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What’s included

  • An experienced English-speaking Italian leader
  • Single timed group transfers to/from Pisa airport at the start and end of the holiday
  • A good 3 star hotel in Florence on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Agrotourism accommodation for 3 nights
  • A simple hotel in the historic heart of Siena
  • All excursions and applicable entry fees as described in the itinerary
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive only)
  • The option to attend one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdom's micro fleece
  • Seven breakfasts, six picnic lunches and four dinners.

Tuscan Trails

Walking & Trekking

Italy | Walking & Trekking

New for 2017
Tuscan Trails
Gentle / Moderate

Gentle: Suitable for people who enjoy easy-paced walks or exploring the countryside on foot.

Moderate: Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

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Grade: Gentle / Moderate ? Gentle / Moderate
Duration:  8 days from the UK  
Walks on: 5 days

Flight inclusive from £1,475,
Land only from £1,245

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Take a leisurely walk through the heart of Tuscany with plenty of time en route to sample the cultural and gastronomic delights of this much loved region.

Highlights

  • Walk through the beautiful, rolling landscapes of Chianti dotted with medieval villages and vineyards
  • Stay in traditional agrotourism properties and experience the warmest of welcomes
  • Enjoy some of the region’s culinary delights and try a glass of or two of the local Chianti wine
  • Wander the streets of medieval Siena and end your holiday in romantic Florence

Reviews          

For me this was a great trip, it provided wonderful walking with delightful food and breathtaking panoramic views. A fantastic day's walking accompanied by a nice hearty meal and glass of wine at the end of day was a real treat.
H Gray, Mountain Kingdoms

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The gentle hills and valleys of Chianti provide a landscape ripe for exploring on foot. Starting out from charming Greve in Chianti, the first three days are spent walking quiet paths along forest ridges and through the picturesque villages, rolling fields, vineyards and silver olive groves that characterise the Tuscan landscape. A highlight is the ascent of Monte San Michele, 893m, the highest peak in Chianti with magnificent vistas as we approach the summit. We stay in two peaceful hillside properties each offering panoramic views, a swimming pool and a very warm welcome.

The medieval city of Siena beckons, and here we spend two nights based in the vibrant historic centre. There is plenty of time to wander the labyrinth of narrow streets and soak up the atmosphere in the beautiful Piazzo del Campo. Heading out from Siena we take a delightful circular walk through the picture-postcard countryside beneath the famous towers of San Gimignano.

Our holiday in Tuscany concludes with a walk in the hills above Florence before descending into the ancient streets of the great city itself.


At a glance

Grade: Gentle / Moderate
Gentle / Moderate

Duration:  8 days from the UK  
Walks on: 5 days

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Pisa

Accommodation types: Hotels, Guest Houses

Meal arrangements: Breakfast is included on each day of the trip. Picnic lunches will be provided on days 2 to 7 and dinners on days 1 to 4.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1
Arrive Pisa Airport. Transfer to Greve-in-Chianti.
2
Walk from Greve-in-Chianti to Le Cetinelle via Caselle and Rugliana.
3
Ascend Monte san Michele and walk to Radda-in-Chianti.
4
Circular walk from Radda-in-Chianti via Vertine and Gaiole.
5
Transfer to Siena. Morning walking tour of Siena and afternoon at leisure.
6
Transfer to Toraccia and walk to San Gimignano.
7
Walk from Fiesole to Settignano. Afternoon walking tour of Florence.
8
At leisure. Transfer to Pisa for return flight home.
Leader: Local leader, Tuscany
Local leader, Tuscany

Our Tuscan Trails holiday is led by professional Italian guides who speak excellent English and know the area well.

Guides for this trip include Lorenzo who has been guiding walking tours since 1999. Lorenzo is passionate about the amazing natural landscapes, nature and art of Tuscany, and very much enjoys showing people from all over the world his native area.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Pisa

    After arriving in Pisa you will be taken on a single group transfer to Greve-in-Chianti. Please contact the office for more information on the group transfer time if you are planning to book your own flights.

    The Chianti region, in which Greve is located, is placed between Florence and Siena although the borders are not clearly defined. At the centre of Greve is the Piazza Matteotti, the town square. Although more triangular in shape, the area offers a tranquil yet busy scene, with shops lining the sides of the piazza selling an array of different products and delightful foods. You may also get a chance to catch the local market which takes place every Saturday.

