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Highlights

  • Extraordinary remnants of an ancient civilization amid rolling Tuscan hills
  • Orvieto, Sovana, Sorano, Pitigliano, Vitozza
  • Hill trails, dirt roads, sunken Vie Cave pathways, old Roman roads
  • Etruscan necropolis, painted tombs, cave dwellings, Jewish settlement

Sunday Overnight: Hotel Sovana

Transfer from Rome by private coach to the village of Sovana approximately a two and a half hour drive. There is time to explore the village on foot before dinner in Sovana.

Monday Overnight: Hotel Sovana

After visiting this pretty medieval village of Sovana, which was an important center way back in the 4th century, a short walk will take us down to the archeological park. This area was claimed by the Etruscans thousands of years ago who cut and chiseled out the tufo rock to create narrow, soaring sacred pathways which give access to burial chambers, necropolises decorated with columns and sculptures of Etruscan divinities, floral motifs and sacred animals. We will spend the morning discovering these sacred pathways with a local guide before enjoying a picnic lunch. After lunch we will walk to a local winery which, in addition to traditional wine producing methods, also experiments with wine making and ageing using wine amphorae made from the ancient Roman building technique of ˜cocciopesto. For those not wishing to visit the winery there will be an excursion to the hot water springs of Saturnia le cascate del mulino waterfalls found in the nearby countryside.

Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Sovana

This morning we will walk from the hotel in the footsteps of the Etruscans along country trails, olive groves and Etruscan passages to Pitigliano, a jewel set on high tufa cliffs sculpted with caves and tower-houses overlooking breathtaking countryside. We can explore the old medieval streets and Jewish quarter of the town where a once important Jewish settlement was given the nickname Little Jerusalem. Pitigliano has a fine production of white wine, though its red is also holds its own as well as kosher wine. Lunch will be in a local restaurant then there will be time to explore the village and the old Jewish ghetto and synagogue which is now a museum. Return to Sovana with time at leisure before dinner.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Sovana

After breakfast we will drive to the nearby village of San Quirico to start our walk through Vitozza, with around two hundred caves, it was one of the largest cave settlements in Italy. Situated in a rocky, isolated position lush with vegetation and springs these caves were inhabited from prehistoric times up until fairly recently. From here we will walk down to the valley of the River Lente where we will pass through woodlands following the river to the medieval town of Sorano, set on a large tufa cliff and dominated by the Orsini Fortress. For those wishing to cycle ebikes will be available with a local guide who will take you on an alternative route meeting with the group at lunchtime. After lunch in a local osteria there will be a guided visit of the underground passageways below the fortress before we transfer back to Sovana. Possible cooking lesson in Sovana this afternoon and also an opportunity to play a friendly game of soccer with the locals sometime during the week.

Thursday Overnight: Hotel Sovana

This morning we will drive to Orvieto where we will have a guided visit of this ancient Etruscan city set on a mass of volcanic tufo rock in a stunning position overlooking the Umbrian countryside. We will visit the 13th century Duomo described as the Golden Lily of Italian Cathedrals by Pope Leo XIII. There will also be time to step underground and visit the Etruscans caverns below the square of the cathedral before walking through the town to the Pozzo di San Patrizio. This 16th century well is an amazing masterpiece of hydraulic engineering. After lunch there will be a short transfer to visit Civit di Bagnoregio for stunning views of the valley, or return to the Sovana for a swim and time at leisure.

Friday Overnight: Hotel Sovana

We drive to San Lorenzo Nuovo where we will take the medieval pilgrim route la via Francigena to Bolsena accompanied throughout the walk by spectacular views of Lake Bolsena, the largest lake of volcanic origin in Europe. After lunch on the lake we will take a private boat trip and there is a chance to take a dip in the lake. Farewell Dinner tonight.

Saturday

Say arrivederci at the Rome Airport or the Orvieto rail station for those traveling on in Italy.
Moderate
The Vie Cave, roads carved deeply into the landscape, are both spectacular and mysterious.
Terrain: Hill trails, dirt roads and the 'Vie Cave', Etruscan pathways cut out of volcanic tufo rock.
4-8 miles walking per day.

TRIP DETAILS

6 nights from
$3,495.00
Per Person
(Single Supplement $0.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $3,495.00

Dates

From Jun 24 to Jun 30 (more dates)
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Arrival: Orvieto
Departure: Orvieto Rail Station or Rome Fiumicino Airport

Activities

Walk Classic
Worden Family June 2018 Map

Hotels - Where we stay

Hotel Sovana

Hotel Sovana

The beauty of a perfectly conserved medieval village, a one-of-a-kind view of the Tuscan hills and the Romanesque Cathedral, the olive groves in the large park¦, this is what frames Sovana Hotel & Resort. Elegant and intimate with both interiors and exteriors decorated to the finest details, and beautifully embellished furniture which ranges from ancient antiquities to a permanent exhibition of modern art. The breakfast hall and large outdoor garden both have view of the ruins of ancient Etruscan Sovana. The Sovana Hotel and Resort is set in a large park and has a pool and a solarium area. The rustic-chic rooms with exposed beams offer flat-screen TVs and mini fridges. Room service and laundry service available.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants