La Palazzina Agriturismo in Garfagnana - Toscana
Hiking - Easy Walks
Excursions not to forget !
Airone 1 track - Orecchiella ParkFrom the Visitor’s Centre, the track indicated in yellow and blue reaches the Rifugio Isera (Isera Shelter) and the road going up to the botanic garden. From here, descend to the right in the direction of Pruno, an ancient pastoral location with typical "caselli" local huts covered in "rye" straw. The track ascends to the massive Pania di Corfino, first reaching a terraced area looking on to Vallone delle Grottacce then on to a wild fascinating environment. After reaching the southern rock point, you come to La Fonte dell’Amore and the pastoral area of Campaiana. The track crosses through the woods then on to the grasslands then reaches the Pania summit (1603 m above sea level). After the Sella, descend into the Bocca dei Lupi not far from the Rifugio Isera (Isera Shelter) and then to the Visitor’s Centre. Journey Time (TMP) 5.00 hours
The Pania della Croce Ring-routeThe hiking excursion starts at the location of Piglionico. Leave your car near the small chapel, then take the CAI track n.7 to the Rifugio Rossi (Rossi Shelter - TMP 1,15 hours) from which, take the CAI 126 directions upwards for another hour in the Vallone dell’Inferno, where you reach the top of Pania della Croce the "queen" of the Apuan Alps (1859 m. above sea level). The track then descends to the Foce di Mosceta and the Rifugio del Freo (Del Freo Shelter). From here, take the n. 9 track and then the n. 127, which leads you back to your destination by walking around the Pizzo delle Saette.Average Journey Time (TMP) 6.00 hours
Monte Forato Ring-route
From Fornovolasco the CAI track n. 6 ascends to the Foce di Petrosciana, passing near the Tana che Urla (cave) and the Sorgente della Chiesaccia (spring). From the Foce, an unmarked track although clearly evident, takes you along the crest of the mountain passing near the arch of Monte Forato (1223 m. above sea level) then reaching Foce di Valli. The alternative route is marked with CAI n. 131 which descends slightly to a lower quota and leads to the same location to the foot of the southern side of Pania della Croce. From here the direction indicated by CAI n. 130, passes a few remote houses then back to Fornovolasco. A shorter itinerary is to descend from Monte Forato by the CAI n. 12 until you reach the CAI n. 6 again and continue back to Fornovolasco (TMP 3,30 hours). Average Journey Time (TMP) 5 hours.
Val Serenaia ( hiking )L’anello Orto di Donna (The Lady’s Garden Ring-route). Leaving your car at the end of the paved road which leads to Orto di Donna near the Rifugio Donegani (Donegani Shelter) you find the CAI n. 180 directions to the Foce di Giovo. From here with a short deviation you can reach the summit of Pizzo d’Uccello only advised for expert hikers. Instead, our tour continues on the CAI n. 179 indications under the rock-face of the Cresta Garnerone and the Grondilice, until you reach Cava (Quarry) n. 27, where the "marble" road from Orto di Donna finishes. Here you can find the new Apuan Alps Park shelter. Continuing along the CAI n.179 direction passing near the bivacco (bivouac) K2 until the Foce di Cardeto. At this point the CAI n. 178 track descends into the beech woods to return to your starting point.