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On the way to Vagli Lake, Campocatino and Eremo di San Viano


One day guided excursion to dive in the nature of a magic corner

In the morning, at Vagli di Sotto, visit to the suspension bridge and Vagli Lake, which, when drained for maintenance work, magically re-emerges as the ghostly ruins of a ghost town: Fabbriche di Careggine.

Then we drive for 15 minutes to Campocatino, a LIPU (Italian League for Bird Protection) Oasis located in the beautiful scenery of the Apuan Alps, enclosed to the north by the peaks of Monte Pisanino and to the south by Monte Sumbra.

We will walk along the Campocatino Nature Trail. This is a short circular walk that allows you to visit the entire glacial origin basin of Campocatino. Starting from the "caselli" of the old alpine pastureland, crossing the shelves that were once worked, we arrive at the beech woods at the foot of the wall of Mount Roccandagia. From here a walk of about 2 hours (tot 4km and 200m+) towards the Eremo di San Viano, a rupestrian church set in the rock at about 1090 metres above sea level. In this inhospitable place, the Blessed Viviano (Viano) lived his life as a hermit, feeding himself by the wild cabbages that miraculously grew in abundance on the bare rocky walls. 

On return from the excursion, packed lunch at Campocatino

To finish the day, a 15-minute drive to the "Olimpio Cammelli" Museum of the Identity of the Upper Garfagnana in Gorfigliano. This is a structure of absolute historical interest, because it is dedicated to the material culture of the Garfagnana territory, and exhibits objects and machinery relating to domestic life, peasant life and productive activities such as marble quarrying, dating mainly from the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.


Prices include

  • Hiking guide during the whole route

Supplemental charges

Everything that is not expressly indicated in the "Prices include" section


Meeting point

Meeting point 10:00 a.m., Vagli di Sotto - you need your own transport to reach the tour sites


For the complete and detailed program click here. 

Technical notes duration of the visit: 7 hours (full day). The excursion is suitable for everyone, including families. Easy, well-marked trails with no technical difficulties.

Clothing and equipment: 

  • hiking shoes
  • layered hiking clothing
  • rain jacket
  • poles or walking sticks (optional)
  • day pack
  • packed lunch
  • water to drink at least 1.5 litres
  • hat.


  • 24 hours notice required
  • Minimum number of participants: 2
  • Children pay the same as adults
  • The price of the excursion decreases as the number of participants increases and, in case, it will be reimbursed to you the greater expense incurred
  • If you are a group of at least 6 people, you can choose your preferred date.
  • Recommended period: April-October.


Garfagnana Experience by I Viaggi di Andrea
P.IVA: 01186580468
Piazza del Duomo, 6/7
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana