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Ready to explore the lesser-known side of Tuscany? The sceneries you are going to walk through are not your typical picture-perfect rolling hills and cypress-dotted fields.
Your trip starts from Pontremoli, a gem of a village in the heart of mysterious Lunigiana, in the Northern part of Tuscany. Stroll through the tower-houses of the city centre, admire warriors and Goddesses made of stone in the Stele Statues museum - the imposing castle perched at the top of the village, guarding the mystery of these ancient locals.
|Day 2||From Pontremoli to Filetto, 17 km|
Ready to set off? In your first day you're walking in a beautiful scenery, where lush green forests alternate with small Medieval hamlets. The tower-houses in Ponticello, the ancient hospital of Saint Jacob in Filattiera - above all, the Pieve di Sorano, which treasured the statues of ancient Celtic warriors for centuries.
|Day 3||From Filetto to Aulla, 15 km|
|Day 4||From Aulla to Sarzana, 17 km|
Have one more focaccetta for breakfast, because in the first section of today's itinerary you will climb and conquer the hills just out of Aulla - your much coveted price is a view so incredible that you can finally glimpse the sea, sparkling and inviting at the horizon.
|Day 5||From Sarzana to Massa, 28 /18,5 km (with stretches by bus)|
|Day 6||From Massa to Camaiore, 26 / 19,9 km (with stretches by bus)|
|Day 7||From Camaiore to Lucca, 25 km / 23 (with stretches by bus)|
From Camaiore, continue with ups and downs in the hills around Lucca, until descending in the valley of Contesola stream and crossing the river Serchio. You are thus arrived in Lucca, the final point of your trip: cross the gates of the high walls and walk into the beautiful old town centre - Lucca is full of wonders, such as shops full of delicacies, frescoed churches and an amphitheatre-square in the heart of the city.
More ideas? Conquer the Guinigi tower and admire the city centre from the hanging garden - its holm oaks can be glimpsed from above, making the tower and its top one of the symbols of Lucca. If energy is lagging, just sit at a local bar and order coffee and a good portion of buccellato, a local delicacy. You definitely deserved it!
Last day is included. Service ends after breakfast.
Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
Hotetel Napoleon*** is centrally located in Pontremoli. Rooms are cozy, clean and furnished in a vintage style. These offer free Wifi, TV, direct dial telephone, air conditioning and some rooms have a balcony.
These apartments and double rooms are located in the historical centre of Filetto situated in Piazza del Pozzo.
Recently rebuilt and refurbished in rustic style, completely independent, made up of day area with kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms and a small storage room.
Hotel Demy*** is located in a strategic position to visit Cinque Terre. Rooms are basic and clean, but old-fashioned. In the structure there is Wifi, but it doesn't work very well. Breakfast is basic. Staff is courteous.
B&B In Piazzetta is located in the centre of Sarzana on the second floor of an historic apartment block situated in one of the most important square of the city. Rooms are comfortable and have a modern look. These have free Wifi, TV and cooling fan. Breakfast is good and rich with sweet dishes.
Hotel Annunziata is located in Massa, just 4 km from the coast and its popular beaches. The structure is dated and it has rooms old-fashioned, but clean. Breakfast is normal and the staff is helpful.
Locanda Le Monache, which takes its name from a monastery of Carmelite cloistered nuns which stood adjoining building, is located in the heart of the historical center of Camaiore. Each room has different characteristics and furnishings, with the early '900 and Liberty pieces rustic furniture. These are clean and well-finished with TV, shower and free Wifi. The restaurant offers good and quality dishes.
Hotel Rex*** is 80 m from the main train station and 100 m from the ancient walls of Lucca. Rooms are quiet and well-finished with free Wifi, air conditioned, telephone and fridge. Staff is helpful and courteous. Buffet breakfast is rich and varied.
From any airport, reach the closest railway station, from where you can get to Pontremoli by train. Trains are direct from Pisa, whereas you need to change if travelling from Florence, Bologna, Genova and Milano.
On departure from Lucca, you can easily get to Pisa and Florence by direct train. Trains to Genova, Bologna and Milano are not direct.
Check train timetables on www.trenitalia.com.
GPS tracks are available on request.