A self-guided hike through the countryside and Renaissance hilltop towns of southern Tuscany will enable travellers to experience the romantic landscape, historic sites, local cuisine and fine Tuscan wines that the central Italian region is famous for.
Featuring visits to the abbeys of Monte Oliveti and Sant’ Antimo, the ancient thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni, the historic town centre of Siena and hiking through some of the region’s famous wine areas, the seven-night itinerary takes walkers from Siena to the medieval hilltop town of Montepulciano. Offered by European walking tour company, On Foot Holidays, the package is available from April through to November, with April, May, June, September and October recommended as the best months to make the trek.
The self-guided Southern Tuscany walk features breathtaking views of rolling hills dotted with hilltop villages as well as a focus on local cuisine, with the Pieve a Salti restaurant – where travellers will stay on their second night – famous for sourcing its food from the onsite organic farm. Each night, walkers stay in small, family-run B&Bs or hotels where they meet up with their luggage each day, leaving just a day pack to carry on the track.
Daily breakfasts, one evening meal, one picnic, luggage transfers and seven nights’ accommodation are included in the package, with options to upgrade or stay additional nights available for those who wish to take the walk at a more leisurely pace.
The walk is classified as medium, with 3.5 to six hours spent hiking each day, including some short steep ascents and descents.
Based in the UK and specialising in the ‘art of slow travel’, On Foot Holidays offers walkers around the world 24 self-guided tours across unspoilt areas of Europe for independent travellers who prefer intimate encounters with destinations. Walkers can select their own departure dates and all routes are designed by locals and tested by staff from On Foot Holidays.