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Valpromaro to Lucca

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  • Explore the charming town of Lucca.
    / Explore the charming town of Lucca.
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Wake up to the delights of an Italian-style breakfast with plenty of coffee to get you energized for your walk. A short transfer (25 min) will bring you to Valpromaro, a small village in the foothills of the Apennine mountains. 
easy
Distance 14.7 km
4:00 h
110 m
236 m
Climb through quiet woodland towards the picturesque village of Piazzano before descending to San Macario in Piano. The Via Francigena trail will take you across River Serchio and across the park to the edge of Lucca's city walls. Celebrate with a glass or two of local Lucchesi wine.
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Macs Adventure
Update: September 08, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
213 m
Lowest point
13 m

Safety information

This route follows sections of the original Via Francigena pilgrimage route, you will not only walk on trails and unpaved roads but also on asphalt part of the way. The ‘traditional’ walk is alongside some busy main roads, where possible we have attempted to re-route them. Please take care when walking along roads and always be mindful of other road users. Pavements or paths should be used if provided and walk on the right-hand side of the road if there is no pavement or path. This way you can see oncoming traffic.

Italy is known to have long, hot summers with July and August being the hottest months. At that time of year, the temperatures can rise into the 30 degree Celsius during the day. Always make sure to stay hydrated and carry plenty of water. It is also advised to wear skin protecting clothing and use sun cream/screen. We recommend you inquire about the day’s forecasted weather before setting out on your walks. A useful website for climate information specific to towns and countries is www.yr.no.  

Start

San Martino Church, Valpromaro (137 m)
Coordinates:
DD
43.901350, 10.378805
DMS
43°54'04.9"N 10°22'43.7"E
UTM
32T 610727 4861840
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Destination

Lucca

Turn-by-turn directions

To help you follow the route with confidence we strongly suggest that you follow these GPS tracks in our Macs Adventure smartphone app - they should be used in conjunction with the route information/documentation provided by our local supplier (viadelsole) to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable, and problem-free day.

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Coordinates

DD
43.901350, 10.378805
DMS
43°54'04.9"N 10°22'43.7"E
UTM
32T 610727 4861840
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

This depends on the time of year you are walking; if traveling in the spring or autumn it can be cool in the morning, but it soon heats up in the late morning and afternoon so make sure and bring some layers with you.  During the summer months, the area can be prone to afternoon thunderstorms, so waterproofs are also essential in case of heavy showers.  In the heat of the day, sun cream is essential and a sunhat is highly recommended.  Otherwise normal hiking gear in a ~25-liter rucksack will suit. Either sturdy walking shoes or light hiking boots are suitable. Other essential items are water, enough food and snacks to last between supply points, blister treatment, first aid kit and insect repellent.

Also, ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.


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Difficulty
easy
Distance
14.7 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
110 m
Descent
236 m

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