Tuscany 2 itinerary
You will be picked up from Chiusi station on the Rome/Florence line and transferred to San Quirico d'Orcia. A staging point on the medieval pilgrim route to Rome and once the seat of the Imperial representative to Papal Rome, the quiet streets of San Quirico are rich with the evidence of the town's important past, including two marvellous Romanesque churches, a number of Renaissance palaces and the beautiful Italianate Leonini gardens.
The first walk follows a gravel country road across a ridge with views across the Orcia River valley, then down to thermal springs that have been used since Etruscan times, its unusual piazza (a vast thermal pool) dominated by a palazzo built by Lorenzo d’Medici. Crossing the river, you then climb up to a village under a ruined Medieval castle. (9 kms, 3.5 hrs)
Following more gravel roads, you continue up through wheat and sunflower fields before joining a medieval pathway that takes you past a Renaissance fortress and an abandoned 12th century monastery and into the first of the mountain villages, hidden in one of the two remaining stands of Amiata beech. (13 kms, 4.15 hours)
Today’s walk is dedicated to the forest, following paths that skirt around the northern side of the mountain, via a 10th century hermitage, to a beautiful hill-top village. Clustered around the remains of an ancient castle, the village’s quiet streets belie a violent past. It is well known for its pecorino cheese and its splendid botanical gardens, just outside the village (16 hectares of terraces dotted with almost 50 contemporary sculptures) that you can visit in the afternoon. (8 kms, 4.15 hrs)
Continuing through the forests, today’s walk takes you through two of the most interesting towns of the mountain, with breath-taking views across the valleys of the Ombrone and Orcia rivers. The first is best known for its sweets and superb bread, while the second was the birth place of Davide Lazzaretti, a 19th century mystic who led a proto-communist uprising on the mountain, coming to a sticky end at the city’s gates in 1877. (15 kms, 5 hrs)
Today’s is an easy 15 km walk that largely follows unsealed country lanes and beaten trails. It offers spectacular views over Mt Amiata, the Maremma to the Tyrrenean Sea. On particularly clear days it is possible to see Elba and even the mountain tops of Corsica (so the locals say!). The first section of the walks takes you out around Mt Labbro, which has a marvellous lookout point, and then back to your hotel. The second section takes you on to a small village on the Fiora River. (15 kms, 4 hrs)
The first part of today’s walk is panoramic, conturing around Mt Amiata before climbing up through the chestnut forests for which the mountain is famous. You finish in the square in front of the 5th century Abbey of San Salvatore. (13 kms, 4 hrs)
Transfer from Abbaddia San Salvadore to Chiusi Railway station (on the Rome/Florence line).
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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
$2100 with dinners included (there isn't a b&b option with this walk)
Single supplement: $650
5% discount when 4 people or more book and deposit together.
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