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Picturesque Tuscany Self-guided Walking Tour 8-days Level 1
Florence, medieval villages, wine and Tuscan cuisine.
Culture, enjoyment and unique scenery in sheer perfection: all of this and lots more awaits you during our hiking holiday in Tuscany. Florence, the pulsating heart of Central Italy, welcomes you in a spectacular fashion: magnificent palaces and cathedrals, David by Michelangelo or the paintings of the great masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. Along remote trails you walk through characteristic Tuscan rolling hills of the Chianti-region, via history-charged villages such as Siena and Volterra you proceed further and further towards the Tuscan coast. Along the 'Via Sale' you can already taste the salty sea air on your tongue and once you finally get to dip your tired legs into the turquoise glistening waves of the Tyrrhenian Sea near Cecina Mare, you can be totally sure that you have reached your destination!
You always walk on well-maintained hiking paths and trails. Daily routes mostly lead you along vineyards, forests and through soft rolling landscape. A good basic fitness level is sufficient for walking times of up to 4.5hrs maximum, there is plenty of time to enjoy the cultural highlight of the one of a kind region in peace and quiet
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Arrival in Florence
Walk along the traces of the Medici through gorgeous alleyways and across the bridge Ponte Vecchio to the Piazza della Signoria – the centre and heart of the old part of town.
Florenz – Greve in Chianti 4hrs 11km | +350m -250m
Your first hiking tour warms the cockles of your heart straight away with all that Tuscany has to offer with regards to classical dreamscape: vineyards and forests as well as old stone houses and high rising cypresses avenues line your way – Tuscany picture-perfect. Chianti invites you to explore the 'Laubengänge‘-arcades on the lively Piazza.
Greve in Chianti – Castellina in Chianti 4 hrs 12km | +380m -350m
Along remote forest paths you walk past numerous wine-growing estates towards Panzano, a little Etruscan hamlet worth visiting. Through golden corn fields and via vineyards onwards to Lucarelli, before you take a short bus ride and reach the Medieval Castellina with its historic town wall.
Castellina in Chianti – Siena 4.5hrs 16km | +250m -450m
Along pilgrims‘ tracks the route leads you along the Via Romea only along a segment of it towards the eternal city. Day ending in the charming town of Siena, renowned for the traditional horse race 'Palio'. Explore the numerous fantastically preserved city gates dating back to the Middle Ages as well as red-brick buildings along the semi-circular Piazza del Campo, absolutely amazing.
Siena – San Gimignano 4 hrs 13km | +350m -280m
Today you are off into the 'Valle Col d´Elsa‘. Explore the historic fortress complex and marvel at the Medieval architecture of Colle before you proceed through vineyards and along roaring rivers to the 'Manhattan of Tuscany', San Gimignano this nick name is due to its silhouette reminding us of another famous skyline. Your day is now your own. Take a stroll through the many little alleyways and marvel at the seemingly countless number of towers.
San Gimignano – Volterra 4hrs 11km | +450m -250m
In the Monte Nero nature reserve you discover green forests and the 'Cascate della Strolla', a little waterfall with crystal-clear water. The ancient salt trade route Via del Sale leads you directly to the alabaster-city Volterra on your way you pass ancient Etruscan grave chambers that are well worth a visit. Discover the Medieval belfry rising high above the city the panoramic views over the old part of town will fittingly rewards your efforts.
Volterra – Cecina Mare 3 to 4hrs 10km | +0m -0m
As a finale to your hiking week the Tuscan coast awaits with an extensive hiking tour through the Pineta of Cecina, a giant pine tree grove with numerous entwined paths and tracks. Enjoy your final evening in Tuscany with a glass of Chianti looking out onto the turquoise glistening of the Tyrrhenian Sea, whilst the two islands Elba and La Gorgona quietly sink into the sea at the horizon in the crimson evening sun.
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Tours marked with are special prices.
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