Tuscany, land of history, art, food and wine, and outdoor activities so exciting as to make you shiver, such as the thrill of climbing rock faces without necessarily having climbing skills, but rather with the help of equipment and artificial structures on rock that facilitate progression along the route, the vie ferrate.
In the Tuscan territory there are many hiking/mountaineering itinieraries discovering extraordinary natural landscapes, but before proceeding with the list of the most beautiful ferrate in Tuscany, it is worth noting that if you are a beginner, we recommend you turn to an alpine guide to safely carry out this fantastic outdoor activity and that when you are familiar with it, even for the easiest vie ferrate, it is always mandatory to wear the equipment consisting of a harness, dissipator, two carabiners and a helmet. Another fundamental precaution is to check weather and route conditions before embarking on a via ferrata.
If one brings the word Tuscany together with vie ferrate in a sentence, the mind immediately goes back to the Apuan Alps. Rugged and fascinating, the Tuscan mountain range is home to most of the vie ferrate. Starting with that of Mount Procinto, which has been artificially equipped for almost a century, the route with departure from the Alto Mattana Hotel, makes it possible to reach in about 40 minutes the summit of this relief with a very particular silhouette, a square-shaped pinnacle 150 meters high with overhanging walls on all four sides.
A recently constructed equipped route that involves a lot of physical effort in its traverse and technically speaking the hardest one of the Apuan Alps. It starts in the surroundings of Forno, a village in the Lunigiana in the province of Massa, and which winds along the southern wall of Mount Contrario leading to Passo delle Pecore (Sheep Pass).
Otherwise known as the ferrata of Foce Siggioli, it is a historic gravel road of average difficulty that climbs up the north face of Pizzo d'Uccello; boldly shaped, it is one of the most famous mountains in the Apuan chain known as the "Matterhorn of the Apuan Alps." The ascent from the normal route can be done even by the inexperienced hiker, as long as he/she is not afraid of heights and is familiar with easy rock passages.
It is an easy ferrata that leads to the discovery of Mount Sumbra, a summit representing a synthesis of the typical Apuan landscape. The route starts from the village of Arni and runs mainly along exposed but not difficult grassy stretches, so it is a suitable ferrata for those approaching this discipline for the first few times.
Another easy ferrata on the Apuan Alps, always with spectacular views, winding at relatively low altitudes and tht therefore can be climbed almost year-round. This equipped route leads to Mount Forato, a huge natural marble arch joining its twin peaks, a must-do destination in the Apuan Alps.
A low-altitude but tough ferrata of the Monti Pisani, inaugurated in 2008. It finds its starting point near Buti, in the province of Pisa, and has several very exposed points going up a vertical part with an overhanging incline. The itinerary begins immediately with an exposed traverse stretch, the first of a long series.
From Tuscany in the vicinity of the coast we move inland, the Upper Valdarno. The picturesque slopes of the gentle relief of Pratomagno also offer opportunities for routes where you can test your athleticism. This via ferrata has a short route, starting near the village of Anciolina, in the municipality of Loro Ciuffenna, and unlike the other ferrate does not stand out for its scenic views, but it is a very good way to practise rock climbing where you can put your muscles to the test.
Even the pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Island of Elba, has a via ferrata that is easy technically speaking, but that requires some physical preparation for the length and elevation gain of the route. To get to the starting point, from Marciana you reach the end of the cableway of Mount Capanne. In one of the wildest areas of the island, the via climbs up Mount Galera gifting climbers with unique landscapes.
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