Canyoning is a fully engaging experience: head up river as you fight the current, discovering the spectacular gorges that have been dug out by these waterways, so deep you can hardly see the sky when you’re inside them. Take, for example, the canyon that inspired Dante and his infernal landscapes, which we can find at the foot of the Apennines near Lucca: the Orrido di Botri, a canyon that’s super narrow at a few points, surrounded by rugged environs where man has never intervened and infused with a magical atmosphere. The deepest canyon in Tuscany, whose rocky walls rise up 200 metres in height in some parts, is covered in dense vegetation, and climbing up the slopes in search of light are beech trees with unusual forms. The narrow points make it difficult for light to filter deep into the gorge, creating a unique climate that’s particularly cool and wet, which allows the beech trees to grow in a lower climate than what is natural for the species. This is an unusual landscape, but it’s definitely not the only one in Tuscany with such characteristics.
The Lunigiana also hides an equally wild and spectacular place, perfect for exploring with the water up to your knees and waist, your face pointed to the sky: the Stretti di Giaredo and its liver-coloured walls. Amidst jumps and slides, the Rio Selvano and the Serra in the Garfagnana lead you on a canyoning experience through the fresh, cool waters in one of the most beautiful areas in the Region. Some waterways have created wider valleys and are perfect for traversing in sturdy rafts for the thrilling experience of rafting.