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Scheduled tours

2024 dates

 

  • May 1-7 (a lady from Namibia seeks room share…interested?)
  • May 22-28 – only upon request
  • June 5-11– places available
  • Sept 11-17–places available
  • Sept 25-Oct 1(sold out)
  • Oct 2-8 (sold out)

Private tours

price p/p: varies according to group size. Check Price below here

Departures: anytime

SCHEDULED GROUP SIZE with guaranteed departure: min 1 – max 18 guests

PRIVATE GROUP SIZE: min 1 – no limit

DURATION: 7 Days & 6 Nights

  WALK RATING: 2+

  HOTEL STYLE: very comfortable to stylish – ensuite bathroom

CLOSEST AIRPORTS: Florence (FLR) and Rome (FCO)

OPTION TO COMBINE THIS TRIP BACK TO BACK  WITH OTHER WALK ABOUT ITALY TRIPS (Check 2024)

Overview

Embark on a Journey Through Tuscany

Explore Tuscany’s medieval towns and countryside with our guided walking tour. Discover Siena, Chianti, and San Gimignano. Enjoy leisurely strolls, family-run hotels, culinary delights, and local interactions. Choose between small group or private excursions for an unforgettable adventure.

Discover the Timeless Charms

Unveil Tuscany’s hidden gems: Siena, Chianti, San Gimignano, Montalcino, Pienza, and Val d’Orcia. Wander ancient streets, savor regional delicacies, and soak up vibrant culture.

A Leisurely Pace, Enriching Stops

Stroll for 2-3 hours daily, indulging in guide commentaries and local attractions. Experience personalized hospitality at family-run hotels.

Culinary Delights and Musical Notes

Savor lunches at family-run farms and dinners at cozy trattorias. Enjoy occasional musical accompaniments.

A Tapestry of People and Memories

Engage with locals for authentic interactions and lasting connections.

Your Way to Explore

Choose small group or private excursions for a tailored experience.

Inclusions

 

  6 night stay at small hotels (3 and 4 stars). Book early and we will try to accommodate you in a room with a view.

  All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners. Local wine is always included with lunches and dinners. Vegetarian? Vegan? No problem!

 Transportation along the tour

 We carry your luggage from hotel to hotel

1 local guide for groups smaller than 10. Groups larger than 10 people will be guided by 2 local guides.

Entrance tickets for all the special events

  Chianti wine tasting and winery visit: you will talk to the owner!

 Learn about saffron making or cheese making (according to availability) at a small farmhouse in Pienza

 Learn how to tell the quality of extra virgin olive oil along an olive oil tasting

Full cooking class in an ancient building. A lot of fun!

 All taxes

$ What is not included: transportation to the starting place and from the ending place of your trip, tips for the guides, 2 dinners when you are on your own along the tour

Itinerary

Day 1 – Rendezvous in Siena: Unveiling the City’s Charm (Night at La Villa Hotel, Siena)

Gathering at the hotel’s lobby at 4:00 pm, we’ll commence our journey with an insightful tour introduction. Joined by an art guide, we’ll delve into Siena’s treasures – from the enchanting Piazza del Campo to winding alleys and the Palio horse race district’s museum. A delightful dining experience awaits at the family-owned Babazuf, where Marco and Chef Giovanni fuse traditional and modern Italian flavors.

6 km = 3,7 miles (town stroll)
***La Villa Hotel – Siena
dinner

Day 2 – Chianti Unveiled: Walk and Winery (Overnight at La Villa Hotel, Siena)

Our adventure unfolds through Chianti’s renowned vineyards and olive groves. At the intimate Fattoria Tregole winery, hosted by Dario Castagno, NYTimes Bestselling author, you’ll explore this organic haven nestled in Chianti Classico’s heart. Dario’s vivacious accounts, steeped in history, enhance the experience. A delectable lunch at the winery’s restaurant precedes a transfer to Siena. Later, immerse yourself in a captivating cooking class at Dante Alighieri cooking school.

8 km = 5 miles
***La Villa Hotel – Siena
breakfast – lunch – dinner

 

SHOW DAY 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Day 3 – San Gimignano Stroll: A Glimpse of Towers (Night at La Villa Hotel, Siena)

Venture to San Gimignano, a 45-minute transfer away. The town boasts 14 towering medieval marvels. Our countryside hike, enriched by olive groves and Vernaccia di Sangimginano vineyards, leads to Ganozzi family’s vegetable garden farmhouse. A delightful lunch sourced from their produce awaits. Returning to Siena, dinner is at your leisure.


