- Hiking in Tuscany through wild and untouched forests and hemirates churches -
The holy forest of Livorno's hills
The hills that sorround Livorno are quite unique. Super rich in water that the vegetation grows lushly into thick mediterrean woods that looks quite hard to penetrate. Indeed this walk takes place mostly into tunnels cutted out of the vegetation.
We start our hike in one of these tunnel from which we emerge in a lunar like scenary. The path rolls up and down and the scenary changes from thick low vegetation to majesticly high oaks trees that makes the forest an indicator of the good health of the hills.
We quickly gain the top of the hill and we take a narrow path that takes us down to an amazing spot where two rivers join into one. After a brief rest we keep on walking on an ancient path that will lead us to our final destiation: L'eremo della Sambuca - An abbandoned monastery amazingly well kept. From there we re step some of our untill we reach the river again which we now follow down stream to an amazing natural pool... Yes, if it's summer time why not take a dip.
From there we re enter our tunnels into the vegetation and walk our way back to the place where we started the walk.
Distance : 12km
Type: Ring walk
Elevation Gain: +350
Footwear needed: trekking shoes or boots
For kids: yes