Tuscany and Umbria
If Tuscany is a legend, Umbria is a little-known medieval fable, its green heart beating in the shadow of its more famous neighbor. Our Walk combines the Tuscan hills, vineyards and Renaissance cities with a journey through the bucolic landscapes and enchanting lakes of Umbria.
We traverse a romantic landscape of mountains, rolling hills and deep valleys; walking on white roads that dip between hilltop towns, or shady forest tracks.
We savor private tastings of Chianti and Sagrantino wine, olive oil and honey, explore the glories of Siena, Assisi and Orvieto, discover awe-inspiring frescoes and visit the hill-top treasures of Cortona and Montefalco.
7 days, 6 nights
Walk Rating: Moderate. Steady walking on hills, vineyard trails and forest tracks. 6-8 miles walking per day.
US$4195.00 per person double occupancy
Walk begins in Orvieto, with arrival at Orvieto Rail Station and ends in Siena, with departure from Siena Rail Station.
We meet in Orvieto and take a short walk around this stunning Etruscan city, before driving (75 minutes) to our hotel near Montefalco. In the evening, we meet for our Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.
This morning's walk takes us across gentle hills and through the vineyards where the Sagrantino wine is made. In Montefalco we visit an old olive mill and, after lunch in the ancient walled town of Bevagna, we visit medieval "botteghe" (craftsmen's studio-workshops). We end our day with a wine-tasting before dinner in the hotel.
From the top of Monte Subasio, we walk to glorious Assisi with incredible views of the valley below. After lunch, we have a guided tour of the elegant squares, architectural splendors and the Basilica of St. Francis. We leave enchanting Umbria and travel to the rich lanscape of Tuscany.
Today is spent in and around elegant Cortona. We pass by 'Bramasole', the house made famous by Frances Mayes in 'Under the Tuscan Sun', and spend time exploring this enchanting hilltop town. After lunch, we walk to the hermitage of Celle di San Francesco with stunning views of the valley and the town in the distance. In the evening, we dine in a local restaurant.
We leave Cortona and head for the renowned Chianti Classico region, where we spend the day walking through vineyards where the famous wine is produced. We pass charming old farmhouses and ancient castles to reach our historic hotel, part of an ancient feudal hamlet.
We walk to the renowned Badia a Coltibuono, founded by the monks of Vallombrosa a thousand years ago. We savour the rich history of this Monastery with a private tour of the villa, featuring its 16th century frescos, cloister and ancient wine-aging cellars, and the beautiful gardens. This is followed by an expert-guided tasting of their olive oils before lunch in their restaurant. In the afternoon we walk back to Gaiole with time for a relaxing swim.
After Breakfast, we transfer to Siena for a brief walking visit, before we say 'arrivederci' at the rail-station.
This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.
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Hotel Villa Zuccari - Sunday & Monday
Hotel Villa Zuccari
Localita San Luca, 06036 Montefalco, Italy
The Hotel Villa Zuccari, in the San Luca district of Montefalco, is a large country house. The building's oldest wing dates back to the late 16th century while the facade and the general layout date back to the 1800's. All rooms have king sized beds and are equipped with the latest technologies: Air Conditioning, Internet, Satellite TV, Safe, Hair Dryer etc. There is also a laundry service available and a 24 hour bar. The restaurant offers a completely traditional menu, with seasonal and local ingredients, favouring the regional cuisine and home-made pasta. The villa is surrounded by centuries-old trees and grounds that extend over an area of 40,000 square metres, where guests can enjoy the 20 x 10 metre deck-level overflow swimming pool.
Castello Do Spaltenna - Thursday & Friday
CASTELLO DI SPALTENNA
Loc. Pieve di Spaltenna
Via Di Spaltenna 13
53013 Gaiole in Chianti
Tel: +(39) 0577 749483
Fax: +(39) 0577 749269
Offering wonderful comfort and views over the valley or the cloister, from the grassy terraces in front of the castle, guests can enjoy the calm of the countryside and beauty of the surrounding landscape. The inside of the Castle is comfortable, elegant and sophisticated with 30 rooms and 8 suites, all equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV and mini-bar, hairdryer and en-suite facilities. Guests can also enjoy one of the two swimming pools. Chef Fabrizio Borraccino is inspired by a cuisine linked to the territory to create and match unique dishes which change according to the season and are presented with a professional, attentive and friendly service.
Sauna, Turkish bath and gym, tennis court, billiard and wellness centre, complete the list of possible leisure activities available at Spaltenna.
For horse-riding lovers it is possible to rent horses not far from Spaltenna; trekking and biking lovers will find endless options for routes around the castle. A golf club is also available at one-hour distance.
This hotel list is a provided as an example. We may use different hotels of the same quality and style on specific trips. The Wayfarers will notify confirmed travelers of any changes to the hotels.
Before & After:
- In Siena visit the Etruscan museum and the Libreria Piccolomini to see the Pinturicchio frescoes
- Gubbio and Urbino, historic centers of art and architecture, are worthy of a day's visit and Perugia is a gem.
- Be on the lookout for some beautiful linen (before, during or after the walk) available in this region
- Relax on the shore of Lake Trasimeno and enjoy fish fresh from the lake.
In general the climate in Tuscany and Umbria is very mild Temperate with landlocked Umbria being one or two degrees warmer than the coastal regions. Average temperatures are around 74ºF (23°C) in May and October, and 80ºF (27°C) in September with peak day temperatures sometimes several degrees higher. You are likely to need a jacket or light sweater in the evenings. The coast and valleys are mainly dry and sunny in September but there may be some rain in hilly areas. In May and October rain is a little more widespread. We recommend you bring good quality, light rain protection in all months.
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Our maximum group size is 16, but groups average between 8-12 people.
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