    The rest of the day will be spent at leisure until your evening meal, with the chance to meet your guide and get to know the rest of the group.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Casa Al Sole Or Similar, Greve-In-Chianti
  2. Day 2 - Walk from Greve-in-Chianti to Le Cetinelle, 4 hours walk

    Today, after a hearty breakfast, you will start your first walk heading out from Greve to the Monte San Michele area. The walk will take you along a beautiful forested ridge, passing through the small, quaint hamlets of Caselle and Ruglianna. Continuing through the undulating hills and vineyards you will reach your accommodation for the night.

    Tonight's stay will be at the Cetinelle, a traditional farmhouse that is an agritourism property. The meals provided here are all sourced from the surrounding area and the farmhouse also produces its own organic wine which is readily available whilst you sit back and relax and enjoy the impressive, panoramic views.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Le Cetinelle Or Similar, Chianti Hills
  3. Day 3 - Walk to Radda-in-Chianti, 6 hours walk

    After a good night's sleep, you will start your walk today by climbing up along winding tracks to the reach the summit of Monte San Michelle, the highest point in the Chianti region at 892m. Along the way you will enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding Chianti countryside. Towards the summit you pass a small Romanesque church and, after a brief moment's rest, continue back down a wide track, through forested areas, to Volpaia.

    Volpaia is a quintessential medieval hamlet. Perched above the olive groves and vineyards below, this quiet village offers an insight in to its historic past. There may, if the group wishes, also be a chance to do some local wine tasting.

    As you continue to descend the trail will be lined with cypresses, vineyards and olive groves, all of which are south facing. The path will lead you to a wonderful viewpoint with sweeping vistas of the surrounding countryside - it's a perfect time to stop for a photo before carrying on with your walk. You next make a small detour to the abbey of Santa Maria Novella. Built in the 12th century the abbey has since been renovated but is home to Romanesque art and architecture. From the abbey you will continue on to Radda-in-Chianti.

    Radda, located on the top of a hill and surrounded by woodland for defensive reasons, was built and inhabited from the 9th century. The medieval town is enclosed by huge defensive walls which have been partially preserved and are one of its main attractions. As with many other towns in the area, Radda has a central square and church - the Palazzo Pretorio and church of San Niccolo - which is surrounded by winding streets and stone facades.

    After time spent exploring Radda, you will return to your hotel where you will be able to unwind and relax before dinner. Dinner tonight is at the nearby Levigne, a short drive away. Here once again you will be met with a warm welcome from your hosts and enjoy a wholesome meal to end the day.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Le Noci Or Similar
  4. Day 4 - Circular walk from Radda-in-Chianti via Vertine and Gaiole. 4 hours walk

    Today you will enjoy another beautiful hike in the Chianti hills walking along tracks and trails and passing through small villages. You will also discover the impressive Villa Vistarenni, a 17th century villa with an estate extending out towards Radda and Gaiole. The beautiful house is still lived in today and can be seen from afar as you ascend towards it.

    The walk will continue past the estate's olive groves and vineyards to reach the small town of Gaiole. You will then walk back up to the small hamlet of Vertine. Here you will stop for a picnic lunch just outside the gates of Vertine, from where there are delightful views to enjoy whilst eating your lunch.

    After lunch you will return back to your accommodation on the outskirts of Radda.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Le Noci Or Similar
  5. Day 5 - Transfer to Siena. Morning walking tour of Siena, afternoon at leisure.

    This morning you will transfer to Siena where you will have a walking tour of the city. At the heart of this World Heritage site is its central piazza - Il Campo. The piazza is a real sight to behold and is home to the famous Palio, an exciting horse race that occurs in the summer months of July and August and brings hundreds of local people and tourists to the city to watch the colourful spectacle. The piazza also hosts markets, political events and celebrations and is a hive of activity. You will visit the home of Saint Catherine, a doctor of the Catholic Church and a Patroness of Italy and you will also stroll through the contradas of Siena. Each of these wards or districts of Siena has its own church and history, the most famous contradas are those who have riders who compete in the Palio.

