How does a 60€ per day rental house look like in Toscany region in Italy?

We went to Italy for a week to relax a bit and see the unknown area of Tuscany. The two of us rented a whole house for 60€ a day. This is much cheaper than a hotel and at the same time has much more comfort. The house was about 15 minutes by car from the Tuscan beach in Viareggio, a well-known tourist area. We rented the house in September 2021, when the season was already over. But we were still lucky because the temperature was still almost 30 degrees and the water was still very warm.

The Carrara Marble Mines in Italy

Cararra was not far from our house by the sea. A visit to the mines was therefore naturally on the agenda. The famous white marble has been mined in Cararra for over 2500 years. Everything in the area is about marble. Here we were in a stalactite cave in the mountains and in the mines of Cararra.

Driving around Viareggio in Italy

After the strenuous hikes and the crisis, we had earned a short holiday at the Italian sea. We chose the town of Viareggio in Tuscany. While my Companion lay around by the sea, I used the time for a few drives through the surrounding area. I visited Pisa, Florence, Siena, Luca and a few other smaller towns.

The Grande Traversata delle Alpi (GTA) in Italy from Forno to Alagna Valsesia

For the third time, I went to the Alps in Italy for the Grande Traversata delle Alpi in 2021. This time, The Great Destroyer was present and walked the route for the first time. This meant that we started the whole route all over again together. That’s not bad, it gave me a chance to see it again a little later in the year. And it was indeed completely different. On my first tour, it was still partly over snow on the high passes and in fog. Here, the weather was perfect, sunny and warm. The vegetation was also much wider than just two months before. In parts, I could no longer recognise the route. Anyway, it was clear that summer at 2500 m is very very short. Now as I write these lines it is mid-October and winter has been back there for a few weeks. When we were there it was August. In any case, a very worthwhile second tour for me, this time all together in just one video.

Pont Saint Martin in the Italian Aosta Valley

Pont Saint Martin in the Aosta Valley was the end of my second trip on the GTA. Here, on the same day, I made a forced march from Refugio Coda early in the morning with a 2000m altitude loss descent into the Aosta Valley. After still being in the cold at the top, it was almost 30 degrees summery warm in the Italian town. I had to get myself two ice creams straight away and was able to take a brief look at the thousand-year-old city in the evening. There was already a settlement there in Roman times and the bridge was 2000 years old!

Hiking the GTA in the Italian Alps – Part 10 – Refugio Coda – Pont Saint Martin

This was the last stage of the second tour on the Grande Traversata delle Alpi. The start was in the early morning from Refugio Coda, where I had recovered during the night. At altitude it was really cold and I had somehow hypothermia. Anyway, I was fit again early. This time, unfortunately, everything was first in the fog. The route was not difficult, but dangerous because of the fog and the exposed places on the ridge. The route went in the beginning constantly on the ridge up and down. On one mountain you had a spectacular view of the Aosta Valley and some other valleys. From there, secured with ropes, it went down again quite steep and dangerous. This time it should go down about 2000 meters in altitude to the Aosta Valley. The lowest point of the entire GTA. I had no desire to stay overnight on the Agritourismo, but wanted to descend directly to Pont Sant Martin. At about 1900 m was an alp on which there was cheese to buy. Since it should now only go downhill, I packed 5 kilos Toma for 50 euros in the backpack. Later I should still consume two months of it. The further down it went, the warmer it became. The route took no end and you see again what you can run so everything. 2000 meters in altitude are also a word. The landscape was unique in the Aosta Valley. Above was cattle farming and further down agriculture and old paved mule tracks through forests. At 2500m it was still quite cold and down in the village it was finally 30 degrees again. I was glad to have a decent bed again in my meager room. Before was almost only Refugio as accomodation.

I found an abandoned village in the alps of Italy

Through some detours I managed to get up the hill this stage of the Grande Traversata delle Alpi. At the top, next to the Refugio, was an old small village with about 18 houses that were in varying condition. The owner of the Refugio had been living there for generations as the last one and once it was all full of families. The place is unique on the edge of a mountain and on a narrow cliff, but at the same time quite inaccessible. However, in summer quite a lot of hikers pass by the refugio to enjoy the view. The village continues to deteriorate until there is hardly anything left of it. These are testimonies of a sinking culture.