11 km = 7 miles with shorter options
***La Villa Hotel – Siena
breakfast – lunch

 

Day 4 – Montalcino and Brunello Experience (Corsignano Hotel in Pienza)

A 50-minute drive takes us to Montalcino, famed for its wines. Wander its charming streets before embarking on a woodland walk. The path, adorned with Monte Amiata views, leads to Giacomo’s Il Cocco farm. Delve into wine wisdom with Giacomo as you explore his vineyard, Brunello in hand. A farm-fresh lunch follows. Transition to Pienza’s Corsignano Hotel. Tonight, savor dinner at a delectable Pienza eatery.


9 km = 5.5 miles – optional afternoon walk of 4 Km = 2.5 miles
Corsignano Hotel in Pienza
breakfast – lunch, dinner

 

Day 5 – Bagno Vignoni to San Quirico (Corsignano Hotel in Pienza)

A short 15-minute transfer delivers us to Bagno Vignoni. After visiting, we embark on a 4-mile journey to the less-trodden San Quirico d’Orcia. Lunch at Osenna educates on quality olive oil and treats you to hand-made pici pasta with truffles. Explore San Quirico and its gardens before returning to Pienza. Dinner is yours to choose.


9 km = 5,5 miles
Corsignano Hotel in Pienza
breakfast – lunch, dinner

 

Day 6   Pienza walk to the farm – saffron farm or cheese making farm

Set forth on foot from the hotel to Monticchiello, walking through wheat fields. Arrive at Santa Maria Farmhouse, specializing in saffron. Savor a sumptuous lunch celebrating local flavors and produce. Choose to return by foot or enjoy a drive back. The grand farewell dinner unfolds at an elegant international/Tuscany fusion restaurant.

 

* during some tours we instead go to  Il Casale cheese farm, nearby Monticchiello, according to the availability. Sandra will show us how they make pecorino sheep cheese: from the 10 day aged cheese to 20 months old cheese. The sheep are raised in this farm from generations. A nice lunch based on pasta, pecorino (of course!) and local wine will follow. You can decide to be driven back to the hotel or join your guide and walk back to the hotel.


9 km = 5,5 miles – optional afternoon walk of 7 Km = 4,3 miles
 
****Corsignano Hotel – Pienza
breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 7 – Farewell

At 9:00 am, a 45-minute drive takes you to Chiusi-Chianciano Terme train station. From here, a train journey of about two hours leads you to Florence or Rome.


breakfast

 

note on the itinerary

Please bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual walks and sites may vary due to season, special events, or weather. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and in unforeseen circumstances that mandate changes may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience.

FOOD

Here are some examples of what you’ll be eating and drinking, during the tour

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Pici pasta

Pici pasta is a type of traditional Italian pasta that originates from the Tuscany region. It’s characterized by its unique shape and rustic appearance.

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Pici pasta is hand-rolled and typically made from just two simple ingredients: flour and water. The dough is rolled into thick, long strands that resemble rustic spaghetti. What sets pici pasta apart is its slightly uneven and thick texture, which allows it to hold onto sauces quite effectively. The width of pici can vary, but it’s generally wider than standard spaghetti and has a chewy, hearty consistency when cooked. It’s often served with various sauces, such as tomato-based sauces, ragù, or simple garlic and olive oil, making it a versatile canvas for different flavor profiles.

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Panzanella

Panzanella is a traditional Italian salad that originates from Tuscany. It is a delightful and rustic dish made primarily from simple ingredients like stale bread, ripe tomatoes, onions, fresh basil, cucumbers, and sometimes bell peppers. 

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The bread is a key component, as it’s typically soaked or lightly toasted to bring out its flavors and textures. The bread absorbs the juices from the tomatoes and any dressing used, making it soft and flavorful. The tomatoes provide a burst of freshness and juiciness, while the onions add a mild bite. Fresh basil contributes a fragrant and aromatic element, enhancing the overall taste. Additional vegetables like cucumbers and bell peppers can be added for extra crunch and color.

Panzanella is often seasoned with olive oil, vinegar (typically red wine vinegar), salt, and pepper. The dressing complements the natural flavors of the ingredients and ties them together into a harmonious and satisfying dish. It’s a perfect example of Italian cuisine’s knack for turning simple, humble ingredients into a delicious and satisfying meal.

