The itinerary that leads you across the Pescia Valley is a key connection between the trekking system in the Svizzera Pesciatina, the Lucca Hills and the Padule di Fucecchio Natural reserve. You will follow the ancient Francigena Route once was traveled by pilgrims making their way to Rome.
You will cross the western side of the Valdinievole valley and, departing from Pescia, follow the Pescia River downstream and up to the marshes. Along your route you will come across several towns and villages (Montecarlo, Chiesina Uzzanese and Ponte Buggianese), follow the gentle bends of the river, cross over small bridges and finally enjoy the spectacular panorama of the wide Valdinievole valley and the surrounding soft rolling hills covered with olive groves. At times during your walk you will cross heavily trafficked roads, please be careful.
Nature lovers will have the thrilling opportunity to see some typical marsh fauna, including the white heron, the great blue heron and, in springtime, beautiful examples of local flora, such as pond lilies and yellow irises. The trail is constantly maintained on behalf of the Consorzio di Bonifica del Padule di Fucecchio (Reclamation Consortium of the Fucecchio Marshes).
Itinerary technical data
Distance: 30 km. Single legs of the itinerary can be covered, starting from specific posted points of access.
Completion time: 8 hours on foot, 4 hours by bike
Level of difficulty: easy on foot, challenging by bike
Road type: mixed (paved and unpaved), leveled roads
APT Montecatini Terme/Valdinievole
Viale Verdi 66/68
51016 Montecatini Terme
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