The San Lorenzo Valley, from its sea to its interior and as far as the highest peaks, reaching altitudes in excess of 1000 metres, has a number of interesting excursion options, accessible to all, all year round. A walk in the woods, lying on the grass, hiking on a mountain trail, all things which have the power to guarantee and increase the state of well-being of our body and mind, allowing us to discover renewed energy. It is well documented that hiking is an activity which is good for one’s health.
It is possible to go hiking all year round even with children. The great number of paths allows one to choose according to individual experience and interests.
It is possible to choose short walks with a slight elevation gain, which are also suitable for practising Nordic Walking, or walks of E difficulty lasting over five hours, with elevation gains in excess of 800 metres.
The paths and mule tracks often intersect with each other into a web which allows one to go from cultivated land to areas which can be barren or populated by Mediterranean wildlife and vegetation.
If one is patient, encounters can occur with squirrels, foxes, wild boar, kestrels, buzzards, short-toed eagles, hoopoes, owls, little owls, barn owls according to the season.
A walk in the valley can also be a way broaden one’s cultural knowledge, because apart from the beautiful scenery, nature’s colours and fragrances, one can visit villages and hamlets at the same slow and captivating pace as our own natural rhythm, in a renewed union of body and mind.
The back country is a great treasure of ancient hamlets, with their medieval appearance still intact, far away from all noise and bustle, nestled in the woods and Mediterranean scrub dominated by unspoiled mountains. The variety of landscapes, environments and botanical species is incredibly vast. Thanks to its mild climate one can go for walk all year round, snow is rare below 1000 metres and sunsets are spectacular especially in winter.
It is possible to walk alone, but also accompanied by Environmental and Tour guides who can help to discover unexpected routes, providing information and curiosities. Sensitivity towards the environment is growing, as is the will to experience it in harmony.
Also increasing is the awareness of how man’s impact affects the environment, the sensation that one feels whilst going down ancient mule tracks, admiring the breathtaking views or encountering centuries-old trees is something that instils in us the importance of safeguarding and preserving nature’s environment.
Let us remember to be discrete, admirers and not invaders, let us avoid leaving behind traces of our passage and respect the environment. Above all, let us avoid any risk of fires. Fire is the worst enemy of our warm, dry environment.
To organize a guided excursion contact Qualified Environment and Excursion Guides, on the Province’s website.