Garfagnana, the “Hidden Corner of Tuscany”, off the beaten
track of tourism and full of natural treasures and traditions.
Surrounded by the chain of the Alpi Apuane on one, and the
other the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano. These two ranges have an
amazing contrast, hugely varying in a small distance, giving
two separate environments, different morphologically, socially
and also traditionally. From them an unusual range of images
and colours are born to the naked eye. To the sharp peaks of
the Apuane , with its white marble glistening, then crossing
over, there are contrasted by profile and high undulating
ridge of the imposing Appennines. With slim green pastures and
that of the colour of the immense woods of beech trees. In the
fondovalle (lower valley), the crystalline waters of the
Serchio, serve as a dividing line among these two landscapes,
different, but equally fascinating.
Garfagnana and the Valley of the Serchio River, serve as an ideal
environment for one who wants to live in direct contact with nature, whilst
being able to rediscover the history of a valley and the traditional culture
and past of its inhabitants. The Garfagnana, is an area set apart from the
province of Lucca, that has succeeded in the passage of time an almost
unchanged native landscape and environmental characteristics. The climate,
with middle of the range temperatures distant from the high values of the
lower plains of Pisa, due to the freshness of altitude and a real alpine
weather system. The valley has the abundance of water due to good rainfall
from what one could call a real micro-climate due to the 2 ranges of
mountains that close the valley. The weather patterns have given a luxuriant
aspect to the natural vegetation. Throughout the year the hillsides are an
oasi of green, especially the slopes of the Appennines and the Park of the
Orecchiella full of bilberry bushes, to the Alps Apuane and its bare peaks,
both areas of mountains are today National and Regional Parks. These parks
are of course home to a great deal of wildlife, giving shelter to lots of
species of animal common and rare, plus species indigenous to the area. Also
the area contains rare kinds residual of the ancient glaciations as well as
many types of flora, some indigenous to the area, examples such as the
Rhododendron ferrugineun and many other flowers which in spring time gives
colour in ever aspect of the valley, from varieties of Orchid and fields of
Narcisi, to great numbers of common flowers such as gentian and santalina.
is something for all in the Garfagnana, a natural valley that time has not
spoilt, and a region one can call the Real Hidden Secret of Tuscany
– a gem in the mountains of Tuscany.
Garfagnana ?? >
+ Trekking Garfagnana : Peak Heights upto 2100m , between 2
mountain ranges of the Apennines and the Alpi Apuane. There are Via
ferrata and mountain refuges, and we can show them all !!
+ Waymarked trails for self guided tours & guided tours and
full week options. You can come and stay at our agriturismo and we can
show you where to go and what to do.... that's what we are here for !!
and if you want a guide or a package put together, we can do that too
+ Agriturismo in Garfagnana : Braccicorti : Great food
and friendly accommodation, in a beautiful Tuscan Agriturismo in the
Garfagnana, with local family on site for real Italian feel and
cuisine !!We have 2 swiimming pools, 5 chalets to rent out, 8 double
bed rooms, kayaks and bikes to hire and our 6 holf golf course ! >
+ Experienced guides and local family of Braccicorti
providing holiday's specific to your personal and group
needs. Custom design! Our guides all have porfessional alpine
experience and mtb qualifications, we are local guides for Exodus and
Explore, 2 UK travel operators and their tours in Tuscany.