Camping & Hiking in the Lunigiana Region

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Adventure in the High Lunigiana!

Mountain walking, hiking & scrambling .....
The High Lunigiana  is a wonderful place for the keen mountain walker. The Apennine Ridge stretches for 1000km from the French border to the Adriatic and provides endless opportunity for exploration and enjoyment. Summer conditions are generally benign but in winter the combination of snow/ice and ever changing weather will keep even the most experienced on their toes.

Poor rock quality limits opportunities for keen climbers to exercise their craft, but there is plenty of challenging scrambling to enjoy. Via Ferrata can also be found, but the longest and most exhilarating are located in the Alpi Apuane (about an hour's drive away).

Footpaths are waymarked by the Club Alpino Italiano ("CAI") - in their simplest form waymarks consist of painted red & white bands applied to walls, rocks or trees. You will also see green and yellow markings - these indicate the Trekking Lunigiana routes.

For the convenience of guests we provide a comprehensive selection of local reference maps at 1:25000 scale together with GPS data which cover the main CAI (Club Alpino Italiano) waymarked paths. A sample of our walking instructions may be found here.

The key publications for the region are:
  • Rother Walking Guide: Tuscany North, Wolfgang Heitzmann & Renate Gabriel, translated from the German by Gill Round 2001 8.99
  • Trekking in the Apennines, Gillian Price, Cicerone 2005 12
  • Guida dei Monti D'Italia: Appennino Ligure e Tosco-Emiliano, M Salvo & D Canossini CAI/TCI 2003 36.5eu (in Italian - the definitive work)
Overnight accommodation .....
Please note that camping is not allowed within the National Parks of Italy. Instead, travellers are expected to use the (excellent) Rifugios, Baitas, Bivaccos and Capannas instead. Rifugios are usually basic hotels similar in some ways to the modern day Youth Hostels found in the UK. In contrast, Baitas, Bivaccos and Capannas are more like Scottish bothies - unmanned and providing very basic accommodation, usually free of charge. Invariably there is no piped water or internal sanitation but there is always a source of fresh drinking water nearby and wood burning stoves, cooking equipment, dining tables/benches and sleeping platforms are provided.

Upland access, right to roam, flora & fauna .....
No one will mind if you wander around the countryside outside the confines of the village - keep to paths if you can, but don't feel too inhibited about going off-track. (No one has ever complained about our own wanderings). Generally the rule is that you can go anywhere that is uncultivated and unfenced provided that you don't cause damage, light fires or leave litter.

Strictly speaking, the collection of flora - especially mushrooms - requires a licence from the Comune (town hall) unless one is permanently resident in the village. No one complains, however, when we collect chestnuts and hazelnuts without a licence. (The villagers' main concern is that people who come from out of area would, unless regulated, strip the woods of all edible flora).
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scrambling
Hiking/scrambling

via ferrata
Via Ferrata

cerreto
Winter sports

Baita Tifoni
Baita Tifoni

camping
Camping

    
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