TUSCANY

  8 Day Independent Tour   This particular hiking vacation in Italy is in the region of Tuscany. Indeed Tuscany is a very large region but this walk will take you through the area of Tuscany which is the most photographed and therefore you should experience the type of scenery found on many calenders and […]

 

8 Day Independent Tour

 

This particular hiking vacation in Italy is in the region of Tuscany. Indeed Tuscany is a very large region but this walk will take you through the area of Tuscany which is the most photographed and therefore you should experience the type of scenery found on many calenders and postcards from the region. This walking holiday has been graded as a level 2 self guided walking tour. This really is the Tuscany that you always have dreamt of. You will walk in the rolling hills very often portrayed in Renaissance paintings and filmed in today’s movies, a landscape with a deep blue sky, golden ochres and lush greens. From the famous vineyards of Vino Nobile and Brunello to walled medieval and renaissance boroughs visiting superb churches and abbeys with comfortable accommodations and typical restaurants and locandas. You will see high cypress trees, holm oak, broom, in the fields wheat, vines, chestnuts and barely. Look closely and you might see, wild boars, foxes, porcupines, badgers, buzzards and much more.

 

Day to Day Itinerary

 

Day 1

Arrival in Arezzo, explore the old town

Arrival to Arezzo which is one of the wealthiest towns in Tuscany with its production of gold jewellery for shops all over Europe. It has a wonderful medieval city centre. In the San Francesco church there is the famous Piero della Francesca’s fresco “The legend of the true cross” which has been recently restored. You can have a short 1.8 miles , 3km walk in the city centre follow the roads and narrow alleys of the town.

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Day 2

Transfer to Castiglion Fiorentino environs and walk to Cortona 10 miles 16km

 

Our local representative will meet you in Arezzo, they will introduce you to your walking tour and then willtake you to the start of your walk. Today you will walk on gravel paths and paths towards Cortona with a nice long descent into your destination. Cortona was founded by the Etruscans whose presence can still be seen in the foundations of the city walls and buildings, Cortona sits on a side of a hill facing the Chiana valley. During the middle ages Cortona became one of the most powerful towns of the area.

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Day 3

Cortona – Lake Trasimeno 11.3 miles 18km

Today on your walk you will have stunning views of the Chiana valley and lake Trasimeno, the walk will take you to the site where the troops of Rome under Consul Flaminius where defeated by the Carthagineans under Hannibal in the 217 b.C. Lake Trasimeno is the largest lake in the Italian peninsula with a surface area of 128 kmÇ, slightly less than Lake Como, a tectonic lake, 3 million years ago, there was a shallow sea in this part of Umbria. Then a depression formed by geologic fractures, allowed the formation of Lake Trasimeno.

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Day 4

Transfer and walk to Montepulciano 6.3 miles 10km

Today a relaxing walk in the Montepulciano countryside passing through a Vino Nobile estate with an exploratory town’s walk in the main roads and narrow alleys of the town. Montepulciano is a medieval walled town built on a limestone ridge with renaissance style palazzi and chuches. You will have stunning views of the Chiana valley, the Vino Nobile vineyards of Montepulciano and the imposing cliff where the town lies.

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Day 5

Montepulciano – Pienza 8.75 miles 14km

Today a relaxing walk in gravel roads and paths on the way to the Orcia Valley passing through the medieval walled village of Monticchiello. Today you will have views of towns and the classic Tuscan countryside of rolling hills dotted with stone houses and decorated by cypress trees. In 1459 Pope Pius II (also a humanist philosopher) decided to rebuild his hometown (Corsignano) employing the Rossellino (architect) to build a model renaissance tow,“Pienza” (from Pius).

 

Day 6

Pienza – S.Quirico or Bagno Vignoni 8.75 miles 14km

Today you are walking across rolling hills. Along the route you will pass through the village of S.Quirico d’Orcia, not often found by tourists but very very nice and quiet. Before getting to Bagno Vignoni there is the small village of Vignoni Alto with a very picturesque medieval citadel.

 

Day 7

S.Quirico / Bagno Vignoni – Montalcino 12 miles 18km

Today this walk is going to be one of the most varied from evergreen woods to fields and vineyards, today there will be also some steeper hills to climb, but not technically difficult. Today your destination of Montalcino is a medieval hilltop town famous for its imposing “Fortezza” , the Brunello red wine and for honey. Try the wine tasting of Brunello wine at the castle and maybe buy a crate to be shipped home!

 

Day 8

Departure after breakfast.

Buses are available to reach Siena or Buonconvento railway station where trains are available to Pisa and Bologna.

 

Tour Rating – Moderate to Intermediate

Walking distance varies from 10 to 16km. The hilly countryside can be demanding and it requires some stamina and a moderate to good physical condition. The walks are along uneven footpaths, mule tracks and strade bianche, (small gravel roads).

Adequate hiking gear is required.

 

 

Schedule & Price

Every day from 1st April to 31st October

Price per person CAD $1380
Extra nights pre or post tour $130

 

 

This tour includes:

* 7 nights accommodation based on double occupancy

* Breakfasts each day

* Information Pack

* Luggage transfers

* Maps and walking instructions

* Transfers as per itinerary schedule

* Meet and greet at tour start

* Emergency phone hotline

 

 

 

Accommodation

Selected 3 star hotels and cosy family run agriturismo and Inns, several with swimming pools that are generally open from May to September. Accommodation is based on double room occupancy with private en-suite facilities. Throughout the trip there are plenty of opportunities to taste not only the excellent local food but also the many famous wines of the region.