Take a relaxed walk in Italy

Tuscan Splendors

Siena, Chianti, San Gimignano, Montalcino & Val d’Orcia

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Amalfi Coast Wonders

Naples, Vesuvius, Pompeii & Amalfi

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Sicilian Flavors

Siracusa, Noto, Eolian Islands

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Umbria, Assisi & Le Marche Marvels

Orvieto, Assisi, Adriatic sea

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We are Italy guided walking tour specialists

My name is Gianni Stanghellini. I am a Ph.D. geologist. I have been working on Italy guided walking tour business for 18 years. I was born and raised in Siena, a medieval town in Tuscany, Italy. I live and work in Siena still as I have never found a good reason to leave this beautiful place.

Italy guided walking tours – Tuscany and much more

We focus on very few areas to provide the best Italy guided walking tour: Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Umbria, Assisi & Le Marche. We believe that these 4 areas well represent the Italian beauty. All different from each other. All amazing to visit.

Walk About Italy is a small business that hires only locals

First of all we hire only local guides and drivers. Secondly we go to small family-owned restaurants. Furthermore we visit small farms where you can talk to the farmers. Finally we provide contact with the locals as much as we can.

“The traveler sees what he sees; the tourist sees what he has come to see”. G.K. Chesterton

A successfull 2019 - Comments from guests

This is Gianni, owner and guide at Walk About Italy. 2019 has been a very successful year for us! We have travelled with 280 happy people in 21 tours between Tuscany, Amalfi and Sicily.

Take a look at comments of people on each individual departure:

Tuscany (139 guests traveled with us in 2019)

May-3-10 Sara was excellent. She is very knowledgeable and very personable. We would be happy to have her lead another tour for us (Susan, Canada)

May-15-22 I will highly recommend your tour to my friends and family (Jacqui, South Africa)

June 9-16 This was an amazing experience. Life changing & much more than I expected. From the guides, hotels, food & walking can be recommended (Leola, South Africa)

June 11-18  (Inez and I are so grateful to you for organizing such a lovely trip for us, Russel, USA)

Jun 16-23 Gianni, Sara and Daniele,  thank you for a trip of a lifetime and one that I will never forget.  You do not realize how fortunate you are to live in such a beautiful place.  I envy you !! Thank you for sharing it with us, and being so passionate about what you do.  It surely shines through !! (Anton & Helena, South Africa)

June 17-20 Gianni is a brilliant host (Michelle, South Africa)

August 30-Sept 6  Food Food Food, Italians can eat LOL!!! The food was incredible (Chantal, South Africa)

Sept 2-9 the trip for me exceeded all my expectations and I can highly recommend your business to anyone (Sarah, South Africa)

Sept 8-15 I cannot give enough praise for this tour.  Gianni and his staff were wonderful and everything was arranged with such professionalism but at the same time so friendly and informative (Pauline, South Africa)

Sept 16-20  Thank you for an amazing trip!! (Luelle, South Africa)

Sept 23-30 The visits at the family farms were amazing (Desny, South Africa)

Sept 30-Oct7-2019 such an enjoyable trip (Cara, Canada)

Sept 30 – Oct 7 Best trip ever (Dale, Canada)

 

Amalfi (110 guests traveled with us in 2019)

Sept 2-8  This tour was more than I expected and absolute with every cent! (Adele, South Africa)

 

Travel to the real Italy, away from the hustle and hurry of being a ‘tourist’ and take a stroll with some of the most friendly and welcoming people in the world. Learn about the history of the area and walk through the streets and trails nestled alongside the splendor of the coast. Amazing food, wine.
Every day was a chance to see and experience something different, and the entire tour was very well organized.

 

My husband and I just returned from our walking tour of the Amalfi coast. To say we enjoyed the trip would be a huge understatement. The walks we were guided through were so varied in their challenges and and experiences it’s hard to pick a favorite. The tour of Mt Vesuvius was a once in a lifetime experience. Pompeii was a living history lesson. We spent a morning touring a monastery that originated in the 14th century. All were so different and fascinating. We visited Vietri Sul Mare for a fantastic seafood lunch and shopping for beautiful ceramics. The gardens of Ravello are the most beautiful I’ve had the privilege to visit. The farm to table meals we had along our way will be forever in our fond memories.

