Having a change of guide for the day, you will walk directly from the
farmhouse at 410m, firstly visiting the new town of Villa Collemandina before
heading to the church and learning about the history of the area. After this
the route will take you on tracks, quiet lanes and footpaths through the
local farmland and houses giving you a chance to observe village life. Midway
through the day you will arrive at Castiglione di Garfagnana at 545m, a small
but beautiful mediaeval town, still inhabited and visited by tourists
throughout the year. Castiglione is also the place where the region’s
largest and most popular chestnut festival, celebrating the chestnut tree and
the growth of truffles and mushrooms, is held in the autumn. After lunch we
cross a 13th century bridge below the town leading into more farmland and
back to Braccicorti on easy tracks.
19km, total ascent: 145m, total descent: 145m, altitude maximum: 545m.