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River Trekking at the Orrido di Botri in the province of Lucca

River Trekking at the Orrido di Botri in the province of Lucca

4 hours


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  • Enter the Orrido di Botri, the deepest canyon in Tuscany
  • Walk in the water, on the bed of the Pelago river, listening to the guide's stories
  • Admire the nature that grows luxuriantly in this corner of the province of Lucca

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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Full description

Get ready for a unique experience in the Orrido di Botri State Natural Reserve, where you will walk in one of the largest canyons in Tuscany.

During our river trekking experience, we will follow a route through the bed of the Pelago river, encountering waterfalls and natural pools in a limestone gorge with walls up to 200 metres high.

It will be an experience that will allow you to immerse yourself in wild and unspoilt nature, admiring a spectacular landscape. A unique and... refreshing!

What we will do

The appointment is at 10:00 a.m. (arrive 15 minutes early) in Ponte a Gaio, a hamlet of Bagni di Lucca. After a briefing on the activity, we will don protective helmets and set off on this refreshing adventure.

We will enter theOrrido di Botri, the deepest limestone gorge in Tuscany. We will walk in the river bed, our feet in the water and our eyes filled with wonder at the incredible landscape around us: the tree vegetation, in summer, blends perfectly with the limestone rock of the site, which is grey here and reddish there due to the presence of iron.

We will make several scenic stops during our hike, during which I will tell you many interesting facts about the area and the surrounding nature.

Then we will locate a spot where we can stop for a picnic lunch, in the company of the relaxing sound of flowing water. After lunch we will continue with our itinerary, which will end with the return to the starting point.

The route is about 5 km long and takes place in the stream bed. The total duration of the activity is about 4 hours.

Who it is aimed at

The activity is easy and suitable for anyone with minimal mountain walking training and a sure-footedness, as you will be walking on slippery stones. You must be at least 8 years old to participate.

Other information

The activity takes place every day from June to September, weather permitting, and is confirmed when there are at least 2 participants.

It is necessary to arrive 15 minutes before the departure time.

For the activity, the use of a protective helmet is compulsory, provided by the guide. You can also bring your own personal helmet, but it must be approved for mountaineering, climbing or caving activities.

You must wear hiking boots or non-slip-soled trainers (Vans, Superga or Converse type shoes are not allowed).

Dogs are not allowed to participate in the experience.

Recommended clothing

  • Shorts or swimming costume
  • T-shirt
  • Hiking boots or trainers (not with smooth soles) to get wet

Don't forget to bring

  • Backpack
  • Towel
  • Changing shoes and clothes
  • Sweatshirt to keep in backpack
  • Packed lunch
  • Snacks or fruit

What is included

  • Environmental hiking guide with RC
  • Protective helmet
  • Lunch

How it works

  • Book
  • Gift
  1. 1
    Send a booking request

    We will only pre-authorise the payment

  2. 2
    Receive confirmation within 48 hours

    In case of confirmation, you will be charged the cost of the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

  1. 1
    Buy a gift voucher

    Valid 12 months from the date of purchase

  2. 2
    Choose your preferred date

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

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

Meeting point
Bagni di Lucca, Lucca

Bagni di Lucca
Exact location provided after booking

Frequently asked questions

What happens in case of bad weather?

If you have made a fixed date reservation and the weather conditions are not suitable for the safe conduct of the activity (in the expert opinion of the guide), you will be refunded the full amount paid. The guide may suggest an alternative date or time for you to conduct the activity. You can freely choose whether or not to accept these proposals. If you can’t retrieve it, we will process a full refund! If you have set the date for your Gift Voucher and bad weather did not allow the activity to take place, the Voucher remains regularly valid until the expiration date indicated on it.

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

For this activity, the cancellation policy is last minute. You get a full refund if you cancel within 24 hours from the activity start. You can find the full policies in the Policy di cancellazione section.

What payment methods do you accept?

On Freedome, you can pay with any rechargeable credit card or prepaid card (including Postepay) from Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, JCB networks. We also accept debit cards enabled for online payments. You can also use the digital wallets Apple Pay and Google Pay.

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