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Trekking in Tuscany: epic climb to Mount Forato

Trekking in Tuscany: epic climb to Mount Forato

7 hours



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  • Set out to discover Monte Forato, one of the natural beauties of the Apuan Alps, with its characteristic arch shape.
  • Together with an expert guide, he tackles a loop route of 11 km and 800 metres of altitude difference between rocky ridges, beech forests and incredible views of the sea.
  • Once at the top, soak up the quiet and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Your guide

Nicholas F.

4 100% local Environmental Hiking Guides who want to tell the story of the territories they love: the Apuan Alps, the Apennines and Garfagnana. #staywild

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An epic trekking experience along one of the most evocative mountain itineraries in Tuscany . The ascent to Monte Forato is a unique circular walk for the panorama and the emotions it offers!

Are you ready to put yourself to the test, without fear of fatigue, to enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the limestone landscape?

At the summit, as a reward for your efforts and sweat, Monte Forato awaits you, a splendid mountain in the heart of the Apuan Alps that owes its name to a series of curious karst phenomena that, combined with atmospheric agents, have given it a spectacular arch shape over millions of years.

A naturalistic jewel waiting to be discovered and crossed. Boots well laced up and backpack on your shoulders, everything is ready. Shall we go?!

What we will do

We will meet at 09:00 a.m. in Fornovolasco (LU), a historic village famous for its generations of blacksmiths, and begin the ascent along the ancient mule track that for centuries led merchants and pilgrims from Versilia to Garfagnana. Along the way, there will be particularly suggestive stretches with views of the sea. Then, Monte Forato with its magnificent 32-metre diameter arch will suddenly appear to us. A marble surprise, beautiful and imposing.

After a regenerating stop, useful for admiring and photographing this wonder of nature in all its splendour, we will set off again towards rocky ridges and beech forests, until we reach the foot of the queen of the Apuan Alps, the Pania della Croce. From that point we will also admire theDead Man, a rock formation that takes this name precisely because of its shape resembling the profile of a man lying down.

Finally, the circular route will take us back to Fornovolasco, the point from which we started. The route is 11 km long, with an altitude difference of 800 m, and takes about 5 hours to walk. The activity has a total duration of 7 hours.

Who it is aimed at

This activity is of intermediate level. The route does not present any particular technical difficulties, but given its length and altitude difference, it is suitable for those with a minimum of trekking experience and physical endurance.

The minimum age for participation is 14.

Other information

Attention. You must arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the time chosen for the activity.

The activity is confirmed when there are at least 2 participants.

Don't forget to bring

  • hiking boots with ankle support
  • windbreaker or K-Way
  • day pack with packed lunch
  • water to drink (at least 1 litre)

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What is included

  • Experienced environmental guide

How it works

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    Get in touch with the guide with the contact details on the voucher and choose the day for the activity

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Meeting point
Fornovolasco, Lucca, Italy

Exact location provided after booking

Frequently asked questions

What happens in case of bad weather?

In case of weather conditions that do not allow to carry out the activity safely, you will get a full refund. The guide may propose you an alternative date or time to reschedule the activity. You can freely choose whether or not to accept these proposals. If you cannot reschedule it, we will process a full refund!

If I cancel the reservation, can I get a full refund?

For this activity, the cancellation policy is flexible. You get a full refund if you cancel within 5 days from the activity start date. Within 4 and 3 days from the activity start date you will get a 50% refund. You can find the full policies in the Cancellation Policy section.

What measures are implemented to prevent COVID-19?

All activities on Freedome strictly follow regulations issued at national, regional and federal levels. Sports associations and freelancers commit to carry out activities in full compliance with such regulations, sanitize equipment and environments, and limit their maximum capacity.
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