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Hot and August: 5 fresh excursions

by Nadia Fondelli –  We are in the hottest time of year, and between wet and muggy we have propecia side effects difficulty to defend ourselves and also excursions and trips become complicated.

We who really know the area and that we do not write off the desk, but let’s find out … we have for you, a series of proposals. Excursions between caves and canyons perfect now.

For those who are on vacation and for those seeking un’escusione even a single day.

Antro del Corchia

In the province of Lucca and thus also close to the Versilia, set among the spectacular scenery of the Apuan Alps is the “empty Mountain” which brings with it the secrets of millions of years of geological history: inside a 70 km of tunnels and wells, 1,200 vertical meters up a system of karst conduits developed in 2 cubic km of rock that make the Antro del Corchia the most important karst in Italy and one of the largest in the world.

The course of almost two kilometers you with stops in about two hours. The presence of more than 1,000 steps does not make a trip suitable for people with reduced mobility. The internal temperature constant throughout the year, is about 7.5 °. Must at least wear a sweatshirt, having with you a tarp and wear shoes with rubber soles, preferably from trekking.

Hours: morning and afternoon according to an annual calendar Also available guided tours in several languages. On request there are also two different speleological both three-hour: Gallery of Snow and the Branch River, the necessary technical equipment are partly provided by the operator and included in the ticket price.

The Mining Museum of Montecatini Val di Cecina

In Valdicecina visit to a special place where memory refers to the dust and fatigue life in the mine, here in the nineteenth century was the largest copper mine in Europe.

Is an exciting adventure descend into the bowels of the earth to discover the mine of Caporciano that can be visited with a guide. The site is located about a kilometer from the town center and offers a thrilling and unforgettable experience that will take you to retrace, step by step, the paths made for over a century by miners. Browse tunnels dug over the years, but especially those nineteenth-century. The visit in an atmosphere of constant climate was never higher than 10 ° will leave the smell on the skin of the mineral, a few drops of moisture, but so much emotion. Admire the tunnels, shaft extraction of the mineral inside the tower and you close the visit inside the oratory dedicated to St. Barbara patron saint of miners.

Easy trail, suitable for all, visit of about an hour and a half. You should wear at least a sweatshirt, having with you a tarp and wear shoes with rubber soles, preferably from trekking.

Information and reservations: tel. +39 0588 86099 –

Cave Sassocolato

We are in the territory of Castell’Azzara in the province of Grosseto, on the slopes of Monte Amiata at an altitude of 900 meters.

From the town of Castell’Azzara, following the signs, you climb towards the Poggio delle Forche, a spur of rock visible from the village and, after about a mile of walking, you will reach the natural cavity, mainly linear, with some significant slopes in the tourist overcome by artificial stairs. In an environment where you do not exceed 8 ° one of the characteristics is the presence of a large colony of bats (bats of 12 different species) that, during the summer, reaching a total of 2000/2500 individuals!

The tourist route winds through large spaces also equipped with ladders with steps up to a depth of 30 meters. The tour lasts about 45 minutes, but for those who are more trained there is also a route more challenging than three hours.

You should wear at least a sweatshirt, having with you a tarp and wear shoes with rubber soles, preferably from trekking.

Open from April 10 to November 10.

Information: Group Speleologist the Bear: +39 0564 951032

The Orrido di  Botri

The “Grand Canyon” of Tuscany is located in Garfagnana, in the town of Bagni di Lucca, hidden in the beech woods.

Big and deep is a rugged and imposing limestone gorge carved over time by the cold waters of the streams and Mariana Ribellino who come together in Rio Pelago: in some places the steep walls reach 200 meters in height.

In order to preserve this unique place of absolute beauty from 1971 was established a state nature reserve managed by the State Forestry Corps, which encompasses an area of 286 ettarial center of an oasis of fauna protection of nearly 2,000 acres, built by the Province of Lucca.

The vegetation is rich and luxuriant variety also has rare: among them, the wet, a carnivorous plant, butterwort. In rocky areas sunny in the higher levels of the walls comes the rare plant aquilegia, campion or the beautiful primula auricula.

You have until September to visit TheOrrido di Botri, starting from Ponte Gaio, only access to the throat, where the Reception Centre of the State Forestry Corps with ticket services.

Touring it is not easy even if the path is divided into four different levels of steep because the bottom is slippery, especially in the final stretch. Who wants to go around to the famous “pool” account us four hours to return with breaks. For all need to dress appropriately given that the environment is totally shady and cool water even in summer. Dresses technicians, a backpack with a change of clothes and especially the fundamental choice of shoes. We recommend shoes for rocks that cling on the stones and are not too heavy in the water. Mandatory helmet, rentable at the center.


Office Guide Mountaineering School: tel. 335-6322005 –

Best Friends of CFS Ponte a Gaio Tel 0583/800020

Stretti di Giaredo

Almost unknown to most people this canyon carved by the swirling waters of Gordana shortly after Pontremoli, going in the direction of Zeri.

The Straits of outstanding natural beauty with walls more than 30 meters where the sun barely filters timidly have a viable length of just under a mile, but definitely are not suitable for everyone.

It is a river gorge and walk along the river bed. In some places placid and depending on the year you must also swim for short strokes in crystal clear water and fresh. Hour to cover them all and another hour to get back. Five main gorges that are crossed, the most beautiful central one.

Are reached (since there are no indications) as said in the direction of taking from Pontremoli Zeri. After a few turns in the locality Cavezzana Gordana you take on one of them left on the next road and taking a dirt downhill. On an open space you leave the car and continue until you find the river. It is recommended that technical clothing, swimsuit, a backpack with a change of clothes in the car and especially the fundamental choice of shoes. We recommend shoes for rocks that cling on the stones and are not too heavy in the water.

There are no guided tours on site, it is recommended only for experienced hikers with care and attention and in any case given that the area is alluvial, especially in the passages by swimming.

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