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Snowshoeing on the ridge of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines

Snowshoeing on the ridge of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines

5,5 hours



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  • Discover the beautiful snow-covered landscapes of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine ridge on a 5-hour snowshoe hike
  • From Passo di Pradarena, you will drive along the snow-covered road and a slight ascent until you reach the snow-covered ridge
  • Enjoy the hike in total safety, in the company of an environmental hiking guide

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

In spring and summer, the Apennine ridge is a popular destination for breathtaking views, but in winter it transforms into something truly magical. The snow-covered mountains and icy beech trees give this place analmost fairytale-like atmosphere.

Discover its most beautiful landscapes and colours on a5½-hour snowshoe hike. Departing from Passo di Pradarena and accompanied by a guide, you can spend a few hours enjoying nature.

What we will do

We will start at 9.30 a.m. from the famous Pradarena Pass, the highest pass in thenorthern Apennines, totally snow-covered and white, just waiting for us. The immense beech trees are now white and icy, a unique condition that gives this landscape analmost fairytale-like atmosphere.

With snowshoes on our feet, we will walk along a wide road and a gentle climb, until we reach the snow-covered ridge. All around us will be the Parco Nazionale dell'Appennino Tosco Emiliano, a unique and fascinating territory that has been a Unesco MAB Biosphere Reserve since 2015.

On the Tuscan side, we will be able to admire the white-dusted Garfagnana, the sharp Apuan Alps and Monte Pisanino, a limestone massif that dominates the entire valley thanks to its 1946 m altitude.

On the Emilia side, however, our view will linger on a singular rocky, granite conformation located in the town of Castelnovo ne' Monti: the Pietra di Bismantova, whose 364 m prominence is what remains of residual erosion dating back to the Middle Miocene period, i.e. 15 million years ago.

We will then return at around 14.00 to the starting point, where we will find a warm refuge where we may stop for lunch (optional and not included in the fee). The activity lasts a total of five and a half hours.

Who it is aimed at

The hike is suitable for everyone: it will be an easy and exciting snowshoe walk with a view of the Apennines.

Other information

Attention! Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the departure time.

The activity is bookable from December to February, weather permitting, and is confirmed with a minimum of 2 participants.

Recommended clothing

  • Windproof jacket/rainproof jacket
  • Snow trousers
  • Mountain boots at least ankle-high
  • Gloves and hat
  • Wool socks
  • Sweater or fleece
  • Thermal T-shirt

Don't forget to bring

  • Backpack
  • Water/hot thermos
  • Snacks or fruit
  • Possible change to be left in the car

What is included

  • Environmental Hiking Guide
  • Liability insurance
  • Snowshoeing
  • Chopsticks
  • Food and drink
  • Refuge lunch (optional)

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
Sillano, 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 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 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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