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CORNATE and BIANCANE

The voices of earth

WEEKEND TREKKING

GUIDA: MICHELE E CLAUDIA

A journey of 2 days listening to the earth, its colors, secrets and “voices” that whisper from the depths. Legends of forgotten knights, churches with magical shapes, the call of birds of prey that have taken refuge in these garrigues, stories of ancient fortresses and the remote gurgling of the Devil’s Valley, one of the sites where geothermal energy strongly characterizes the landscape. Area of high naturalistic value dominated by geothermal phenomena that have created a unique ecosystem. The constant presence of natural heating of the soil and air (through vapors), as well as the acidity of the soil and emissions, have created a special microclimate that has favored the creation of a spectacular landscape.

PARTICIPATION FEE
TOTAL for the whole excursion from 190 €
Excursion on reservation limited places (12 pax)

ORGANIZATION/GUIDE 90 €

per person for organization, coordination and assistance of qualified environmental excursionist

guide (according to L.R. 42 of 23/03/2000 and subsequent amendments) for two days and return passage to the car. To be paid at the time of booking.

OVERNIGHT ACCOMODATION/DINING/ VARIOUS from 100 €

To be paid directly to the structures for a stay of 1 night with accommodation, subject to

availability, in double rooms including breakfast + dinner and lunch box and water the following day.

 

The fee does not include travel costs to be made by car, packed lunch on the first day, any extras.

MAXIMUM TERM FOR REGISTRATION 15 days before the beginning of the excursion.

The excursion is active with a minimum of 6 participants

ATTENZIONE: prima di iscriversi, ed effettuare il pagamento, si prega di aver letto Termini e Condizioni per partecipare alle escursioni di ALWAYS ALLWAYS

INFORMAZIONI

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LUNGHEZZA

29 Km

DISLIVELLO

+ 1100 mt / - 1190 mt

LIVELLO DI DIFFICOLTÀ 

Impegnativo

ITINERARIO

Traversata

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DURATA

2 Giorni

RITROVO

Montieri ore 9:00 (coordinate inviate dopo conferma)

INIZIO ESCURSIONE 

ore 9:30

FINE ESCURSIONE

per le ore 19:00 del giorno seguente

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PARTECIPANTI

Chi ha abitudine al cammino in sentieri boschivi con moderate salite

Cani non ammessi

Ragazzi: età minima 14 anni

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EQUIPAGGIAMENTO

Scarpe da trekking,

Zaino e coprizaino

Impermeabile/poncho

Headlamp

Vestiti adatti alla stagione

Cambio e vestiti per la notte, ciabatte ed effetti personali

DPI personali: mascherine guanti gel disinfettante"

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RISTORO PERNOTTAMENTO

Portare 2lt d'acqua per primo giorno e Pranzo al sacco ed eventuale Snack da consumarsi durante l'escursione. La cena è prevista alla fattoria cosi come la colazione. E qui ci faremo preparare un pranzo al sacco e dell'acqua per la giornata di viaggio.

PROGRAM

DAY 1

Leaving Montieri we immediately go up to a magical place full of mysteries, legends and treasures: The rectory of San Niccolò, a hexameral church with a high geometric and alchemical symbolism.  The site’s existence is prior to the 1000, which instead according to the singular plan, is the period the church itself can be dated back to, here traces of the Rinaldone era were found dating back 3000 years ago.  

We then proceed to Gerfalco, a twelfth century village with a silver heart at the foot of the Cornate. Going through the gates of the city walls we leave the ancient village and like knights of other times we venture towards the woods of the Cornate, highest massif of the Metalliferous Hills, over 1000 meters in height. 

On the calcareous summit the soul runs with the wind, through prairies and garigues and in the sky where the very rare peregrine falcon and lanner falcon, show us the ancient quarries of the red ammonitic marble. The castle of Fosini, a fortress that dates back to the middle of the XII century, located at the source of the Torrente Pavone, rises sheer, with a view that is both powerful and out of this world. 

We will cross the entire reserve of the Cornate and with the favor of the night we will reach an ancient and large farm finely restored, now become an organic farm, spending the night where once were stables and barns.

DAY 2

The next day, after a breakfast of local products, we leave for the Devil’s Valley, an enchanted place that has fascinated and nourished the fantasies of the Home genre since ancient times.

 During the walk we will be surrounded by the pungent smell of sulphur that will quickly penetrate the nostrils carrying away the mind, almost leading us to the gates of Dante’s hell. 

We will be able to observe the contrast between the rocks whitened by the sulphurous vapors with the violet of the heath and the red ochre of the iron rocks, that together draw a mystic and surreal landscape. From the small fractures of the steaming rocks, we will be able to admire the wonderful crystalline geometries of the sulphur. 

Closing our eyes, we will listen to the silence around us, discovering a reality made of sighs that come out from the cracks of the rocks, at first perceived as a slight hiss, almost imperceptible, then more and more intense as if surrounded by many streams flowing around us. 

We will reach the highest point of the Geo-site, where all contradictions will suddenly manifest themselves. A landscape of lunar pallor immersed in an atypical flora made of cork and heather. Further on extensive forests and a beautiful countryside rich in olive groves and vineyards.

 In the background view, the Tyrrhenian coast will appear from the Gulf of Baratti, Piombino, up to Punta Ala and Argentario also featuring in its scenery the mountain Capanne of the island of Elba.

SAFETY CANCELLATIONS AND MODIFICATIONS

The practicability of the trails may be affected by weather conditions. In case of adverse weather, the excursion can be cancelled even with short notice. It will be our concern to inform the participants as soon as possible if faced with this eventuality.

The guide in charge of the excursion reserves the right to modify the itinerary if necessary, depending on weather conditions or other factors that may create difficulties for the safety of the group.

THE FEE INCLUDES

Organization, coordination and conduction of activities. Accompaniment with Environmental

Hiking Guide qualified under the L.R. 86/2016 and subsequent amendments. RCT insurance for the entire duration of the excursion.

THE FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE

Transport, transfers, meals, overnight stays and whatever isn’t specified in the item: “The fee Includes”.

COVID-19

DURING THE EXCURSIONS OUR ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDES FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES DICTATED BY

THE REGION OF TUSCANY ON HEALTH EMERGENCY COVID-19.