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5 Hiking Destinations to Try in Tuscany

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Written by Leo Klod

Tuscany often tops the list for being the most picturesque region in Italy. Characterised by rolling hills and stunning vineyards, Tuscany is undoubtedly a beautiful place for a hike. There are various trails to conquer in the region – from easy hikes through vineyards and olive groves to multi-day excursions taking you to the Apennine Mountains and ancient villages. Either way, you are guaranteed to enjoy a one-of-a-kind hiking adventure in Tuscany.

Below, check out the hiking destinations to try in this gorgeous Italian region.

1. Livorno

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Livorno is one of Tuscany’s most beautiful places, home to several islands in the Tuscan Archipelago, including Capraia and Elba. It is one of Tuscany’s most popular hiking spots, with some trails taking you to gorgeous coasts lined with lovely beaches. One of Livorno’s most popular hiking routes is the “Pilgrim’s Route,” which takes you through the Montenero Forest.

The Pilgrim’s Route trail is well-marked with clear signs on the ground, allowing for easy hikes. It consists of four paths forming a circular loop, with the entire route marked by arrows and signposts. The trail looks even more picturesque during the spring season when the flowers are in full bloom. Animals are also abundant in the area, particularly dragonflies, birds and butterflies, which are more active during the early spring season.

The trail begins at the parking lot of the Montenero Circuit. Before you head off for your hike, it’s worth stopping at the Livorno hills, where you can admire the panoramic views of the city. During clear days, you can also catch a glimpse of the Pisan Mountains and the Apuan Alps from here. The trail begins with an unpaved road with a few curves downhill and continues on flat grounds. Some parts are slightly uphill, although it’s doable for all levels of hikers.

2. Grosseto

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The historic city of Grosseto is a gorgeous place to explore in Tuscany on foot. When hiking around the city, you’ll encounter historic buildings, museums, nature reserves, and lovely villages. It also has coastal trails taking you to beautiful beaches where you can relax or enjoy some water activities.

Hiking in the Maremma Natural Park is a popular activity in Grosseto. Dubbed Italy’s most distinct and varied natural park, it is a great place to hike through history, passing along the unspoiled coastline. The trails are generally easy and immensely rewarding. Your final destination is the shoreline of Maremma, where you’ll find beautiful sandy beaches alternating with rocky coastlines. Bordered by long stretches of pine forests, these beaches are a great spot to camp and spend the night.

When you’re back in Grosseto, don’t miss the opportunity to sample the city’s gastronomic pleasures. Maremma’s diversity is a testament to the city’s interesting culinary delights. You’ll feast on a smattering of local wines served with delectable dishes made with honey, olive oils, cured meats, and cheeses, a perfect way to indulge after a rigorous hike.

3. Arezzo

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In the eastern section of Tuscany, you’ll find the Arezzo province, home to the Foreste Casentinesi National Park, a popular spot for hiking. It’s a protected area of wilderness and a perfect place to immerse yourself in nature, away from the hustle and bustle. As Tuscany is one the most booked minimoon destinations, places like Arezzo provide the most romantic setting for couples looking to explore by foot.

The Foreste Casentinesi National Park lies by the Apennine ridge, which separates Tuscany from the Emilia Romagna region. Featuring unique diversity and unusual beauty, it encompasses different hiking trails suitable for hikers of all levels. As you hike through the park, you’ll encounter many gorgeous lakes, majestic waterfalls, and peaks over a thousand metres tall, including Mount Falterona and Monte Falco.

Some of the hiking trails in Foreste Casentinesi National Park include the well-marked 3-day circuits. Each circuit offers two different overnight stops, with an option to stay at hostels or farm stays. The most popular trail is the Ring &, which takes you through the ancient forest of Camaldoli. It’s a 30-mile route stretching around the park and requires ascending Monte Penna, a lovely mountain where you can admire the park’s most breathtaking views.

4. Pisa

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Pisa is renowned for its leaning tower, but it also has some of Italy’s most spectacular hiking trails. In fact, Pisa is one of those Italian cities that you can best explore on foot. A hike through Tuscany will take you to ancient castles, monasteries, and churches while learning about the city’s fascinating history and admiring its gorgeous landscapes.

For history buffs, the best trail is one that takes you to the Historic Centre of Pisa, which starts at the Piazza del Duomo, where you’ll find the famous Pisa Cathedral and its leaning tower. From here, walk south towards a well-manicured botanical garden, where you’ll find hundreds of different species of plant life. Head south to reach Ponte di Mezzo, where you’ll find the scenic River Arno.

This historic walking trail of Pisa is a great way to explore Pisa’s most iconic sites while passing through some hidden gems. It’s about 1.9 miles long and ends in an area near the train station. Since the path takes you through the heart of the city where the best restaurants are, it’s a great route to follow if you want to go for a culinary adventure in Pisa.

5. Lucca

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Lucca is a beautiful city rich in history, home to early medieval churches and other historical sights that played a significant role in the history of Tuscany. The best way to explore Lucca is to walk through its massive stone walls.

Lucca’s Old Town is enclosed by a circuit of ancient walls about 4 km long and has six gates and eleven bastions. Built around 1504 by Flemish engineers, these walls are meant to protect the old town. Walk around the walls shaded by trees and marvel at the stunning views of the old town, including the beautiful churches and palazzos.

Check out the old town gates, particularly the Porta San Pietro, which lies on the southern part of the wall. Consider booking a guided walking tour and hear fascinating stories of the castles and fortresses from your guide.

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Leo Klod

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