The Apuan Alps are among the wildest environments in Tuscany and a favourite destination for hikers. These mountains also appeal to climbers with their ropes, powder and snap hooks. Part of the Apuan Alps insinuating their way into the sea of Versilia is Monte Procinto, a chalky pillar with a sheer cylindrical rock face known as the “panettone”, whose summit can be reached using the “via ferrata”, the first to be opened in Italy in 1893, or by climbing. There are 40 crags of varying difficulty throughout the Apuan Alps, such as in Camaiore, Stazzema or Montignoso. In Valdinievole other stunning cliffs include those in Monsummano Terme, natural gyms well-known among enthusiasts.
Monte Amiata is full of rocky ridges to go free climbing and bouldering, while along the Southern Tuscan coast, best known as a holiday destination, the Argentario is home to one of the loveliest rock faces along the Italian coast: between sky and sea, the Capo d’Uomo cliff.
Tuscany offers a vast range of climbing adventures with striking scenery to match. Those who enjoy descending into the bowels of the earth will be impressed too. In addition to the Apuan Alps with the spectacular Grotta del Vento in Fornovolasco and the Antro del Corchia (whose 70 kilometres of tunnels and shafts make it the largest underground complexin Italy), the region is rich in natural caves that lead into mysterious environments that have intrigued humans for millennia. The curious morphology make the caves naturally and historically important, irresistible places for potholing experts and aspiring amateurs ready to sound the depths of the earth.