    The rest of the day will be spent at leisure and will give you time to wander the historical streets and alleyways of this fantastic city with its many aesthetic delights. Alternatively, you may just wish to sit and relax in the centre and watch the world go by.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Albergo Cannon D'oro Or Similar, Siena
  6. Day 6 - Walk from Torracia to San Gimignano via San Donato, 4-5 hours walk

    It ia a short drive to Torraccia, the start of today's walk, which will be followed by a relaxing stroll around the beautifully preserved medieval hill town of San Gimignano which dates back to Etruscan times.

    Setting out from the hamlet of Torraccia, you walk towards the Castelvecchio nature reserve. Along the way you will be provided with stunning views of iconic San Gimignano. You will then reach San Donato where after a short stretch of road you will pass through wooded areas with patches of juniper paving the way until you reach the settlement of Castelvecchio - a desolate, crumbling tower with a small number of houses and the remains of a Romanesque church. The area dates back to the early 12th century but has been uninhabited for hundreds of years. In recent years the area has been preserved and reconstructed by local volunteers.

    From Castelvecchio you will return to San Donato before ascending to San Gimignano.

    This beautifully preserved rural town boasts marvellous views and your guide will be able to show you the best spot to enjoy them from the walls of the town. The distinctive skyline, with its 14 medieval towers (originally 72) reaching towards the sky, creates an unmistakable sight. The towers, once a way of displaying wealth, remain as an example of a past life and bear witness to the town's history as you walk along the streets. Once your guide has given you a quick tour of the town, you will have the rest of the afternoon to explore at leisure. You may wish to do a bit of shopping in the many artisan shops, keeping an eye out for the hand-crafted olive wood utensils which make lovely souvenirsw. And, any visit to San Gimignano would not be complete without a visit to the 'world famous' Gelataria Dondoli famed for its wonderful ice cream creations.

    You will then be transferred back to your hotel for your last night in Siena

    Please note: The castlevecchio ruins are sometimes closed for renovation. If this is the case you will continue from San Donato to Sangimgnano.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Albergo Cannon D'oro Or Similar, Siena
  7. Day 7 - Transfer to Fiesole and walk to Settignano. Afternoon walking tour of Florence.

    This morning you will drive from Siena to Fiesole; it is from here you will start today's walk. The town has several historic sites, including remains of Roman baths. Depending on the day there also may be the local market.

    Your first stop will take you to a view point over Florence and on a clear day the views are sublime. You will then retrace your steps back into Fiesole and continue your walk. Along the way you'll pass Cava Braschi, one of many quarries in the area. Disused at present, the quarry was originally used to excavate Pietra Serena, a grey sandstone that was used extensively throughout Florence. Continuing on you will pass Cava Sarti where you will see several stone masons' tool houses on the outskirts of the quarry. You will then make your way towards the hills where Leonardo Da Vinci first practised the art of flight - unfortunately with many unsuccessful attempts. Finally you arrive in Settignano from where it is a short bus ride down into Florence.

    Your guide will lead a wlaking tour of some of Florence's main attractions after which you will be free to immerse yourself in the history and culture of this great city. You may wish to visit the Piazza del Duomo towering above the skyline, or wander towards the Ponte Vecchio spanning across the River Arnison and then head to the Piazza del Michelangelo for another spectacular view point out over Florence. Florence offers many wonderful places to eat, traditional shops to peruse and outstanding architecture.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Le Fortezza Or Similar, Florence
  8. Day 8 - Morning at leisure in Florence. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Today there is a single group transfer to Pisa airport for your flight home to the UK.

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Sat 26 Aug - Sat 2 Sep 2017Available£1275 Book£1570 Book
Sat 14 Oct - Sat 21 Oct 2017Available£1245 Book£1475 Book

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What’s included

  • An experienced English-speaking Italian leader
  • Single timed group transfers to/from Pisa airport at the start and end of the holiday
  • A good 3 star hotel in Florence on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Agrotourism accommodation for 3 nights
  • A simple hotel in the historic heart of Siena
  • All excursions and applicable entry fees as described in the itinerary
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive only)
  • The option to attend one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdom's micro fleece
  • Seven breakfasts, six picnic lunches and four dinners.

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips
  • Drinks other than tap water


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Reviews

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Overall score:           (Based on 1 reviews)

Tuscan Trails          

For me this was a great trip, it provided wonderful walking with delightful food and breathtaking panoramic views. A fantastic day's walking accompanied by a nice hearty meal and glass of wine at the end of day was a real treat.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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