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Bruschetta and cold cuts (affettati)

Bruschetta is an Italian appetizer or antipasto dish that consists of toasted slices of crusty bread, typically made from rustic or country-style bread.

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The bread slices are often rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil before being toasted or grilled until they become crispy and slightly charred. Once the bread is prepared, it’s commonly topped with a mixture of fresh ingredients, which can vary but typically includes diced tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, and sometimes onions. The toppings are seasoned with salt, pepper, and additional olive oil to enhance the flavors. Bruschetta is known for its delightful combination of textures and flavors, offering a satisfying contrast between the crunchy bread and the fresh, aromatic toppings. It’s often served as an appetizer at Italian restaurants and is enjoyed for its simplicity, vibrant taste, and the use of high-quality, fresh ingredients.

Affettati is an Italian culinary term that refers to a variety of sliced, cured meats. These meats are typically thinly sliced and are often served as an appetizer or antipasto dish. Common types of affettati include prosciutto (cured ham), salami (cured sausage), bresaola (air-dried beef), and coppa (cured pork shoulder). The term “affettati” comes from the Italian word “affettare,” which means “to slice,” highlighting the importance of the thin slicing technique used to prepare these meats. These delicacies are enjoyed for their rich flavors and are often accompanied by cheeses, olives, and other accompaniments as part of a charcuterie board or platter.

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Costoleccio e salsicce Arrosto

“Roasted Ribs and Sausages” in English. It refers to a dish typically made with roasted pork ribs and sausages. The ribs and sausages are seasoned with various herbs, spices, and possibly marinades before being cooked in an oven or over an open flame until they are tender, flavorful, and have a crispy exterior. This dish is popular in Italian cuisine and often served as a hearty and savory main course.

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Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is a type of red wine that comes from the Montalcino region in Tuscany, Italy. It’s known for its exceptional quality and is considered one of Italy’s finest and most renowned wines.

 

Other Details

The wine is made exclusively from Sangiovese grapes, a traditional Italian grape variety known for its rich flavors and ability to reflect the characteristics of the terroir (environmental factors that influence the wine’s taste). The name “Brunello” translates to “little dark one” in Italian, referring to the deep, dark color of the wine.

Brunello di Montalcino is highly regarded for its complex aromas and flavors. It often exhibits notes of red and black fruits, like cherry and plum, along with herbal and earthy undertones. The wine typically undergoes a lengthy aging process, spending several years in oak barrels and then additional time in the bottle. This aging contributes to the wine’s depth, maturity, and ability to age gracefully over many years.

Due to its premium quality and limited production, Brunello di Montalcino is often associated with special occasions and is considered a collector’s item by wine enthusiasts. It pairs well with a variety of Italian dishes, especially those featuring rich flavors like roasted meats, game, and aged cheeses.

Giacomo at the winery “il Cocco” will show his grounds and cellar. You will love tasting Brunello at Il Cocco!

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Tiramisù

Tiramisu is a popular Italian dessert that combines layers of rich flavors and textures to create a delectable treat.

Other Details

It typically consists of several key components:

1. **Ladyfinger Biscuits:** These are soft, sponge-like biscuits, also known as Savoiardi, that are dipped in coffee or espresso. They form the base layer of the dessert.

2. **Coffee or Espresso:** Tiramisu gets its distinctive flavor from a soaking of coffee or espresso. The liquid is used to moisten the ladyfinger biscuits, infusing them with a deep coffee taste.

3. **Mascarpone Cream:** This is the creamy and indulgent layer that sits on top of the soaked ladyfingers. It’s made from mascarpone cheese, which is a rich and smooth Italian cheese, mixed with eggs, sugar, and sometimes a touch of liquor like Marsala wine or coffee liqueur. The mascarpone cream is spread over the soaked ladyfingers, creating a luscious layer.

4. **Cocoa Powder:** The dessert is often dusted with a layer of unsweetened cocoa powder, adding a touch of bitterness and balancing out the sweetness of the cream and coffee flavors.

The layers are usually assembled in a dish or serving container, and the dessert is chilled for a few hours to allow the flavors to meld together. The result is a delightful combination of soft and creamy textures with a harmonious interplay of coffee and sweetness. Tiramisu is often garnished with chocolate shavings or grated chocolate for an extra touch of elegance.

