Lucca and Garfagnana Day Tour. Today is going to be a full immersion of Garfagnana region. Amazing Wind cave, delicious local food and art and history of the medieval city of Lucca.
Consisting of a variety of stunning areas, including Lunigiana, Versilia and Lucchesia, Garfagnana is a must-see for all travellers visiting the north-west area of Tuscany. This striking region lies in Lucca Province, north of Lucca city. The extraordinarily fertile valleys of the Garfagnana are fed by the Serchio river, which runs the full length of this region. With the Apuan Alps towering high in the west and the Apennines in the east, the mountains and valleys of Garfagnana create a dramatic landscape for visitors and the ideal playground for lovers of the outdoors. Uncover the beauty and charm of picturesque local towns and villages and then walk, mountain bike and hike around Garfagnana to discover the region’s natural splendour. The riches of this area of Tuscany can appear unending, with the mythical Grotta del Vento (Wind Cave), Vagli di Sotto ghost town, beautiful Castelnuovo Garfagnana and fabulous Borgo o Mozzano with its Devil’s Bridge just a few of the delights to be uncovered. The tour begins in Firenze at 9:00 am. From here, we head straight for the Wind Cave where you will discover the unique karst topography of a cave system formed over millennia.
Lucca and Garfagnana Day Tour
Today is going to be a full immersion of Garfagnana region. Amazing Wind cave, delicious local food and art and history of the medieval city of Lucca
Consisting of a variety of stunning areas, including Lunigiana, Versilia and Lucchesia, Garfagnana is a must-see for all travellers visiting the north-west area of Tuscany. This striking region lies in Lucca Province, north of Lucca city.
The extraordinarily fertile valleys of the Garfagnana are fed by the Serchio river, which runs the full length of this region. With the Apuan Alps towering high in the west and the Apennines in the east, the mountains and valleys of Garfagnana create a dramatic landscape for visitors and the ideal playground for lovers of the outdoors. Uncover the beauty and charm of picturesque local towns and villages and then walk, mountain bike and hike around Garfagnana to discover the region’s natural splendour. The riches of this area of Tuscany can appear unending, with the mythical Grotta del Vento (Wind Cave), Vagli di Sotto ghost town, beautiful Castelnuovo Garfagnana and fabulous Borgo o Mozzano with its Devil’s Bridge just a few of the delights to be uncovered.
The tour begins in Firenze at 9:00 am. From here, we head straight for the Wind Cave where you will discover the unique karst topography of a cave system formed over millennia. The many small tunnels and grottos carved into the mountain have been formed thanks to the flow of acidic water high in carbon dioxide, which melts the soluble rock. Where the tunnels meet, they produce a subterranean river that has deepened over the centuries, finally becoming deep enough for caves to remain open and allow us lucky visitors to appreciate the beauty of the Grotto del Vento. This tour will cover the caves that once formed the river’s original path out of the mountain through the mouth of the cave.
Around 20 millennia ago, when the caverns of the Wind Cave emptied, calcite concretions began to form. Calcium carbonate deposits, taking the form of calcium carbonate’s most stable polymorph calcite crystals, have accumulated since this time to create the astonishing sculptures we will have the pleasure of viewing. The calcium carbonate is carried over the cave walls by the water that permeates the soluble mountain rock in an extremely slow process where 1,000 years is needed to create a single centimetre of growth. These extremely fragile sculptures must be protected, so it is important not to touch the cave walls to avoid breaking the sculptures, stopping their growth or causing black spots to grow on their surface, created by the fats released by our skin. So, we invite you to observe some care as you soak up this gorgeous natural spectacle.
When we have completed our captivating Wind Cave tour, we will make our way to find a local trattoria to enjoy a lunch of traditional Tuscan cuisine. Our stomachs full, our next stop will be Borgo a Mozzano and its Devil’s Bridge before we then move on to visit the historically rich city of Lucca. The Devil’s Bridge is one of only a few dozen such medieval bridges, most of which are found in Europe. It is found on the Serchio river on the road to Abetone and Brennero from Lucca, connecting the two banks at what was once a key spot on the Via Francigena, a road to Rome in ancient times, and was where people travelling from France would cross the river. Later, in medieval times, the crossing was a vital part of a pilgrimage route. It is believed that the Countess Matilda di Canossa of Tuscany commissioned the bridge in 1100 or thereabouts and it is an impressive illustration of the achievements of medieval engineering. In approximately 1300, Castruccio Castracani directed the renovation of the bridge. While it may now be known as the Ponte del Diavolo, in 1500, a statute of Mary Magdalene stood at the base of the bridge on its eastern bank and the bridge was named the Ponte della Maddalena after a small chapel dedicated to Mary Magdalene.
