Tuscany countryside walks through Casentino, Chianti and Crete senesi
Tuscany countryside walks through Casentino, Chianti and Crete senesi, departing Florence, our ride takes us through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Italy as we head to The Casentino, a vast forest National Park in the northern Apennine Mountains. Although situated in the centre of Italy, in Tuscany, this area of heavily wooded peaks is utterly remote in atmosphere and the nature has remained largely unchanged since the last glaciers receded.
The vast tracts of unspoiled wilderness harbours healthy populations of red deer, roe deer, fallow deer, wild boar and even the Apennine wolf. Franciscan and Benedictine monks established monasteries here in the Middle ages and are still present today: Inside the park there are two points of great interest and spiritual importance: the Sanctuary of La Verna and the Hermitage of Camaldoli, both with a long History which goes back to the medieval time. Follow us on Facebook!
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS HOLIDAY
- Visit to the magnificent hermitage of La Verna, home of St. Francis
- Visit to the ancient Pharmacy of the medieval monks
- Visit of one of the most ancient forest of Europe
- Famous Tuscan “mountain” cooking
- Traditional fresh pasta: Pici, Fiorentine, Sagnarelli,
- Wines and liqueurs: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, Vermentino, Vin Santo
- Olive oil, Grande Vecchio di Montefollonico, Pecorino Toscano, Finocchiona, Finto Tonno
|IMPORTANT NOTE||The schedule might be subject to change; Depending on your needs and your requests, we can provide you individual services (accomodation, land service, guide service, single tours and activities) or a full package tour;|
|Availability||January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December|
|What is included||5 packed or picnic lunches, 6 dinners, wine&beverages included, 7 continental morning breakfast, 7 nights in hotel in Badia Prataglia, All entrance fees in scheduled stops and local taxes, Professional Official Guide, Transportation in private van 9 seats (8+1)|
|What is not included||– All not expressed in the “What is included”, − Personal Expenses|
DAY 1 – Florence-Badia Prataglia (Casentino). Arrival day.
Group assemble in Florence airport (or Pisa apt) – meeting with the guide and departure to the Casentino National Park area. We settle at the ancient mountain village of Badia Prataglia. Accommodation in hotel and dinner.
DAY 2 – Badia Prataglia-Monte Penna-Badia Prataglia
One of the most panoramic walk to the top of Monte Penna, to reach the natural balcony over the Romagna area: superb hike across alpine meadows, forested peaks, wonderful views. An unusual aspect of Tuscany! Breakfast in hotel. Packed or picnic lunch. Dinner in hotel.
12kms, 400m total ascent, 4.30hrs
DAY 3 – Badia Prataglia-Eremo-Camaldoli
Our day of walking lead us at the tiny ancient monastery of Holy Hermitage of Camaldoli, founded in the year 1000, where the monks live in hermitage and continue their ancient practice of planting 5,000 trees a year as part of their stewardship of the forest. This walk takes us through thick stands of ancient fir and beech wood forest, across high mountain meadows alive with wild flowers and some superb panoramic views of the surrounding hills. Then we proceed to Camaldoli to visit the Ancient Pharmacy, where monks prepared their medicines since Medieval times. Superb scenery, lots of history. Breakfast in hotel. Packed or picnic lunch. Dinner in hotel.
14kms, 450m total ascent , 6hrs
DAY 4 – FREE DAY
In this day it will be possible to visit the medieval city of Arezzo or Florence or the small villages of Casentino, rich in history, art, culture, such as the medieval castle of Poppi, where Dante Alighieri, the “Maximum Poet” considered the father of the Italian language spent many years while he was writing his Divine Comedy. Arezzo and Florence can be reached with public transportation or with the minibus, with an extra to be paid on spot. Breakfast in hotel. No lunch nor Dinner provided.
DAY 5 – Il Capanno – Campo dell’Agio – Badia Prataglia
This day will take us along paths immersed in the deep forest that will cross many times the stream river of Archiano, named by Dante Alighieri in his Divine Comedy. The bridge of the devil, the tree of the elephant, the fairy cave and the meadows of tranquility are some of the amenities we will find along the way. Breakfast in hotel. Packed or picnic lunch. Dinner in hotel.
13kms, 350m total ascent, 5/6hrs
DAY 6 – Badia Prataglia-La Verna-Badia Prataglia
Today we drive shortly to reach Chiusi della Verna, where a short walk will take us up above the rock platform where we can enjoy the stunning view of the valley down below. We can visit one of the finest monastery, the La Verna, where St. Francis of Assisi spent much of his life. Breakfast in hotel. Packed or picnic lunch. Dinner in hotel.
8kms, 250m total ascent, 3hrs
DAY 7 – Eremo di Camaldoli – Cavalla Pazza – Badia Prataglia
From the Hermitage of Camaldoli we will walk along meadows, forests and natural wonders, views of unforgettable landscapes immersed in a deep peace that will inevitably charm you. Breakfast in hotel. Packed or picnic lunch. Dinner in hotel.
13kms, 350m total ascent, 5hrs
DAY 8 – Departure
After the breakfast we transfer to Florence or Pisa airport – end of services.