Tuscany Private Walking & Food Experience

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Tuscany 8 Day Private Walking Tour

This is a private tour. You can share this with your friend or family. It is up to you! Walk the medieval towns and surrounding countryside: Siena, San Gimignano, Montalcino, Pienza, Val d’Orcia.
Tuscany is well known for its beauty.
Each day we walk for about 2-3 hours with lots of stops for guide commentaries, coffee, pastries, visit family-run farms, lunches at small trattorias.
Local people are also a big part of this tour as we believe that the best memories will come from the people that you meet along this adventure.

Explore the medieval towns: Siena, San Gimignano, Montalcino, Pienza, Vald’Orcia. Taste oil, wine and vegetables at family-run farms. Walk the many paths that connect the villages with memorable panoramas.

What makes us special

Guaranteed departure Even if we have just you on tour we are committed to operate the tour. Book soon with us and book your flight to Italy!
– We are locals. We have been born and raised in Tuscany. We know how to stay away from the crazy crowds. We know the little secrets that will make your stay unforgettable (a couple of examples: 1) San Gimignano, the town with 14 towers, needs to be visited before 10.30am; later that that it will be crowded with tourists. 2) Pici thick spaghetti handmade pasta is available everywhere in this region but only few restaurants provide the true hand-made…and we know where this is 🙂
– It is a small group tour (group is not larger than 18)
Relaxed pace: 5 to 7 miles (3-4 hours average) walks on each day. WALK RATING: 2+ on a base of 1=easy to 5=strenuous
Local guides: 1 walking guide for groups of 9 guests or smaller. Groups of 10 guests or larger will be guided by 2 guides
Every day a special activity: Italian Opera show, hands-on cooking class, olive oil farm visit, family-run farms experience and a lot more.
It’s a responsible way of traveling: We employ all local small businesses; small farms, local guides, family run hotels and restaurants. If you buy our tours you will give back a lot to the area, contributing to mantain the economy of this region. Thanks a lot for doing this!

Inclusions

– 7 night stay at small hotels (3 and 4 stars). All the hotels are conveniently located in the town historical centers. Book early and we will try to accommodate you in a room with a view.
– All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
– Transportation along the tour
– 1 local guide
– Entrance tickets for all the special events
– One Chianti and two Brunello winery visits and tastings: you will talk to the owners!
– Learn about cheese making at a small farmhouse in Pienza followed by a nice lunch based on cheese
– Full cooking class in an ancient building. A lot of fun!
– Opera singing night special show
– All taxes

La Villa Hotel – Siena

Located just outside the old city walls of Siena, The Villa is a charming “art nuveau” residence dating from the early years of the twentieth century and within easy walking distance from the historic centre of Siena. All our rooms are tastefully decorated with respect for the aesthetic and historical origins of the building. A great base from which to explore the medieval town of Siena.


Castel Brunello – Sant’Angelo in Colle

 

In five buildings there are differently sized apartments, with interiors that reflect the classic Tuscan lifestyle. Rustic beamed ceilings and Tuscan floors confer the units an incomparable atmosphere. All buildings feature a traditional stone masonry façade, and a pool area was discreetly integrated into the complex. 


Corsignano Hotel – Pienza

Beautiful, functional and, above all, ecological. This is our comfortable 4-star hotel, set in the frame of Tuscany’s most beautiful and unspoilt area, reaching from Pienza to the Orcia-Valley, passing along the colorful roads you have always dreamed of.

Tour beginning: Siena at 4.00pm of day 1. You can comfortably check-in at your hotel starting at 2pm. Very convenient if you are travelling from other cities like Florence or Rome.
Tour end: 10am of day 8 by the train station of Chiusi-Chianciano Terme on the main railway to Florence (North) and Rome (South)

Day 1 – Meeting in Siena and visit of Siena (Night at hotel in Siena)
We will meet the group at hotel’s lobby at 4.00pm. After a brief introduction about the tour we join an art guide to explore the city jewels (Piazza del Campo, streets and alleys and last but not least the museum of one of the districts of the Palio horse race).
After the tour we will enjoy a pleasant restaurant called Babazuf. The restaurant is family owned: Tiziana, Marco and Giovanni (the chef) will host us with an interesting combination of traditional and modern Italian cooking style.

