The best place to base our three-day holiday is in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, the area’s main town and located right in the heart of Garfagnana, making it perfect for day trips. But the focus of our vacation is all-things outdoors, so let’s head outside of town to hit the trails in the Orecchiella Park. Stretching over 512 km, the park is part of the larger Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National Park and includes a vast network of hiking paths, including the Airone Trails. The three routes all start at the Visitors’ Centre: Arione 1 (about 5 hours) leads to the alpine pasture in Campaiana and the summit of Pania di Corfino, where you can visit the stunning Botanical Garden, home to rare species and others in danger of extinction; Arione 2 (about 4.5 hours) leads to the Prati di Ripa, boasting breath-taking views of the Apuan Alps and Apennines, before flanking the Rimonio River; Airone 3 is the longest trail, a two-day excursion up to Monte Prado, passing through the Lamarossa Reserve. The third trail is perfect for those who solely want to spend their holiday hiking in nature. Before heading home for the day, make sure to check out the Mountain Garden, vaunting 60 species of flowers and local trees as well as a network of educational walking paths.