Garfagnana Flexi Activities
Day 1 – Saturday
The tour starts at Pisa airport at 17:00.
Once the group is all together, you will head to Guesthouse Michele, where accommodation has been reserved for you. Here you will be able to refresh and Michele can suggest some good traditional restaurants, most of them specialising in fish, but they all offer all the basic Italian dishes.
Dinner will be at your own expense.
Day 2 – Sunday
For those who are interested in visiting The Leaning Tower of Pisa, we recommend leaving Guesthouse Michele no later than 09:30 to avoid queues, heading for the famous Piazza dei Miracoli, which is approximately a 20 minute walk.
Lunch would be at your expense, there are plenty of cafes and pizza places near the leaning Tower, most of them reasonably priced.
You should be back at Guesthouse Michele by 13:00 in order to pick up your luggage and make your way to the train station (approximately 200 metres), where you will be boarding the train to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. The ticket will be handed to you by Michele at the guesthouse and the train journey will last approximately one hour and 20 minutes.
Once you get to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, you will be collected by one of our local representatives and transferred to your accommodation at La Palazzina.
A dinner with typical local produce will be provided.
Day 3 – Monday
Kick-off is at 08:30 and a continental breakfast will be waiting for you in the main hall of La Palazzina. Everyone will be assigned a mountain bike and helmet, after which, you will be guided by our local tour guide through a breathtaking itinerary surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the region. On one side, the Apennines and on the other, the marble white Alpi Apuane, from where marble has being quarried for centuries in order to give birth to some of the most famous statues of the modern times. A packed lunch will be provided.
For those not interested in the bike ride, you will be able to relax by the pool or take a gentle stroll in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, in both cases, lunch will be at your own expense.
You will need to be back at La Palazzina by 18:00, in time to refresh and get cracking with a barbecue using solely local produce.
Day 4 – Tuesday
The morning will be left to you to spend at your own leisure. You can relax by the pool, or discover the botanical park within La Palazzina, a place full of history and once a silk mill and pottery factory.
Lunch will be served in the main hall of La Palazzina.
In the afternoon, you will be visiting the agritourism Venturo, where you will be able to enjoy a horse riding circuit.
Dinner will be served at agritourim Venturo, where you will be able to savour the cured meats, home made pasta, and award-winning cantuccini biscuits, all products of the estate.
Day 5 – Wednesday
This is the day scheduled for visiting Lucca. Breakfast will be served by 09:00 and you will be leaving La Palazzina by 09:50, in order to catch the train to Lucca at 10:15 (the train journey will take approximately one hour). Lucca is a charming medieval city surrounded by walls that are the most characteristic feature, together with the Guinigi tower, a tower that can boast a tree at its summit.
It is highly recommended to hire a bike to ride around Lucca’s walls and discover the town. The Guinigi tower famous for the tree that is planted at its top.
Lunch will be at your own expense. We can recommend few places that are very reasonably priced.
You will need to be back at Lucca station in order to catch the 17:30 train to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana.
Dinner will be served at La Palazzina at around 19:30.
Day 6 – Thursday
On this day you will be taking part in what is definitely one of the highlights of the trip, canyoning in the Serchio valley. Your tour leaders will be a group of fire-fighters well-trained and totally passionate about canyoning and of the natural surroundings.
A picnic lunch will be provided and return to La Palazzina is scheduled for 18:30, in time to refresh and get ready for a Pizza night at the Pizzeria il Ponte.
Day 7 – Friday
Your final day will be spent hiking and climbing on a Ferrata route.
With the help of harness and ropes, you will be able to admire breathtaking views that stay in your memory forever.
Day 8 – Saturday
Breakfast will be at 08:30 and you should be ready to leave by 09:00, in order to catch the train back to Pisa.