- GARFAGNANA REGION
up from Pisa airport included. allowing for most
arrivals, we aim to have a group pick up time of 3pm at
pisa airport. the airport is only 10min from leaning
tower if you get there very early
After a 1
1/2 hr drive from Pisa, we
arrive at our family owned "Agriturismo"
accommodations nestled in the foothills of the Apennine
Mountains. Where we relax for
the rest of the afternoon and get out bikes sorted out.
In the evening we will enjoy a slide show with images
from the region. Traditional evening meal.
GARFAGNANA BIKE TOUR- orecchiella national park
Today we start with our first ride of the week with a
short transfer up into the national park of the
Orecchiella. Here we take a scenic track that contours
behind the peak of the Pania del Corfino (1609m) and
round to the village of Campaiana. From
here we climb on up and have the chance to get onto the
peak of the Pania with amazing views down over the
Garfagnana in all directions. From here and our lunch
spot we take a fast singletrack
down that winds its way through the park via the
Fountain of Love, where one hopes to
catch glimpses of the local wildlife. From the park and onto
village of Corfino, we take an old mule track down
some single tracks switchback sections into
the village for a gelato or 2, before attacking
the lower part of the valley,with its forest
trails and singletrack before we get
back to the main tarmac road and our last 2km
!!! back to our lodge.
off road / 10% on road - 54km total
single track sections / fire tracks / dirt rds /
forestry trails... all you could ever want !!
GARFAGNANA BIKE TOUR - alpi apuane tour
we get ready for our bike tour Garfagnana as we head in
the direction of Apuan Alps, or the marble mountains. We
start from base, and will ride to the pastoral hamlet of
Campocatino and back via the wonderful lake of
Gramolazzo. In Campocatino there are interesting
shepherds huts built with dry stonewalls and slate
roofs, once characteristic of this area . Some of them
date from the 17C. The terrains are a mix of paved and
dirt roads and the ride will be about 40 km long. There
are great views along the way, and great tracks to be
ridden, from wide open track to twisting single track
off rd / 30 % on rd : Total for Day 58km
: Dirt Rds / Single Track / River Crossings / Fire
GARFAGNANA BIKE TOUR - high appennines –
Today we take a bus transfer from the lodge from
500m upto the resort of Casone at 1310m , a winter ski
station. Here we take to the bikes and trails as we head
up to Passo Forbici at 1815m and the main ridge line of
the Apennine Mountains. Then a fast descent to lead us
into the heart of the mountains before a climb back up
to 1800m and Lamalite and the refuge of Battisti. Lunch
here and then some single track to test ones nerve to
take us across the ridge and into a final descent that
goes on for some 20km or more back to our base, via the
use of wide off road track leading onto tarmac.
Alpine Route 70% 0ff rd / 30% on rd : 62km
Single Track / Dirt Rds / Walking Trails. A 8km climb up
to 1700m and then later a 2.5 hr down.
day off the bikes, Lucca, OR LOCAL DAY RIDES
BIKE TOUR – valley ride
Today we ride out of base and take to the tracks and
trails of the lower valley of the Garfagnana. We ride
via old roads and mule tracks to single track walking
ride takes us through fields and meadows, through
medieval towns and villages, through the heart of the
Garfagnana and its traditions, that are as relaxed and
as real as one could want to find. The routes are a mix
of dirt track, single track and wide open paths, to make
shift routes as we pick our way around the valley.
Lakes, mountains, villages…it is all here !
off rd and 30% on : 55km + extras can be added
of terrain...!! ever changing in this ride: Single Track
to die for !! Medieval Rds / Dirt tracks and more !
GARFAGNANA – high to low – san pellegrino and
We are taken back up the resort of Casone at 1310m, but
this time we
head in the opposite direction. Our ride takes us up to
Monte Giovarello and a single track route to Passo
Radici, an exciting path that really gets you going !!!.
From the Passo, we take to tarmac for a short section,
of which it is part of the Giro D’Italia. This takes
us up to Alpe di San Pellegrino and the onto a widing
track that starts to descend as if forever !!!. We are
on wide open vehicle track, although only used for 4X4
it holds a lot of surprises and excitement for the ride
down !!! The route takes us all the way down to Capraia
and then onto the village of Sillico, with an amazing
vantage point over the valley below. We continue to
descend, back into the valley and the town of Pieve
Fosciana. For our final section back to base. A full on
high to low with hight lost from 1700m down to 370m at
the lowest part of the valley, a great way to finish the
riding in the Garfagnana.
off rd / 15 % on rd : 64km
mix of Dirt track / forestry trails to excellent single
track sections. Testing your stamina & all you
have learnt throughout the week !!
tour ends – transfer to pisa
by bus, time to look at the tower before connecting to
flight back to UK.
provided to Pisa airport, depends on flight departures,
we aim to be there for 2pm. earlier departures we may be
able to accomodate for or arrange / taxi or train.
transfer to Pisa for journey home.