Day 2 – Chianti walk, winery experience. Cooking class in the evening (Night at hotel in Siena)
Today we set off to Chianti, one of the most well known area for wines. The walk will take us through olive groves and vineyards. We then stop at a boutique family run winery where you will meet Dario Castagno, NYTimes Bestselling author. Dario will guide you through the grounds and cellars of Fattoria Tregole, an organic farm perched in the heart of the Chianti Classico region already mentioned in a document date as far back as 1003 (!) While introducing you with fervor to all the products produced on its premises, at the same time he shall entertain you with plenty of fitting historical information and accounts regarding the home of the Chianti Classico. A that will explain to us how they make their wine so special. Lunch will follow at the nice restaurant owned by the Fattoria.
A short transfer back to Siena.
After a good rest we will enjoy a complete cooking class at Dante Alighieri cooking school.

Day 3 – San Gimignano walk – Opera Singing show in the evening (Night at hotel in Siena)
Today we will explore the area of San Gimignano. The transfer from the hotel takes about 45 minutes. The town still has 14 high medieval towers.
The 7 miles walk in the countryside, with some elevation gain, goes through olive groves and vineyards of Vernaccia di Sangimginano, the most famous white wine in Tuscany.
We will finish our morning walk at a vegetable garden farmhouse run by the Ganozzi family. They will serve us lunch based only on their production. It will be so delightful to sneak-in into their grounds and see which vegetables they are producing.
We then drive back to the hotel.
Dinner tonight is on your own.
At 8.45pm we will meet again to join the opera singing show with soprano and piano accompaniment. The artists will perform Italian opera singing arias.

Day 4 – Montalcino and Brunello Casato Prime Donne winery experience (Night at hotel in Montalcino) 
It’s transfer day! We drive for 40 minutes to Montalcino. We will spend the next two nights in this medieval town. After a short visit of Montalcino we venture on a beautiful panoramic 5 miles walk to the winery Casato Prime Donne. This winery is run only by women. These brave ladies will host us for a winery visit and for lunch too. After lunch you will be driven back to Montalcino, for a quick introduction on this beautiful town.
After some rest we reconvene and we drive for 10 minutes to the restaurant owned by Imma. The chef will delight you with fresh food served in a very cozy restaurant.

Day 5 – Montalcino and Brunello Il Cocco winery experience (Night at hotel in Montalcino)
This morning we start directly from the hotel. The path takes you through thick natural forest and panoramic views over the Monte Amiata (an extinct volcano). After 6 miles of walk we will reach the “Il Cocco”, farm run by 3 young brothers (Giacomo, Stefano e Ettore). Giacomo, the elder brother, will capture our attention with his deep knowledge about wine making. It will be so nice to walk through his vineyard with a glass of Brunello. Lunch at the farm small restaurant will follow. After lunch we will continue the walk for 3 more miles with the goal of Sant’Antimo church, founded by Benedictine monks. We then drive back to our hotel in Montalcino. Tonight dinner is on your own in Montalcino with many choices.

Day 6 – Bagno Vignoni and San Quirico. Visit of an olive oil mill  (Night at hotel in Pienza)
A 30 minutes transfer will take us today to Bagno Vignoni; we get off here. Luggage will continue to Pienza Hotel. We visit Bagno Vignoni. Then we start our walk from here and after 4 miles we will reach San Quirico d’Orcia, a hidden and less frequented town. The family Simonelli owns an olive mill from generations. We will visit the mill with Laura, learn about the olive oil making and taste the olive oil. We then walk to the restaurant Osenna. The chef makes hand-made pici pasta. You don’t want to miss this pasta with fresh truffles. After lunch we explore San Quirico and it’s beautiful gardens. A short drive back to Pienza will take us back to the hotel. Dinner tonight is at the hotel’s restaurant.

Day 7 – Monticchiello and cheese making farm  (Night at hotel in Pienza)
After a generous breakfast we start our walk directly from the hotel. We pass through wheat fields. After a couple of hours walking we will reach Il Casale cheese farm, nearby Monticchiello. 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 sheep cheese (of course!) and local wine will follow. You can decide to be driven back to the hotel or join your guide on walk back to the hotel.
Tonight the farewell dinner is at a posh international/Tuscany style restaurant. 

Day 8 – Departure day
At 9.00am a drive of 45 minutes will take you to the train station of Chiusi-Chianciano Terme. This train station is conveniently located on the main railway and in about two hours by train you will arrive to Florence (North) or Rome (South).

Walk about Tuscany (Monica, South Africa)
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

The Only Way to Experience the Hilltop Towns of Tuscany! (Joe and Mila, USA)
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.

Under the Tuscan Sun (and a big black cloud but only once (Linda M., Canada)
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

The Best Way to See Italy (Paula M., Oregon, USA)
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!

The unforgetable Tuscany (Paul L., Jakarta, Indonesia)
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.

Simply the Best! (Susan, Oakville, Canada)
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!

Group Tour of Tuscany Hill Towns with Walk About Tuscany Tours (Anne from Evanston, Illinois, USA)
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.

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