 

In 2016 my husband and I walked the Tuscan Hills with Gianni owner of Walk About Italy – my review was titled “The Only Way to Experience the Hilltop Towns of Tuscany!!” – well, we just returned from a 7 day walking tour of the Amalfi Coast and I have to say – the only way to experience the hills of the Amalfi Coast is with Walk About Italy!!! If you love history, fabulous foods, excellent wines, homemade lemoncello and a desire to hike the steep hillsides of this beautiful region that juts into the Mediterranean then this is a trip for you. Our adventure started with a hike to Vesuvius and then to Pompei where we walked chariot rutted streets! We then started our journey to the Amalfi Coast – and then I woke to a very peaceful colorful sunrise. The hiking adventures included views of terrace lemon groves, stunning almost jaw dropping views of the Mediterranean, clusters of colorful buildings hanging onto the hillsides, hiking through a lush “rain forest” like environment in the Mill’s Valley and walking through ancient paper mill ruins. I could go on about the cheesemaking, drinking the most fabulous lemoncello and wines, fresh produce, homemade pastas and hikes that I will forever remember but instead I would strongly suggest you take this trip and experience it for yourself.
Mila

This was my first organized tour and it turned out to be a truly immersive experience. “Walking tour” means doing it the local way – walking up, down, and all around – the only way to see the coast of Amalfi. Bring good solid walking shoes and beware the weather. Gianni organized everything – from shuttles and transfers to good quality hotels and fantastic lunch and dinner venues. We were well taken care of there was no doubt – and we earned it with every step 🙂 Thank you Gianni #walkaboutitaly for a most wonderful experience.

I just completed my second tour with Walk About Italy, to Naples and the Amalfi Coast. My first tour through Tuscany was a wonderful experience, free from worry, every day planned and executed to give us an authentic look and taste of Tuscany. The trip to Amalfi did not disappoint. Ours guides had us on lovely trails outside villages into the countryside and down to the ocean. We saw many lovely villages and ate only in authentic farmhouses and cafes. There was much diversity and every day was planned to the minute. Many wonderful fresh meals, lovely people wherever we went. Our hotels were small and personal, every amenity you might need met. It is because of this second successful vacation that my friends and I have already booked our third tour with this company, to Sicily. It is a treat for me to tour away from home, see so much, and feel so catered to. Well done Gianni and company!!

 

 

Sicily (30 guests traveled with us in 2019)

May 7-13 We loved both Gianni and Orietta! (Charles, USA)

Sept 1-7 We had a fantastic group and the trip was more than we could have wished for.  Thank you Orietta (Klive, South Africa)

Sept 22-28 The best way to get to know a country, is to walk with the locals! This week in Sicily with Gianni and Ermes was an intimate experience of the hospitality, the food, the geology and the life of the Sicilians. Highly recommended! (Eras, South Africa)

 

Thank you so much to all our guests that we call now friends (Gianni, owner and guide at Walk About Italy)

Dan & Beth talking about their Walk About trip

by Catherine Van Brunschot, a Calgary-based food and travel writer and a regular contributor to Taste & Travel International

Fun in Tuscany
This was an amazing tour. Walking in Tuscany, every day was different and so enjoyable. The value for money was fantastic even for South Africans with our bad exchange rate. The food and typical Tuscan experiences were so varied and always far better than expected; from wine tasting to cooking classes, to meeting Italian families and eating in their homes and small hotels, the whole experience was so much fun. A holiday I will never forget

Amanda M. (Durban, South Africa)

Superb walking tour experience
This tour was extraordinary and exceeded all my expectations. The guides, Gianni Stanghellini and Sara, were kind, thoughtful, extremely well-organized, very knowledgeable about the region, and sensitive to members’ particular needs. The hotels were wonderful; the food delicious; and the activities/stops all interesting, welcoming and informative. All practical arrangements were virtually flawless. A lovely mixtures of guided time and activities and time to explore on our own. And an overall atmosphere of humor and good-fellowship.

Mark K., Northampton (MA) USA