000  Sheet 18
Carta Dei Sentieri e Rifugi / Appennino Toscoemiliano 1:25000 Sheet 20
Carta Dei Sentieri: CAI Alto Appennino Modenese: Parco del Frignano 1: 25000
Alpi Alpuane della Garfagnana 1:20000 (Edizioni Multigraphic Firenze)
Parco Nazionale Appennino Tosco-emiliano 1:25000 Foglio Est
Carta Dei Sentieri e Rifugi / Appennino Toscoemiliano 1:25000 Sheet 15

Many local libraries stock a good selection of travel guides/books which may offer you more information on the Tuscany region.

You may find the following websites useful:

Italian State Tourism: www.enit.it 
Tuscany Tourist Office: www.turismo.intoscana.it/en/
Garfagnana Tourist Information: www.turismo.provincia.lucca.it/en

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Italy

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Italy.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Italian Laws & Customs

In some Italian towns and cities you may be fined for dropping litter and in some towns or cities it’s an offence to sit on monument steps or to eat and drink in the immediate vicinity of main churches, historic monuments and public buildings. It’s also an offence to enter or bathe in public fountains.

In May 2019, the Municipality of Capri introduced a law forbidding the use of any disposable plastic objects such as bags, cutlery, plates, cups, food packaging, trays, straws on the island of Capri. Violations can incur a fine of up to 500 euros.

Illegal traders operate on the streets of all major Italian cities, particularly tourist cities like Florence, Venice and Rome. Don’t buy from illegal street traders. You could be stopped by the local police and fined.

It is illegal to remove sand, shells or pebbles from coastal areas in Italy. Doing so may result in heavy fines. It’s also forbidden to collect various species of flowers, plants and herbs from mountain and wooded areas. For more information, check with the regional authorities of the area you’re visiting.

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Italy

  • Capital

    Rome

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Italian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • February

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • March

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 63mm

  • April

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • July

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 48mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • October

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • November

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 96mm

  • December

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

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