Tips and Safety

Almost all itineraries are usually along old mule tracks and are easily reachable footpaths, signposted also by CAI (Italian Alpine Club). Along some stages, where the trail can present difficulties, suggestions allow hikers to follow easier footpaths.

Garfagnana Trekking tour is signposted in red and white with GT abbreviation or with CAI signs.
Airone Footpahts, instead, are indicated with a yellow clover on a blue background.

For high altitude trails there is no problem with visibility and trails are well maintained (pay attention, however, in case of fog); at lower altitude, some trails are subject to a fast coverage of vegetation so it’s important to pay more attention to signs. If you are not sure, it’s better to come back to find the last sign, and to have a detailed map and a compass.

As an internal valley Garfagnana is generally characterised by cold winter. The snow often covers mountain summits until the end of May and parts of trails can be difficult to follow. In summertime, on the contrary, the problem can be the high temperature, especially on Apuan Alps side where there are few water supplies.

Before starting the hike it is necessary to know the accessibility of trails, the opening times of accommodations and the update weather forecast by visiting the I.A.T. Garfagnana Visitor Centre of Apuan Alps Park in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, where it is also possible to reserve overnight stays, obtain advice for personalised hiking trails, buy guidebooks and detailed maps or contact an Hiking Guide.

In case of difficulty or accident Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps of Tuscany: 118