La Tuscia itinerary
Transfer from either Rome Fiumincino Airport or Florence to Pitigliano, the beginning of the tour, in a private car (approximately a two hour drive). Pitigliano is spectacularly located on basalt cliffs above the Lente River. On the border between Tuscany and the Papal States, the town had considerable strategic importance during the Renaissance and was a haven for outcasts from Rome. It's dominated by a 16th century castle and a Medici aquaduct.
The first leg is a short but extraordinary walk from Pitigliano to a tiny neighboring town, following an Etruscan path carved out of living rock three thousand years ago. You will have time in the afternoon (or the following morning) to walk down to the valleys surrounding the village to explore the well-marked Etruscan sites. (8 kms, 3 hrs)
The next leg of the walk is to another extraordinary neighbouring town, founded at the same time as Pitigliano and with an equally extraordinary location, perched on volcanic cliffs above a river, staying in a hotel situated in the town's medieval fortress. (11 kms, 3 hrs)
After a morning exploring town, the next walk is to a charming farming town following a shaded stream and a route that originally joined landlocked Orvieto with the coast, visiting on the way the ruins of a very interesting abandoned medieval town, swallowed up by forests centuries ago. (11 kms, 2.5 hrs)
Today you walk to Lake Bolsena via a sleepy country town, leaving Tuscany and crossing into Lazio, from the Grand Duchy into the Papal State. The walk finishes on the shores of the lake at a tiny trattoria shaded by willows were you'll be able to have lunch. You will be picked up from here by our driver Luigi and taken around the lake to your accommodation in a 4-star hotel on the lakeshore. (15 kms, 4 hrs).
Walk from Lake Bolsena to the marvellous town of Orvieto following for much of the way the original route of a branch of the medieval Via Francigena. On the way you will pass through forest (past an Etruscan excavation and a rock that was miraculously split to allow a medieval procession carrying a relic of Christ's blood to reach Orvieto) before, picking up a dead straight paved section of original Roman road which will take you into Orvieto. (18 kms, 5 hrs)
Breakfast in your hotel. Orvieto station is on the main Rome/Florence line and you will be able to continue your holiday from there.
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This 7 day walk from Tuscany to Umbria can be personalised to meet your interests and travel dates.
- six nights accommodation
- all breakfasts
- reading lists and historical and cultural notes
- maps and detailed walking instructions
- daily transfers of baggage between hotels
- pick-up from Rome or Florence and transfer to Pitigliano on Day 1
- 24 hour backup from local manager
$1850 b&b or $2050 with dinners included
Single supplement - $650
5% discount when 4 people or more book and deposit together.
"We had a marvellous time and really appreciated how good it actually was to be in "hidden Italy" among the Etruscans and off the beaten path ... It was a beautiful walk at just the right level of difficulty for us and always most interesting."
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