Mount Amiata walk
To visit Mount Amiata is to discover some of Tuscany's minor masterpieces: pristine forests, breath-taking views; Medici thermal baths; awesome fortresses; botanical gardens; and a magnificent 8th century abbey.
Completely covered in oak, chestnut, beech and pine forests, Mount Amiata is one of central Italy's great natural resources. Rising nearly two thousand metres above the surrounding valleys to the east and the coastal plains of the Maremma to the west, its benign blue form serves as a backdrop for much of southern Tuscany.
Amiata was believed to have been sacred by the Etruscans and the Romans, as well as the later Lombard invaders, who founded the magnificent abbey of San Salvadore near its peak in the 8th century.
The small settlements that grew around the castles ringing the mountain to protect the abbey today have become picturesque villages, while the paths that linked them (recently revitalised as clearly marked walking tracks that criss-cross the forests) provide you with a unique opportunity to explore one of Tuscany's hidden treasures. You'll be picked up at the beginning and dropped off at the end at the Chiusi railway station (on the Rome/Florence line).
This is a Grade 3 walk (click here for details). Several of the walks are quite long, from 8 to 15 kilometres, and a couple (on Days 2 and 3) with sustained but not dramatic climbs. The paths are mostly over good unsealed country roads with regular markers. There are however some sections that follow smaller trails through forests and relatively uninhabited stretches, so you'll need to have a good sense of orientation and walking experience.
The self-guided itineraries are rewalked and the notes updated each year.
Hidden Italy uses the best accommodation available. On the Tuscany 2 walk this includes two 4-star hotels, two three-star hotels, two family-run pensione and a private apartment. All the accommodation is comfortable, welcoming and has private en suite bathrooms.
Being covered in pristine forests, Mt Amiata is particularly famous for its mountain cuisine: mushrooms, hams, truffles and game. Generous breakfasts are included each day. With notice, the hotels will be able to prepare a cut lunch for the walk. Dinners are three course meals alla carte (ie free choice) in some of the best restaurants in the area.
Guided tours of Siena and Florence
My friend and colleague Anna, the Hidden Italy operations manager, is a fully qualified guide for both Siena and Florence and is now available for private tours to these two extraordinary cities. If you would like to book a tour, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for a profile of Anna.
"But most of all Anna is marvelous - such an excellent guide and companion. She brings the history to life and she is a lovely, lovely woman." Melissa and Bob C (Florence and Siena).
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This 8 day walking tour can be personalised to meet your interests and travel dates.
- Seven nights accommodation
- all breakfasts and dinners
- reading lists and historical and cultural notes
- maps and detailed walking instructions
- daily transfers of baggage between hotels
- pick-up and drop-off from Chuisi railway station (on the Rome/Florence line)
- 24 hour backup from local manager
$2340 with dinners included (there isn't a b&b option with this walk)
Single supplement: $550
5% discount when 4 people or more book and deposit together.
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