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.
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.
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.