Nonsolovolo. You can rent mountain bikes and equipment for paragliding from Nonsolovolo. Via XXIV Maggio 10, Lizzano, Apulia, 51028. 0573/677700.

Water Sports

Il Viottolo. Adventurous types can rent sea kayaks and mountain bikes from this tour operator, or participate in three-day guided excursions on land or by sea. Via Fucini 279, Marina di Campo, Tuscany, 57034. 0565/978005.

Spaziomare. If you are hoping to rent a motorboat for a half- or full-day, this is the place. Sailboats to rent by the week are also available. Via Vittorio Veneto 13, Porto Azzurro, Tuscany, 57036. 0565/95112 or 348/6017862.

Subnow. Contact this group of experienced divers for information on diving excursions in the waters of Elba's National Marine Park. Via della Foce 32, Località La Foce, Marina di Campo, Tuscany, 57034. 0565/979051.


Consorzio Impianti. This group manages the ski facilities in Abetone and has information on the Multipass, as well as maps, directions, and area information. Via Brennero 429, Abetone, Tuscany, 51021. 0573/60557.

Pistoiese ski area. The area has 37 ski slopes, amounting to about 50 km (31 mi) of ski surface, all accessible through the purchase of a single Multipass. You can check the Abetone section of the Pistoiese ski area Web site for details on the Multipass. Abetone, Tuscany.

Hiking and Climbing

Centro Accoglienza Parco. Stop here for help with hiking information, particularly for the Parco Naturale delle Alpi Apuane. Piazza Erbe 1, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Tuscany, 55032. 0583/644242. .

Club Alpino Italiano. For detailed maps and information about trekking in the mountains surrounding Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, contact the Club Alpino Italiano. Via Vittorio Emanuele, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Tuscany, 55032. No phone.


Claudio Maggi Cicli. This shop has been selling bicycle equipment and renting bikes since 1906. From May through September it's open daily 8 to 1 and 3 to 8; from October through April it's closed Wednesday and Sunday. Viale Morin 85, Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany, 55042. 0584/89529. 0584/81699.

Coppa Bikes. Right on the beach, Coppa rents bicycles and keeps late hours: 8 am to midnight daily from May through August, 8 to 8 daily the rest of the year. Via A. Franceschi 4/d, Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany, 55042. 0584/83528.

Hiking and Climbing

Forte dei Marmi Club Alpino Italiano. This group can provide guided tours, as well as information on area hiking, spelunking, and rock climbing. Via Buonarroti 47, Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany, 55042. No phone.

Scuba Diving

Associazione Subacquei Versilia. For information about the best places to scuba dive on the Versilian and Ligurian coasts, contact the Associazione Subacquei Versilia. Via S. Allende 38, Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany, 55042. 0584/82070.

Club Nautico Versilia

Club Nautico Versilia. Sailors who wish to tour the coastal waters should contact Club Nautico Versilia for assistance with maps, port and docking information, charter and craft-rental resources, and information about craft repair and refueling. Piazza Artiglio, Viareggio, Tuscany, 55049. No phone.

Capraia Diving Club

Capraia Diving Club. Capraia's clear waters and undersea life draw raves from scuba divers. Scuba-diving equipment, boats for rent, and the guidance of qualified instructors are available through this diving service. Via Assunzione 100/B, Capraia Isola, Tuscany, 57032. 0586/905137.


For day-trippers, the best hike is the 1,350-foot ascent from Giglio Porto to Giglio Castello. It's a 4-km (2½-mile) trek that takes about an hour and affords marvelous views of the island's east coast. Frequent bus service to and from Castello allows the option of walking just one way. The rest of the island's trails are reasonably well marked. Pick up maps at the tourist office in Giglio Porto.

Water Sports

Boatmen. Rent motorboats for exploring the island's innumerable coves at this kiosk on the waterfront. Look for signs reading noleggio barche (boat rentals) near the ferry dock. On port, Via Umberto I, Giglio Porto, Tuscany. 347/0547755.

Spiaggia Arenella. You can charter your own snorkeling or beach excursion and let someone else do the piloting through Marco Bartoletti. You'll find him at the Arenella beach. Località Arenella, 2½ km (1 mile) north of Giglio Porto. 336/535054 Marco.


Palio. Siena's thrilling horse race takes place every year on July 2 and August 16. Three laps around the track in the Piazza del Campo earn the victor the palio (a hand-painted banner, unique to each event), and the respect or scorn of the remaining 16 contrade. Tickets usually sell out months in advance; call the Siena tourist office for more information. Note that some hotels reserve a number of tickets for guests. It's also possible you might luck out and get an unclaimed seat or two. The standing-room center of the piazza is free to all on a first-come, first-served basis, until just moments before the start. If you opt for this option, beware of the summer heat, and take water with you. The entry of the horses into the starting gate can sometimes be a lengthy process–they are easily spooked and it can take up to several hours to get things ready–all-in-all, you might be better off finding a comfortable seat in front of a TV. Siena tourist office, Piazza del Campo 56, Città, Siena, Tuscany, 53100. 0577/280551.

Berutto Nedo

Berutto Nedo. The vendors at Berutto Nedo, which sell bikes near the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, are friendly and speak English. Via dei Gaspari Alcide 83/r, Anfiteatro, Lucca, Tuscany, 55100. 0583/517073.

Poli Antonio Biciclette

Poli Antonio Biciclette. This is the best option for bicycle rental on the east side of town. Piazza Santa Maria 42, Lucca East, Lucca, Tuscany, 55100. 0583/493787.