From Pisa to Lucca: Hiking in the Pisan Mountains 8 days / 7 nights or tailor made
Sorry, this trip is currently unavailable due to a serious
forest fire in the area!
Between the cities of Pisa and Lucca is situated the oldest mountain range of Italy; the Monti Pisani. These low mountains, surrounded by a landscape of gently rolling hills and extensive plains, offer some spectacular views; Pisa in the flatlands below (the tower clearly visible) with the river Arno that winds towards the sea, towards the North the small city of Lucca and the famous white slopes of the Carrara marble quarries on the Apuan Alps, sparkling like snow in the sun.
Rich with fountains and wells, it provided both cities, Pisa and Lucca, with fresh water in the 17th and 18th century by means of impressive aqueducts running from the mountains to the city walls. This historical curiosity forms a core part of the tour.
Start is in Pisa,from where you follow the aqueduct through the flatlands into the mountain range. In the following days the walk continues up towards the highest point before heading down over the northern flanks of the mountains to follow the path of another aqueduct leading to the enchanting city of Lucca.
The landscape you walk through is as varied as the views. Olive orchards alternate with Mediterranean bushes, cork oaks and pine trees, while higher up the hills are dominated by chestnut forests. The tour passes through vineyards and small villages rich with history, passing farmhouses and villas and of course the aqueducts.
The highest mountains in the region reaches around 800m. Since the mountain range is sensitive to forest-fire, unpaved roads cross the region to serve forestry and fire department. The tour makes use of these unpaved roads. In some places the route runs along forest tracks where it's a bit harder finding your way.
Average time of walking on hiking days is about 4/4,5 hours.
It is possible extending the tour by booking extra nights. Shortening the tour is also possible.
See here what the options are.
Accommodations and meals
Land at Pisa Airport Galileo Galilei (buget flights!) and find your first lodging in the center of Pisa, 10 minutes distance from landing.
The building is from the Xst century and the tiles and fresco′s on the ceilings date back to around 1800. Welcome in Italy!
In the mountains lodgings are in or nearby a village, in cordial B&B′s and in an exceptionally hospitable “Agriturismo”. This farm has olive orchards and produces olive oil thw organic way. The private bathrooms are situated outside the rooms here.
In Lucca the tasteful B&B is situated just outside the walls of the old city.
Breakfast is included every day and on days with a linear trip you will be provided with a packed lunch.
In the evenings there are nearby restaurants where you will be able to sample the delights of Tuscan cooking.
On days that you walk from one lodging to the next, you will be provided with a packed lunch.
Luggage transport is optional on this tour.
In case you come by airplane or left your car in Pisa: from Lucca there is a train back to Pisa (20 min.).
Period and price
The Pisa- Lucca hiking tour can be started from the beginning April onwards til the end of September
accommodation based bed and breakfast (7x), luggage transport, packed lunch on walking days (4x), description of the routes (in English or Dutch), maps, background information.
Getting there, city taxes, lunch on the days you stay in the same lodging two nights running, dinners, train ticket from Lucca back to Pisa.