Apuane Alps is the chain that divide the coast of Versilia from the Garfagnana Region (a part of Tuscany). Since centuries people caves from the Apuane Alps the white marble fomous all over the world, used also by Michelangelo Buonarroti for his best sculptures.

A network of tracks wrapped up these mountains, the higher of Tuscany. Every path with its charm and peculiarity. A few days ago I decided with some friends to follow the Carcaraia ones. Carcaraia is a part of Apuane where a karstic phenomenon is present. At the slopes of the Tambura mountain the speleologists founded a system of grottoes expanded for more than 30 miles, the deeper of all Italy, the maximum deep is 3280 feet that corrisponds to 1000 meters. This is the reason because this path is called the “Meno Mille” that means “One Thousand Below Zero”.
The goal of the Meno Mille path is to look for the accesses of more than six caverns of this so special karstic system. The sign to follow is a printed red bat.
After the first access situated on the street for the marble caves, we went on walking in the wood, looking for the red bat.
We found the accesses of the caverns called “Gigi Squisio”, “Arbadrix” and of the “Saragato” ones, than we exited from the wood going towards the direction of the top of the Tambura mountain, near the top we founded the “Abisso Roversi” (Roversi Abyss) than we had a little rest in a hut situated in a saddle. We didn’t reach the top of the Tambura (5740 feet) as we did other times, we prefeired to keep the time to look for the other caverns. The path crossed the caves and started to come down along the white street. We paid attention not to loose any red bad to find the last accesses.
One day in Apuane gives always some surprises: while we are walking along the street, we found an exemplar of Turk’s Cup Lily, 4 feet high with seven flowers that astonished us.
It was a very special day!
How you can hike on this path: This path is for Expert Hikers only, it takes 6 or 7 hours with 2200 feet in difference in level. You can find a description on the web, but you have to look for a full detailed ones, or you can ask for a guide of the Apuane Parks. You can also ask me (hiking@tuscanhiking.com) for the guide, as I am one of them since many years.
I hope this short post will make all of you curious about the complex world of Apuane Alps, that seldom is visited by hikers or trekkers tourists.

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