The Grand Canyon of the Lunigiana
The Gorges of Giaredo, better known as the Straits of Giaredo, are stunning gorges that have been naturally created thanks to the flow of the Gordana stream, which begins upstream in the village of Noce a Zeri, and continues its course towards Pontremoli.
The gorge walls reach up to 20 meters in height and are formed from ancient carbonate rocks from the Mesozoic era. Throughout the day, sunlight influences not only the color of the water but also of the walls themselves. From deep blue to clear turquoise of the water, to the pink, orange and green colors of the walls. A visit to the Gorge is truely a unique experience!
Characterized by an important biodiversity, the Straits of Giaredo are part of the “Valle del Torrente Gordana”, which is, in turn, part of the MAB UNESCO Reserve of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines.
The water temperature averages from 8 to 10 degrees Celsius. (48-50 degrees Fahrenheit) The ascent through the river gorge alternates between short walks in and out of the water, as well as in some areas where it is necessary to swim in the current. After heavy rains, the water may be less clear.
Where are the Straits of Giaredo?
They are found in the locality of Cavezzana Gordana, in the municipality of Pontremoli.
How to reach the Straits of Giaredo
From the village of Pontremoli, follow the signs towards Zeri. Follow the road finding the signs indicating “Stretti di Giaredo”, take the turnoff, pass the houses and follow the road until it becomes a dirt road. You can park your car on the street.
FOR A VISIT TO THE STRAITS OF GIAREDO WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU TO RELY ON THE GUIDED TOURS OF SIGERIC. The guided visit includes the ascent of the stream, cross river trekking, the use of wetsuits, a protective helmet and explanations of the biodiversity of the place with expert Environmental Guides.
Difficulty: EE Expert Hiker
Recommended period: June-September
Knowing how to swim is mandatory
Families with children 12+ years of age and older. (given the cool water temperature and knowledge of how to swim)
Near here you will also find
In Pontremoli: the Museum of the Stele Statues in the Piagnaro Castle and the Villa Dosi-Delfini.
IT IS ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN TO CLIMB ON, AND/OR HOLD ON TO THE CANYON WALLS, ABANDON WASTE AND/OR DAMAGE THIS SACRED PLACE IN ANY WAY.