The name “tiramisu” actually translates to “pick me up” in Italian, likely referencing the espresso’s caffeine content. This beloved dessert has gained international popularity for its unique blend of flavors and its satisfying, indulgent qualities.

Accommodations with ensuite bathroom

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LA VILLA HOTEL – SIENA: Your Tranquil Haven

Day 1, 2 and 3 of our Tuscany guided walking tour welcome you to this inviting haven. Nestled just beyond Siena’s ancient city walls, La Villa is an exquisite “art nouveau” abode from the early 20th century. A short stroll from Siena’s historic heart, it blends timeless elegance with modern convenience. Adorned with tasteful decor that honors its historical essence, this dwelling offers an ideal base to explore the medieval marvels of Siena. With a warm and welcoming staff, expect to feel right at home.

Explore more at: https://www.lavilladistr.it/en/home

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CORSIGNANO HOTEL – PIENZA: Where Beauty Meets Functionality

Discover the allure of Corsignano Hotel in Pienza. Merging beauty with functionality, this newly renovated 4-star gem graces the canvas of Tuscany’s most pristine landscape. Immerse yourself in a world of aesthetic charm and modern convenience. With an exceptional staff and a delectable breakfast spread, your experience here is destined to become a cherished memory of Tuscany’s essence.

Learn more at: https://www.hotelcorsignano.it/rooms/standard/?lang=en

Price

2024 Private tour

Price per person changes depending on the occupancy number of your private group. Valid 2024
Number of guests price in double room (euros) single supplement (euros)
1 contact us  
2 or 3 4340 640
4 or 5 3420 640
6 or 7 3250 640
8 or 9  3130 640
10 or 11 3080 640
12 or more 2960 640

More guests? Please ask us a quote. We can also tailor the tour to your needs.

  • deposit 300 EURO

  • balance is due 95 days ahead of trip beginning date

  • you can pay in instalments

  • if you travel in July or August there is a seasonal surcharge of 400 euro per person

Reviews

Tuscany has my heart!
This was a trip dreams are made of. I have always wanted to see Tuscany but I am not into touristy type trips. I was a little skeptical of this tour but booked it anyway. I was blown away….It exceeded my expectations. Our guides Daniele and Chiara were a JOY to be with. They shared their countryside with us and they shared themselves. Beautiful souls. For me the hiking was wonderful and I would have done more…but beware this is definitely more of a hiking than walking tour. The food was wonderful and the wine amazing! I highly recommend. I can’t wait to try another tour.

Christina, USA

The Only Way to Experience the Hilltop Towns of Tuscany!
My husband and I spent 7 days in September walking the Tuscan Hills with Gianni and Rudy. Truly one of our best and most memorable travel experiences. If you want to see a beautiful country from off the beaten path with a guide that shares his vast knowledge of the food, wine, history, and geology of the Tuscan Hills – go on this trip! Gianni’s love of his country is so strong – that you cannot help leaving this country sharing his love. His choice of lodging, restaurants, and walking trails were just perfect. As I read my journal from our trip almost 3 months ago it brings a smile to my face as I relive those treasured moments of hiking beautiful vineyard hillsides, making pasta at a local restaurant, listening to arias from well known Italian operas, drinking glorious wines with local wine makers, eating fabulous foods, learning about making cheese, doing yoga in a beautiful vineyard and listening to Gianni play his flute. I could go on, however my strong advice is to experience this yourself – it is truly the only way to visit the hills of Tuscany and its beautiful historic towns. Gianni is not only a true professional but also a charismatic, intelligent man who has an incredible understanding of the culture of his country. Gianni’s organizational skills and ability to relate to all his guests was a large part in making this trip so memorable and enjoyable.
Joe and Mila, USA

The Best Way to See Italy
Forget Rick Steves and sign on with Gianni for a wonderful exploration of some of the best Italy has to offer–countryside, history, food, and people. Gianni’s deep knowledge of all these adds so much richness to the experience of walking through picturesque medieval towns and gorgeous rolling hillsides of vineyards, fields and orchards. The accommodations were comfortable and centralized, often with wonderful views. Some of the food will absolutely spoil you for ever eating “Italian” food at home again. And the people we met through farm, winery and other small business visits were perhaps the best of all–passionate about the food they grow and so willing to share their experience. Although this was a tour through the areas surrounding Siena, Montalcino and Pienza, Gianni offers tours in other areas and I would expect the same high level of engagement and effort to provide unique experiences. Truly exceeded my expectations!

