From Tuscany to Umbria
Following beautiful trails through rolling farmlands, forests and sleepy country villages steeped history well off the beaten track (you won't see another tourist from day you leave Pitigliano til you arrive in Orvieto at the end) the La Tuscia walk is a Hidden Italy special!
The La Tuscia tour starts with a transfer in a private vehicle from either Florence or Rome Fiumincino airport, taking you to La Tuscia (pronounced Toosha), the Roman name for the wonderful area that starts on the southern border of Tuscany and overlaps with the lakes of northern Lazio and the mountains of the south-west corner of Umbria.
It is dramatically beautiful, set in the volcanic centre of central Italy and is characterised by rolling downs of black soil, deep basalt canyons, mountain ranges and crater lakes. It has been inhabited since prehistoric times, it is one of the cradles of Italian civilisation: six centuries BC it was the heart of the Etruscan Federation and in the Renaissance it was the stronghold of two of the great papal dynasties. La Tuscia retains many of the glories of its rich past. If you are looking for a truly off-the-beaten-track walk, this is the one for you!
The tour starts in the 'three lost villages of Tuscany' and finishes in the spectacular Umbrian town of Orvieto. On the way you follow paths that pass cross the heart of ancient Etruria, following stretches of the Via Francigena, the original stone road that carried pilgrims, merchants and crusader armies from Papal Rome to northern Italy and the rest of Europe.
This is a Grade 3 Walk (click here for details). The walks range from 8 to 18 kms. It starts with shorter walks for the first couple of days, finishing with longer walks at the end up to Orvieto. It mostly follows unsealed country roads through undulating farmlands. There are a couple of rougher sections which follow small but clear trails.
The self-guided itineraries are rewalked and the notes updated each year.
The accommodation is one of the special features of this tour. As usual, Hidden Italy uses the best accommodation available. All the hotels are in historical buildings in the centre of the small villages and towns including a 4-star resort built on Etruscan foundations; a hotel built in a restored Medici fortress; a family-run hotel in the shadow of the Orvieto cathedral and, my favourite, a 3rd generation country hotel in a tiny rural village. All rooms have an en suite bathroom and air conditioning.
Generous breakfasts are included each day (you'll need them for your walks). With notice, the hotels wil be able to prepare a cut lunch for the walk. Dinners are not included in the standard tour, however, if you select the 'Dinners option' (which we recommend) this will include 3 course meals in some of the finest restaurants in the area. The dinner option also means you'll have a guaranteed booking each night.
Support on the walk:
To guide you through this wonderful walk, you will receive: the Hidden Italy roadbook (an eighty-page A5 booklet that includes comprehensive daily walking notes accompanied by detailed maps, updated and revised each year); access to the exclusive Hidden Italy App to complement the roadbook (the App is downloadable to Apple and Android devices and features information about the routes: maps, GPS tracks, altimetric profiles, etc; GPS navigation on all the routes; an alert function if you stray off the track; and an emergency function); twenty-four-hour phone support from our Florence-based Operations Manager.
We require a $500 per person non-refundable deposit to confirm the booking. Should government COVID-19 travel restrictions prevent the tour from operating, the tour will be rescheduled. In the event the new dates are not suitable, you will have the option of a credit note for the amount paid which can be used towards future tours or a full refund, minus the deposit which will be held as credit for future tours. Click here for full T&C’s
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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
$2100 B&B only p/p
$2260 with dinners included p/p
Single supplement - $600
5% discount applies when booking for a group 4 or more
"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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