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Day hike to Scaffaiolo Lake from the medieval village of Cutigliano, Italy

Day hike to Scaffaiolo Lake from the medieval village of Cutigliano, Italy | undefined

Join Federico, a hiking guide, on this day hike to the Scaffaiolo Lake in Italy, in the Appenine Mountains, starting from the medieval village of Cutigliano.


1 Day

May - Nov




* Discover one of the most famous lakes in the Appenines

* Bring your kids and dogs along and enjoy a great day out!

* Enjoy the wild natural beauty of this place in the Tuscany region


We want to invite you on a hiking day tour to discover one of the most famous lakes of the Apennines, the Scaffaiolo Lake. We will depart from Cutigliano, a medieval village full of old churches and iconic sites.

The Scaffaiolo Lake is a classic of the Appenine Mountains that offers unique panoramic views. The lake is not located in a valley or in the middle of a forest but rather set on the ridge between the regions of Tuscany and Emilia, as if it were a jewel in the crown of the king!

Our tour will start in the village of Cutigliano, from where we will take a lift to Doganaccia. Then, we will walk up to Scaffaiolo Lake surrounded by beautiful blueberries plants and firs.  After hiking, we will return to Cutigliano

We will cover about 10 kilometers, and the tour will take us about 4 hours in total. Along our way we will hike along endless grasslands enjoying the view of seasonal flower bloom until we reach the lake.

The trail also takes us through the Passo dell Croce Arcana, one of the windiest places in Italy! And did you know that the famous Italian poet Boccaccio also wrote about Scaffaiolo? This is a very special place!

So if you want to enjoy a day hike and discover the Scaffaiolo Lake, just check the date below and book your place! We will be happy to take you on this day tour in the Appenines!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The price includes guiding fee and lifts (a gondola from Cutigliano to Doganaccia).


More info

Vertical Drop: 300m

Meeting point

Cutigliano, Italy.

Equipment you will need to bring

Water bottle



Hiking boots

About the guide

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I was born in a very cold December in Abetone, a small village nested along the ridge of Appennino Tosco Emiliano. Legend has it that when I was only 7-months old I started to walk, an activity I still practise. In 2008, following a great passion, I became a an AMSI Ski Instructor. Some years later, I got a degree in Economy of Tourism at Firenze's University and a specialization course in marketing.

Thereafter, I spent a couple of years working in different cities far away from my home mountains. That was when I decided that my life should be on a mountain ridge, or in a valley, walking in a forest or in a field full of flowers, but always surrounded by the green of Mother Nature. So, I started to work as Hiking Guide, becoming a proud ambassador of my land and my traditions.

Join me on a trip and I wil take you to discover the real heart of the mountains of Tuscany and the real soul of the Appennines!


Italian | English

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