Paula M., Oregon, USA

Simply the Best!
What an amazing and unforgettable experience! Our 8 day walk about Tuscany was like a walk through wonderland. Gianni somehow made each day better than the last. The scenery was magical, the food was incredible and the wine beyond words… Gianni’s vast knowledge and passion is undeniable. He is truly one of a kind as were the places we had the pleasure to visit (wineries, olive oil producer, cheese farm etc.). This is without a doubt the best way to see Italy. We had so much fun!

Susan, Oakville, Canada

Walk about Tuscany
Loved this tour and would highly encourage others to go. Our guides Gianni and Sara were great, everything ran smoothly from day one. Excellent choices of hotels, restaurants and walking trails. The perfect size group, lots of laughs and good memories. Looking forward to the next one. Grazie, Monica

Monica, South Africa

Under the Tuscan Sun…and a big black cloud but only once
I have just returned from 8 fabulous days with Walk About Tuscany hosted by Gianni and Rudy and helped by their hard working transportation crew who ensured we were picked up on time, we traveled safely and no luggage was lost. Congrats to them. I was in a group of 16, coming from many parts of the world and put together by chance. We were treated to a Tuscan experience which will, for me, remain a memory for years to come. We saw everything; from the hill top towns to the wheat fields, from the vineyards to the olive groves, from the churches to the abbeys to the quaint shops and cobblestone streets and each day was a different adventure. We got up close and personal with the Tuscan people, sharing their food, their wines, and learning about their way of life. This was also a walking tour and, boy, did we walk (so sturdy shoes are recommended). It is estimated we covered close to 100 miles, some easy trails, some more challenging climbs. If anyone in the group fell behind or needed time to catch a breath, there was always someone available for company. We were never rushed but there were times we had to be gently reminded that we have a date for lunch or for a wine tasting and we should try not to keep our hosts waiting. We learned so much during each walk; Gianni and Rudy switching back and forth to cover the plantlife and the wildlife not to mention the history of each place we visited. I often wondered…how do these guys know all this stuff!! And in case you think it was all serious business, nothing could be farther from the truth. We had many moments of fun and laughter and even a couple of flute recitals just for a change of pace!! In the end, I have Gianni to thank for this experience. His thoughtful organization and attention to detail were key in delivering a superb product, a memorable adventure and a trip of a lifetime. Walk About Tuscany is highly recommended! Grazie, Gianni

Linda M., Canada

The unforgetable Tuscany
I am so amazed with Gianni who operated our tour with his in-depth knowledge of every single steps and buildings around Tuscany. Not to mention his creativeness in every moments of our walks. You will have great lunches and dinners with lots of special-2-thumbs-up wines. We also visit Olive Oil producer and given sampler at which is the best (and fresh) olive oil that I had ever tasted ! The scenery view is very awesome, just like the post card. Highly recommended and wouldn’t mind to do this tour again.

Paul L., Jakarta, Indonesia

Group Tour of Tuscany Hill Towns with Walk About Tuscany Tours
I had a marvelous time on this trip. Our guide, Gianni, provided gorgeous walks and unique experiences with local organic producers of wine, produce, cheese, and olive oil. Definitely experiences I couldn’t have had without his guidance and that helped me to appreciate what makes this region unique. Gianni is knowledgeable and expended every effort to ensure that our trip was memorable and unique. We walked, ate very well, drank wonderful wines and learned a great deal about this region of Tuscany and why it is among the most delightful of all Italy.

Anne from Evanston, Illinois, USA

Guides

Gianni

Gianni

Founder, trip organizer and guide at Walk About Italy (with a degree in Geology)

I am 51 years old.  Geology is my background (Ph.D.) but to me life is about more than an academic degree. Music and walking are my passions. I have been a certified guide for nature walks since 1999. After working many years as a guide and also in the back stage of the travel industry for foreign walking tour companies, I earned my Tour Organizer business license, valid in Italy and the rest of the world. Let me organize your vacation to Tuscany and other parts of Italy.

Tours he guides: Tuscany, Amalfi, Sicily, Umbria – Assisi & Le Marche

Sara

Sara

A true passion for life (with a degree in ethnology)

Sara is a fully licensed guide, both for nature trails and for the city of Siena. Sara was born in a small village in Chianti area. When I first met her few years ago I was struck by her great personality, enthusiasm and kindness. Her background is in Anthropology.

