"The Creator made Italy from designs by Michelangelo"

Hiking Val d'Orcia and around / 1 week

Pre-arrival
Florence 3 nights, including a guided tour of town

Post-Departure

3 nights lazy sea resort life, hotel right by the sea, half board included

Combine with: Umbria or Maremma

7 nights accommodation, all meals, local guide every day, tour leader, all visits and entrance fees.

  • Walk this UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy unforgettable views of this corner of Paradise

  • Explore Siena, Montalcino e Montepulciano

  • Pecorino cheese tasting lunch

  • Enjoy a wine tasting

  • One of the world's finest mushroom soups

  • Hike Mt. Amiata

Tour Description

Spend a holiday in this typical Italian picture -postcard landscape with rolling hills, cypress trees along the roads, vineyards and olive groves. 

This is the quintessential Tuscan landscape. 

Manmade, once dry and barren, it has been transformed into one of the most productive and beautiful regions in the world, dotted with fine art and architecture, small villages, villas and castles, separated by a patchwork of open fields, pastures and vineyards.

 Through the year, the landscape changes its colours but is always a delight to watch. 

History here has been handed down over the generations until today, it attracted the great Renaissance architects, the Grand Tour travellers. Everything is dominated by Mt. Amiata, a former volcano with incredible flora and fauna. 

The Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome, crosses this stretch of land and contributed to the economic development of the area through the centuries. Here, foreigners are always welcome and will always be.

Detailed itinerary

DAY 1 - Arrival Day

Arrive at Rome airport and transfer to your hotel. Some time for an afternoon stroll, welcome meeting and drink, getting to know your guides.

DAY 2 - Abbey of S. Antimo ring walk

Morning walk around the famous abbey of S. Antimo. A last immersion into the so typical rolling hills, a last glimpse onto the local vineyards and olive groves. A walk in open nature ending at the abbey, lunch in local osteria and a visit of a local pecorino cheese maker for a farewell visit.

DAY 3 - Montalcino ring walk

Montalcino is home of the famous Brunello wine.

A tiny village with world fame. After a tour through the village, walk the famous vineyards and have a stop at a renowned winery for sampling the Brunello di Montalcino. 

Walk back to Montalcino on a different route and enjoy some free time there.

DAY 4 - Bagno vignoni ring walk

Discover the landscape around Bagno Vignoni. Up and down the hills, through open farmland and Mediterranean flora, find your way back to Bagno Vignoni and dip your feet into the thermal spring water that come out of the ground here and have been used since ancient times to cure people.

DAY 5 - Via Francigena – Buonconvento

Make a stage of the Via Francigena, the ancient old pilgrim route that led from Canterbury to Rome. Get a feel of how it must have been back then, walking on foot the whole way from England to Rome. You’ll be crossing a fine land, will enjoy beautiful views and get a feel of real Tuscany.

DAY 6 - Monte Amiata

The ultimate walk in southern Tuscany on its only real mountain, through thick forests, along natural water springs all the way up the summit for a well-earned lunch and the most incredible mushroom soup. In the afternoon visit the ancient town of Abbadia di San Salvatore before getting back to the hotel.

DAY 7 - Montichiello - Montepulciano​

Walk off the hotel to Monticchiello for a pecorino cheese tasting lunch. Get introduced to the typical landscape you’ll encounter this week. Rolling hills, stunning views. Continue to Montepulciano for a visit of this splendid Renaissance town and a enjoy a wine tasting with the local Nobile di Montepulciano.

DAY 8 - Departure

Transfer to Florence/Rome airport for departure.