The Apuan Alps mountains - Il Piccolo Nido Holiday House

Il Piccolo Nido Holiday House
Versilia - Montignoso - Tuscany
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The Apuan Alps are one of the most original mountain areas in Italy, for their geomorphology and the variety of their landscapes.
The great charm of these mountains is for their massive profiles, the harsh morphology, the deep valleys, and the very steep slopes. They resemble the Alps but with a difference: the Apuan Alps are in just in front of the Mediterranean Sea and this means only one thing: unique and breathtaking views from their tops and from when the sandy beaches. From their peaks you can see all the coastline from Portovenere to Livorno, the Arcipelago Toscano, Corsica, the Appenine and sometimes also the Alps. In days when the sundown is particularly "red" the Apuane take a fantastic reddish colour and one cannot avoid to stop admiring this fantastic sight. Within a few kilometres from the small coastal plain in Versilia, the Apuane rise to reach almost the 2.000 m of altitude with Mt. Pisanino (m 1947).

  

They are protected by a regional Park since 1985. There are many hiking trails in the Park; about a hundred are indicated by Club Alpino Italiano. There are many other paths realized by Comunità Montane, like “Garfagnana Trekking”, “Apuane Trekking”, “Lunigiana Trekking”, “Alta Via delle Apuane”. Several mountain huts can offer you something to eat or drink when you decide to stop during your excursions. The Apuan Alps represent the most important and known karst area of Europe and they are a paradise for the speleologists. Famous is the Antro of Monte Corchia with its 55 Kms of galleries and wells. There are three apuan caves open to the tourists: The Antro of Corchia, the caves of Equi Terme in Fivizzano and the Grotta del Vento ("Wind cave")a Vergemoli; with a park guide you can also visit other caves like “Tana che Urla” and the "Tana dell'Omo Selvatico".

  

Looking for a deep rural holiday far from city life and mass turism? Visit also La Bedina Holiday House in Lunigiana, north Tuscany in a small medieval village along via Francigena, in the chestnut forests of the Appennine mountains
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