Tours she guides: Tuscany

Rudy

Rudy

Photographing Tuscany (with a degree in yoga teaching)

Rudy was born in Colle Val d’Elsa, a town between Siena and Florence. He began working as a cycling guide and then as a professional nature guide. He is a Yoga teacher and passionate about natural medicine. He studied kinesiology, shiatsu, craniosacral therapy and has completed a master’s degree in osteopathy. Now he is studying photojournalism and nature photography because he wants to combine four great passions: photography, travel, people, animals.
Rudy is a vegetarian. “In Tuscany you can eat well without meat too … especially if you like good red wine.”

Tours he guides: Tuscany and Amalfi

Chiara

Chiara

Farming vegetables, olives, chickens, ducks and pigs (with a degree in natural sciences)

Chiara was born in Volterra, a charming Etruscan town nearby Pisa. After graduating in Natural Sciences in 2001 she has become a nature hiking guide, accompanying guests in Tuscany and pleasing them with lovely pic-nics. In 2015 she decided to start her own farm with a vegetable garden, olive trees, aromatic plants, chickens, ducks and pigs. Now she is a tour leader and a farmer. She will take you around with dirty hands for a good reason!

Tours she guides: Tuscany

Daniele

Daniele

Making pecorino sheep cheese an art (with a degree in natural sciences)

Daniele was born and raised in a farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside. Ever since he helped his dad to make an amazing pecorino sheep cheese.

He’s got a Master’s Degree in Natural Sciences in 2009 and started working as a nature guide around the Indian Ocean and Africa, before coming back to his beloved homeland.

As a passionate birdwatcher, he always keep an eye on the sky during his walks, sharing the pleasure of exploration and the discovery of new places.

Tours he guides: Tuscany

Erica

Erica

Walking changed my life!

Erica was born in San Gimignano from Italian dad and Scottish mum.

Her background is as Sales Executive in an export company but after 10 years she decided to leave the office, change her life and make a job out of her passions: walking, nature, art, living outdoor and meeting new people and cultures. Now Erica is a licensed hiking and city guide and her aim is to let you love Tuscany as much as she does!

Tours she guides: Tuscany

Trip facts

group meets here:

Siena – La Villa Hotel
Viale Vittorio Veneto, 11
53100 – Siena

at what time?

4.00 PM

trip ends here:

Chiusi – Chianciano Terme train station

at what time?

10 AM

Useful information on the tour

 

How to prepare for this trip

Walking or jogging for 60 minutes 3 times a week for 5 weeks ahead of trip will make your experience more enjoyable. In case you live in a flat area you might also incorporate some steps in your physical activity.

 

What to bring:

  • Walking shoes with good traction (sometimes we might have mud on the trail)
  • Hat, Swimming suit, sun cream, water bottle to refill with tap water
  • Dinners at Italian restaurants do not require any special dress code.
    Wear shoes with good traction

An average day of the trip

On a typical day you hike/walk with your guide in the morning for 3 hours, then we stop at a restaurant or farmhouse for lunch (lunch can last 1hour and half). We serve local food and wines as we believe that food plays an important role in the enjoyment of Tuscany.
In the afternoon there might be some more walking or town stroll. Around 4.30 or 5pm your guide will take you back to the hotel.
Your guides are available from 9am to 5pm on each day.
Before dinner you will be able to rest a couple of hours.
Dinner will be served in a restaurant in town that you will be able to easily reach on foot. At dinner the guide will not be with you. This is why we planned to have most of the hotels in the town centers and pedestrian areas. And if the hotel is away from the town center we have set up transportation to take you to the next restaurant or activity.
Local wine is always included for lunch or dinner. We serve vino della casa (house wine) as the quality of local house wines is very high. Not by chance this part of Tuscany is one of the most famous wine making area in Italy (Chianti Classico, Brunello, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano).

 

Weather

In general, the climate in Tuscany is very mild. Usually summers in Tuscany are hot with little or no rain. July and August are the hottest months (but still nice for walking as there is always a breeze blowing up on the hills). Spring (April and May) and Autumn (October and November) are milder. You can have some drops of rain but not too many. Winter is colder but you still can count on many sunny days.

