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Trekking in the Lunigiana's parks
Sports, beautiful views and many unforgettable emotions
The most beautiful trekking routes in the Lunigiana area can be walked in the local parks. From the Apuan Alps to the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, nature lovers of all ages can explore the beautiful views and breathtaking panoramas of the area.
From the Mountains to the Sea
Alpi Apuane at the sunset
Alpi Apuane at the sunset- Credit:  Paolo Sarteschi

The view from the Apuan Peaks - Regional Park of the Apuan Alps: the Apuan Alps are one of the most extraordinary mountain ranges in Italy because of their position, just few kilometres from the coast, and their height, with some peaks reaching 2,000 metres above sea level. Here, mountains and the sea seem to be very close.

Activities: Excursions begin in the small town of Vinca and continue along a path that rises uphill, through a beautiful rocky forest of chestnut and pine trees. Enjoy the view once you reach Foce Rasori, at the foot of Monte Grondilice, which overlooks the coast and the imposing peaks of the northern Apuan Alps. Continue along the path to Foce Di Giovo, located at the foot of the south side of Pizzo d’Uccello (or Uccello peak), the preferred destination of mountain climbers. Here, the views are noteworthy: enjoy splendid panoramas of the Lunigiana and Val Serenaia, which dominates the Pisa area. The last part of this route, which proceeds downhill, passes through mountain pastures and the ruins of the Giovo Capanna before reaching Vinca.

Via degli Eremiti
Pizzo d'Uccello
Pizzo d'Uccello- Credit:  Lorenzo Antiga
Nature as an inspiration - Regional Park of the Apuan Alps: a rich and suggestive itinerary that travels through the naturalistic areas that inspired the spiritual retirement of those who built the hermitage.
Activities: participants are be accompanied by a guide. The excursion begins in the town of Vinca. The first part of the path travels along an old milk route that boasts fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. The path then travels toward the northern side of the Pizzo d’Uccello (or Uccello peak), where excursionists will find the remains of the hermitage. From there, descend until you reach the ruins of Castellaccio, which dominates Monzone, and return to the old milk route leading to Vinca.

The fields of Camporaghena
Sassalbo- Credit:  Arpat
Among rare flowers and mountain towns - Tuscan-Emilian Apennines:
after leaving the livestock raising area, there are many pastures and green fields in this part of the Apennines. Due to increased deforestation, many of the main characteristics are disappearing.

Activities: daily excursions run from Sassalbo to Camporaghena and back. This route travels along the marble transit routes to the north of Sassalbo, where visitors can closely see the rocks and marble.
The excursion brings visitors to the pastures and fields of Camporaghena, where there are interesting Karst formations and a series of plant species that blossom beautifully in the spring. The town of Camporaghena merits a visit for its sandstone and red rock buildings. Then return to Prati, where you can reach an easy ring route that leads back to Sassalbo.

Vallone dell’Inferno
Cerreto-Comano- Credit:  Giorgio Galeotti
The kingdom of wolves - Tuscan-Emilian Apennines National Park: this park is located in the upper valley of Rosaro, one of the most interessing naturalistic areas in this mountain range.

Activities: guided excursions in the Vallone dell’Inferno (literally the Valley of Hell) take visitors to the important cirque glacier where the wolves still live. The path leaves from the ancient town of Sassalbo, follows one of the ancient routes in the Lunigiana, along Via Modenese that connects the sea to Modena, and passes through chestnut woods (which are still used to make some flour today!).

The route then arrives in the 'le fosse' area, an interesting wet area, and then rises higher up and passes through a beech tree wood until Bivacco Rosaro, located near the mouth of the Rosaro river. From here, the path ascends to the Cerreto Pass, and leads excursionists back to the town of Sassalbo.

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