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This natural reserve is located in the Apennine side of Garfagnana, described as the valley of beauty and the good. The wonders of nature that characterize the territory of northern Tuscany, such as its luxurious forests, gentle slopes, and aquamarine lakes, are only a small part of its appeal. The fantastic Orecchiella Park established in 1980 covers about 12,400 acres of beech and chestnut forests, lakes, and wildflower meadows — home for the many wild animals such as deer, wild boars, bears, and birds of prey. Due to its diverse morphology, the Park has developed diverse environments characterized by varied microclimates and plant life. Today, the Orecchiella Natural Reserve offers several educational trails with a museum and an enclosure for rescued wild animals. The trails are suitable for anyone and some of them lead to the peak overlooking the vast Garfagnana area. Explore the Natural Reserve with a guide and enjoy the fresh air and interesting wildlife along the way!
Discover luxurious forests and stunning dreamy aquamarine lakes
Home to many wild animals, from boars and deer to falcons and wolves
Educational trails and an enclosure for rescued wild animals make this a great family destination
Take your family for a walk in the fresh air and make lifelong memories along the way. Follow the family-friendly hiking trail and learn about the fauna and flora of the area. Visit a museum and continue hiking to the enclosures where rescued roe deer, muflones, and bears live — your kids will have a blast! The trail is about 4 hours long and suitable for any skill level, so put on your hiking boots and join your guide for a day of adventure!
If you’re up for a day of adventure, join your guide on a trail to the most famous peak of the Orecchiella Natural Reserve called Pania di Corfino (1603m/5260ft). The path is relatively easy, wide, and safe and takes about 5 hours to finish. It crosses lush green forests and reaches the summit through beautiful meadows. Reach the peak that overlooks the entirety of the Garfagnana territory and enjoy the fresh air and marvelous views before returning to the starting point.
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Italy, please refer to the Italian Ministry of Health website.
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What you get on this adventure:
What’s not included:
The best thing about hiking in the Orecchiella Natural Reserve is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. If you can walk for 5 miles (four to six hours) with some elevation gain, you are good to go! The trails are family-friendly and with elevation gain of +150m, and the trails are well marked, on a dirt road or dirt track. There are no exposed sections or noticeable technical difficulties. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and prices:
Hiking in Pania della Croce can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
To get to the Orecchiella Natural Reserve, most people fly into Pisa International Airport just an hour away. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to the Park’s entrance, where you’ll meet with your guides.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best exact place to meet. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.