Month   avg. High     avg. Low

Apr   66 °F (19 °C)    46 °F (8 °C)
May  73 °F (23 °C)   54 °F (12 °C)
Jun     81 °F (27 °C)   59 °F (15 °C)
Sep    81 °F (27 °C)   59 °F (15 °C)
Oct     72 °F (22 °C)  52 °F (11 °C)
Nov    61 °F (16 °C)  45 °F (7 °C)

Tipping your guides

Single Guide Tour: If your tour is led by a single guide, it is customary to provide a minimum tip of 20 euros per day, per customer. Your guide will be your primary source of information and assistance throughout the tour, and this gesture will reflect your gratitude for their personalized service.

Dual Guide Tour: In cases where your tour is led by two guides, we recommend a minimum tip of 10 euros per day, per customer, for each guide. This ensures that both guides are acknowledged for their contributions to your tour experience.

Tipping your drivers

If you wish to tip your drivers each of you might want to tip them 5 euro per day per driver.

Extra expenses

Plan to have extra cash or money in your credit card enough to buy a couple of coffee or tea every day (5 euros average) . Two nights out of six you are on your own for dinner (20-25 euros per meal per person, average)

Snapshots from the tour

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TUSCANY May 10-17 – AMALFI COAST May 18-24 (1 night gap)
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TUSCANY Oct 2-9 – SICILY Oct 9-15 (no night gap)
SICILY Sept 1-7 – TUSCANY Sept 11-18 (4 night gap)
SICILY Sept 25-Oct 1 – TUSCANY Oct 2-9 (1 night gap)
SICILY Oct 9-15 – TUSCANY Oct 16-23 (1 night gap)

TUSCAN SPLENDORS + UMBRIA, ASSISI & LE MARCHE MARVELS

UMBRIA MARCHE May 3-9 – TUSCANY May 10-17 (1 night gap)
TUSCANY Sept 11-18 – UMBRIA MARCHE Sept 19-25 (1 night gap)
TUSCANY Oct 2-9 – UMBRIA MARCHE Oct 10-16 (1 night gap)
UMBRIA MARCHE Oct 10-16 – TUSCANY Oct 16-23 (no night gap)

TUSCAN SPLENDORS + CINQUE TERRE OFF THE BEATEN PATH EXPERIENCE

TUSCANY Sept 4-11 – CINQUE TERRE Sept 17-23 (6 night gap)

AMALFI COAST WONDERS + SICILIAN FLAVORS

AMALFI COAST May 18-24 – SICILY May 25-31 (1 night gap)
SICILY Sept 1-7 – AMALFI COAST Sept 12-18 (5 night gap)

AMALFI COAST WONDERS + UMBRIA, ASSISI & LE MARCHE MARVELS

AMALFI COAST Sept 12-18 – UMBRIA MARCHE Sept 19-25 (1 night gap)

AMALFI COAST WONDERS + CINQUE TERRE OFF THE BEATEN PATH EXPERIENCE

AMALFI COAST Oct 10-16 – CINQUE TERRE Oct 17-23 (1 night gap)

UMBRIA, ASSISI & LE MARCHE MARVELS + SICILIAN FLAVORS

UMBRIA MARCHE Sept 19-25 – SICILY Sept 25-Oct 1 (no night gap)

CINQUE TERRE OFF THE BEATEN PATH EXPERIENCE + SICILIAN FLAVORS

CINQUE TERRE Sept 17-23 – SICILY Sept 25- Oct 1 (2 night gap)

SICILIAN FLAVORS + CINQUE TERRE OFF THE BEATEN PATH EXPERIENCE

SICILY Oct 9-15 – 5 TERRE Oct 17-23 (2 night gap)

UMBRIA, ASSISI & LE MARCHE MARVELS + CINQUE TERRE OFF THE BEATEN PATH EXPERIENCE

UMBRIA MARCHE Oct 10-16 – 5 TERRE Oct 17-23 (1 night gap)

WALK RATING

Activity level:
2+ (on a scale from 1 to 5)
Daily Hours:
Up to 3
Daily Distance:
3 to 10 km (2 to 7 miles)
Walking Surfaces:
Gentle with some uneven terrain
Daily Elevation:
Up to 200 mt. (650 feet)
Personal Fitness:
Light exercise weekly, active lifestyle

WALK RATING

Activity level:
3 (on a scale from 1 to 5)
Daily Hours:
Up to 3
Daily Distance:
3 to 10 km (2 to 7 miles)
Walking Surfaces:
Gentle with some uneven terrain
Daily Elevation:
Up to 300 mt. (1000 ft.) - Average day 200 mt (650 ft.)
Personal Fitness:
Light exercise weekly, active lifestyle