For over 1,000 years the Pelago River has been carving a deep limestone gorge in the Apennines. Tuscany’s largest canyon is accessible from Ponte a Gaio, but only from mid-June to September, when the water level of the Mariana and Ribellino rivers is low.
This deep canyon is in the Garfagnana, the mountainous region north of Pisa and Lucca and you can hike the
Orrido either by yourself or on a guided tour, either way discovering
the unspoiled canyon’s transparent waters, delicate vegetation and rare
The Visitors’ Centre at Ponte a Gaio will provide you with a helmet (obligatory)
and sell you a ticket (€2/person) to access the itinerary, which takes
about 4 hrs. Should you wish to be accompanied by a guide on the
weekends, costs are €13/person (children under 11 yrs for €7).
In the heat of the summer this is a deliciously cool outing, with
shorts, a sweatshirt and shoes with good grip the outfit of the day.
At Ponte a Gaio there is a small restaurant ‘Nido dell’Aquila’ where
you can eat simple fare for modest prices or places nearby for picnics.
If you'd like us to organise a guided tour, please just ask.