- Explore the stunning Grotta del Vento or “Windy cave” in Garfagnana region of Tuscany
- Discover the mystery and secrets of the oldest medieval bridge of Europe…The Devil’s bridge
- Connect with the local with a free time walking through Lucca
- Enjoy an authentic delicious lunch at the local Trattoria
- Visit the untouched region of Garfagnana region of Tuscany in a full escorted tour from Florence
PRICES, DEPOSITS, AND PAYMENTS
Price for this private tour is AUD 490,00 per person with a group between 2 and 4 guests
Price for this private tour is AUD 450,00 per person with a group between 5 and 8 guests
Deposits and balance of payments are accepted by bank transfer or credit card via Paypal.
For all the private tours, you can book through email at [email protected] or you can contact Matteo at +61 404572020 or +39 3406269692
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES:
Pick up and drop off at your accommodation in Florence. The actual tour is a 8 hours tour.
We advice to book the tour at least 2 days in advance.
Our tour groups have been designed for a group of no more than 8 people per tour to ensure that client needs and enjoyment is always our top priority. Minimum of participants: 2 people.
INCLUDED IN TOUR COST:
Pick up and drop off in Florence with a private local tour guide and driver
Grotta del vento entrance ticket and one hour guided tour
Private transfer with a comfortable minivan or car
Free time in Lucca
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR COST
All items not detailed in inclusions
All transfers other than to the local train station
– Minimum age is 18 years
– Adult pricing applies to all travelers
– May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
– Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
– A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
– Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
– A maximum of 8 people per booking
– Not recommended for pregnant women
– Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
– Not wheelchair accessible
– Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
PRICE, DEPOSIT, AND PAYMENTS
The prices shown are per person, double occupancy.
The deposit is 25% of the overall tour price or as listed on the tour booking form. This deposit is required to confirm any bookings by us. No booking will be reserved until the prescribed deposit is received.
Balance of the payment will due 30 days prior to the date of the first day of the tour you have booked. If booking within 30 days of the start of the tour the full payment must be made at the time of booking. Deposit and balance payments are accepted by bank electronic transfer, Pay pal system, credit cards (fees apply for credit cards and Pay pal). After your deposit has been accredited, we will send you an invoice with the due date for the balance pf payment. Should your final payment fail to reach us by the date specified on your invoice, we reserve the right to cancel your booking without refund.
The tour price quoted is based at the time of advertising (including foreign exchange rates) and are accordingly subject to change without notice. Tuscany Untouched tours reserves the right written notice to you to vary the cost of the tour if there is any significant change in currency exchange rates according up to 20 days prior to the first day of tour.
Unless otherwise stated, all tours are based on a minimum number of 2 travellers plus tour leader and maximum of 8. Where minimum have not been achieved on a given departure, the tour may be cancelled by Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd.
Accommodation is on a Private cosy villa/apartment in a traditional Tuscany farmhouse. Single supplement may be available at an addition cost.
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUND
To cancel your tour booking, you must notify us in writing by email. If you cancel your tour booking for any reason at any stage, your 25% deposit is non-refundable. If you cancel 90 days before tour starting date: 75% of your total tour cost is refundable. If you cancel between 90 days and 60 days before tour starting date: 50% of your total tour cost is refundable for physician documented emergency medical reasons or for police documented cases of accident, flood, fire, or crime. Cancellations less than 60 days from the tour start date:100% non-refundable.
In the unlikely event that we must cancel your tour, you are entitle to a 100% refund within 2 weeks after the tour’s cancellation.
Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd has the right to decline any booking. Similarly, Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd, may require any travellers to withdraw from the tour if in its option the actions of that traveller are or no less than 3 hours after our arrival time (2 hours for Italian Domestic Flights and Europe-bound flights).
