Tuscany is the ideal place to experience landscapes slowly, to notice the details that are revealed at every step, to savor the moments, a succession of different scenery, from the peaks of the Apennine mountains to the Maremma countryside. A hiking network that crosses the entire region with itineraries for all preparations and tastes.
One walks through history among the peaks of the Apuan Alps, here where the events of World War II took place, with clashes and reprisals that have left traces that are still visible. The Gothic Line, a system of German fortifications that bisected the peninsula from the Tyrrhenian to the Adriatic coast, passed through these territories. Today it is possible to undertake a hike in stages through forests and mountain ridges on the trail of bunkers and trenches built by German militias.
The Via Vandelli is a major hiking route of about 150 km that, in 7 stages, connects Modena with Massa by crossing the Garfagnana from the Apennine pass of San Pellegrino in Alpe to the Tambura Pass in the Apuan Alps.
The allure of walking does not only belong to the paths between the high peaks, but it can also be found walking along city streets. Siena, characterized by steep gradients, is ideal for urban trekking, a combination of physical activity and the discovery of artistic heritage.
In the hills surrounding Florence, about 170 km of trails await you. Monasteries, castles and Romanesque parish churches cross along the Renaissance ring, while your gaze always points to the skyline of the Tuscan capital, characterized by the unmistakable silhouette of the Duomo Dome, the symbol of the Renaissance city.
If, on the other hand, you prefer a seascape, on the Etruscan Coast you will find routes between sky, land and brackish. The Via dei Cavalleggeri, runs along the ridge of the Piombino promontory, immersed in Mediterranean scrub and holm oak forest. Opposite, the island of Elba offers one of the most beautiful hikes in Italy: the Grande Traversata Elbana runs mainly on the ridge, from the coasts to the woods, to reach the top of Mount Capanne, at over 1,000 meters above sea level.