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Tuscany

Tuscany

Degree of difficulty - Moderate

This tour explores this beautiful region famous for its fine food and wine, magnificent landscapes and wonderful hilltop towns. We visit the thermal springs of Bagno Vignoni and the Val d'O with its breathtaking landscape, its Renaissance towns and its fabulous monasteries.

The tour start with a walk towards the medieval town of Montepulciano where you spend the night. We trek through the stunning rolling hills, oak woods and pretty villages and end up in a thermal bathing place where the main square is a basin of steaming hot water! The tour meanders along vineyards and olive trees towards Montalcino, home of some of Italy's most famous wines. The stunning city of Sienna is our final destination, where you have time to explore the beautiful squares and churches that make up this historic city.

Day 1 - Arrival in Chiusi

You are met by our representative who will spend a short time going over the tour with you answering any question you may have. He will then drive you to your hotel in Montepulciano.

Day 2 - Montepulciano/Pienza

From the San Biagio church (which is in the outskirts of town and certainly worth a visit) the road takes you to Montichiello - a nice little village immersed in the "Crete". You can stop there for a nice lunch or just for a cappuccino before continuing to Pienza which is one of the nicest Renaissance towns in Tuscany. Visit the town which is also an agricultural centre well known for pecorino cheese, and truffle production. Overnight in a nice hotel in the town.(6 hrs walking time; 15 km 490 m ascent)

Day 3 - Pienza/San Quirico d'Orcia/Bagno Vignoni

The walking today crosses a beautiful region of rolling hills, oaks woods, quiet villages and ends in, or close by, a thermal bathing place where the main square is a basin of steaming hot water. It is possible to swim in the thermal pool (additional charge) if you do not get there too late; according to availability the night can be spent in Bagno Vignoni, or in an agriturismo 2 km from the town along the walking trail. (5 hrs walking time; 15 km 415 ascent)

Day 4 - Bagno Vignoni/Sant'Antimo/Montalcino

A longer walking day along dry river beds in the rather wild environment to reach St Antimo; a lovely abbey isolated in the middle of a pastoral landscape with grazing herds around which adds peacefulness to the scene. From there it is additional 10 km of a steep ascending trail to reach Montalcino, so the car with your luggage will pick you up in St Antimo to drive you to this nice medieval town. Accommodation in Hotel Montalcino.(6 hrs walking time, 13 km 585 elevation gain)

Day 5 - Montalcino/Buonconvento

As Montalcino is the country of Brunello - one of the most famous wines of this region - you will be walking through vineyards and olive trees. Then the route will lead you through the beautiful “Crete” landscape. You will spend the night in a nice agriturismo 3 km from Buonconvento.(4hrs walking time; 15km / 255 m elevation gain)

Day 6 – Buonconvento/Buonconvento

A short day but full of ups and downs. The unpaved road will take you to Monte Oliveto Maggiore, one of the most impressing abbeys in Italy – a red bricks construction in a rugged landscape. The owner of the agroturismo can collect you if walking back feels too much (if you decide to walk back, it will take approx 3 hours). You can also skip today’s walk and enjoy the Inn’s swimming pool or its beauty farm Sauna(4hrs walking time)

Day 7 - Buonconvento/Monte Oliveto Maggiore/ Siena

You will start the day with a transfer to Monte Oliveto Maggiore – you can visit the abbey before the tourist rush hours and start walking back towards your accommodation. You can stop for a light snack at Chiusure, the first village on your way back. There is a small “Alimentari” where you can enjoy a freshly made panini. Pick up your luggage and get on a train to Siena for your last night (there is a possibility of a private transfer to Siena).(3 hrs 30 mins walking time; 16 km / 285 m elevation gain)

Day 8 – Siena

Visit the town of Siena before your departure for your next destination.

Or extend your holidays:

1st day: Siena/Villa Lecchi

You will be transferred to Monteriggioni, the perfectly rounded walled town. After a short visit (Monteriggioni is very small), start your walk down hill from this ancient military post and then among vineyards to reach the main asphalt road to Castellina. After walking on this road for about 10 minutes (1km) you can head onto an unpaved road leading you through the vineyards. You will spend your night in Villa Lecchi, settled in a little hamlet.(15 km)

2nd day: Villa Lecchi/Castellina

The walk starts right on the doorstep of Villa from where you take a ridge road that has beautiful views of vineyards and amazing properties on both sides. The las part is steep and you have a couple of kms on an asphald road before you reach one of the most famous towns of the Chianti area – Castellina in Chianti. Visit the town, have a lunch and call Luciana to drive you back to Villa Lecchi.(15 km)

3rd day – transfer to Poggibonsi train station where you can catch a train to Florence

€940 per person sharing

€140 single room supplement

€210 per person sharing - optional tour extension in Villa Lecchi

The tour is based on a minimum of 2 people participation and you can start at any day.

Tour Includes

  • 7 nights B&B - All breakfasts
  • Needed transfers
  • Luggage transfer at each change of accommodation
  • Transfer to Montepulciano from Chiusi train station
  • Detailed road book and maps
  • One of our assistants will meet you on the first day (or the next morning if biking or hiking are not in the program for the first day) to explain the tour and answer your questions

Optional tour extension in Villa Lecchi includes:

2 nights accommodation with breakfasts and dinners, transfers as per the itinerary, maps and route notes.

Self Guided Tour Information

 

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