Hiking the Monte Matanna in the Apuan Alps

If you’re looking for an easy hike accessible to everyone, I suggest you to head to Monte Matanna, a mountainous relief of the Apennine chain of the Apuan Alps, in the municipality of Stazzema, northern Tuscany. With its 1317 m above sea level, it is the highest relief of the area and very easy to reach because the refuge Alto Matanna (located at 1040 m above sea level at the foot of Mount Matanna) is accessible by car!

To reach the mountain refuge by car follow the signs to Pescaglia and then you’ll find more road signs to Monte Matanna... it's a narrow winding road so take care. You can leave the car in the parking of the Rifugio Alto Matanna and head to the top of the mountain following the signs of the paths numbers 3, 5, 109 and 121. Long stretches of bare rock are interspersed with green lawns on the crest of the mountain. If you are lucky you can see animals (wild sheep, roe deer, fallow deer), birds (swallow, partridge, golden eagle) and wild horses.

A view on the Apuan Alps [Photo Credits: Serena Puosi - Tuscany Social Media Team]
A view on the Apuan Alps [Photo Credits: Serena Puosi - Tuscany Social Media Team]

The view from the top embraces the coast and many islands and the rocky peaks of the southern Apuan Alps, as well as a large part of northern Tuscany. It's really worth: here are some photos that can testify this!

The view from the top [Photo Credits: Serena Puosi - Tuscany Social Media Team]
The view from the top [Photo Credits: Serena Puosi - Tuscany Social Media Team]
The view from the top looking to the coast [Photo Credits: Serena Puosi - Tuscany Social Media Team]
The view from the top looking to the coast [Photo Credits: Serena Puosi - Tuscany Social Media Team]

For more info about this area (in Italian): http://www.escursioniapuane.com/SDF/MonteMatanna.html

Cover image credit: Serena Puosi

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