Personal travel insurance is not offered by Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd. Travellers are requires to purchase their own comprehensive travel insurance to cover cancellation coverage, airline tickets, trip delay, lost luggage or any potential medical expenses. Before travelling, we require evidence of travel insurance and an emergency contact number for each traveller.
You are allowed one suitcase and one small carry-on bag. If you exceed this limit there may not be space in the vehicle to transport your excess luggage and it will be at your own expense to have it transported throughout the tour. We suggest that you bring a day pack for carrying water, guide books, jacket, rain gear, etc.
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, HEALTH AND FITNESS
You are responsible for holding all valid travel documents at the time and satisfy any health, visa or other requirements that apply to places you intend to visit.
To comfortably complete our tours, you should be able to do some moderate walks over hills and be able to climb a number of stairs. We will also be doing a lot of walking in the town we visit. If you a planning a tour with us, we suggest starting moderate walking program at least 1 month before the tour.
Anyone suffering from illness or disability or undergoing treatment for any physical or medical condition, must declare the true nature of such condition at the time of booking and make arrangements for the provision pf any medication or other treatment which may be required during the tour. Failure to make such disclosure will constitute a breach of these booking condition and result in such person being excluded from the tour in which case all monies paid will be forfeit.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND MOTION SIKNESS
Please advise us of any special requirements such as dietary requirements, medical requirements etc, at the time of booking. If you get motion sickness, it is advisable to bring with you motion sickness pills, as we will be travelling along mountains roads at times.
Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd will make effort to adhere to the advertised itinerary. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances, Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary, including previously stated accommodations, modes of transport and all other activities.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
No responsibility is accepted for any loss, expenses, accident, injury or damage to any person or property due to the actions or omissions of any person, or any cause, including but not limited to acts of God, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, defects in machinery, breakdown of equipment, whether quarantine, negligence, loss of baggage, or other causes beyond our control, such losses being the responsibility of the guest.
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PERMISSION FOR PHOTOS AND VIDEO OF TRAVELLERS
You agree that our Tour Directors or representative may take photographs and film of you while you are on tour and that these may be used in our brochure, social media and/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or videos.
All information provided by Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd regarding our tours is, to the best of our knowledge, correct. However, we reserve the right to make changes in group composition, accommodations, visits, and itineraries at any time should it become necessary or desirable. Delays, or itinerary changes caused by strikes, bad weather, traffic, or other unforeseen circumstances are beyond our control and we are not obligated to pay Travellers compensation.
RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY
I understand and acknowledge that the recreational activities available on the Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd may be dangerous. I understand and acknowledge that serious injury or death may result from participants in recreational activities. I agree that I PARTECIPATE at my OWN RISK.
BY SIGNING THIS WAIVER, I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT:
- participation in recreational activities is a hazardous activity and may result in injury, loss, damage or death to me;
- participation in recreational activities may require certain skills. I declare that I have sufficient skills to be able to safety and properly participate in the recreational activities;
- Where recreational activities are held outdoors, there are risk to me as a result of the weather condition, including either extreme hot or cold weather, rain or wind;
- I am responsible for ensuring that I have and will wear equipment suitable for safety and properly participating in the recreational activities.
- I agree not to take drugs prohibited by law before or during participation in recreational activities.
- I agree that I am in good health and free from any adverse medical conditions.
- I agree to follow the directions of any instructor or any signage and that any misconduct or refusal by me to follow any direction will result in my immediate removal from the tour.
- Any child under the age of 16 must be supervised at all time by a responsible adult parent and this waiver will bind both the responsible adult parent and supervised child.
- I use all facilities entirely at my own risk, as I find them and with the prior acceptance of the risk of possible danger to me.
- If I suffer harm while participating in any recreational activity, I will not hold Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd, their employees or agents legally responsible for any injuries I suffer. I will not sue the supplier (Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd), their employees or agents for any claims, costs, damages, or liability. I agree to release the Supplier and their employees from legal responsibility for the service I have been provided.
- I acknowledge and agree that my participation in any recreational activities are a danger and may have inherent risks as a result of which personal injury (and sometime death) may occur and I accept and assume all such risks of personal injury or death in anyway whatsoever arising from these activities and hereby waive my individual right to sue the Supplier for all claims I or my representatives may have for such personal injury or death against the Supplier in any way whatsoever arising from or in connection with these activities.
Our tours are not pet friendly