La Tuscia itinerary

Day 1

You will be picked up in Rome and transferred to Sovana. In antiquity, this tiny village had considerable strategic importance and has a number of very important Etruscan sites.  In the Dark Ages it was the seat of bishop and had a cathedral.  These days it's a sleepy place with a population of barely more than 100 people.  You will stay here for the first two nights.

Day 2

In the morning you will be transferred to nearby Pitigliano, where you'll have time to explore this spectacular town before doing the extraordinary walk that links Pitigliano to Sovana.  The trail follows an Etruscan path carved out of living rock two and a half thousand years ago.  You will have time in the afternoon to walk down to the valleys surrounding Sovana to explore the Etruscan sites. (8 kms, 3 hrs)


Day 3

The next leg of the walk is to another extraordinary neighbouring town, founded at the same time as Pitigliano and with an equally extraordinary location, perched on volcanic cliffs above a river, staying in a hotel situated in the town's medieval fortress.  (11 kms, 3 hrs)

Day 4

After a morning exploring town, the next walk is to a charming farming town following a shaded stream and a route that originally joined landlocked Orvieto with the coast, visiting on the way the ruins of a very interesting abandoned medieval town, swallowed up by forests centuries ago.  (11 kms, 2.5 hrs)

Day 5

Today you walk to Lake Bolsena via a sleepy country town, leaving Tuscany and crossing into Lazio, from the Grand Duchy into the Papal State. The walk finishes on the shores of the lake at a tiny trattoria shaded by willows were you'll be able to have lunch. You will be picked up from here by our driver Luigi and taken around the lake to your accommodation in a 4-star hotel on the lakeshore.  (15 kms, 4 hrs).


Day 6

Walk from Lake Bolsena to the marvellous town of Orvieto following for much of the way the original route of a branch of the medieval Via Francigena. On the way you will pass through forest (past an Etruscan excavation and a rock that was miraculously split to allow a medieval procession carrying a relic of Christ's blood to reach Orvieto) before, picking up a dead straight paved section of original Roman road which will take you into Orvieto.  (18 kms, 5 hrs)

Day 7

Breakfast in your hotel. Orvieto station is on the main Rome/Florence line and you will be able to continue your holiday from there.

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This 7 day walk from Tuscany to Umbria can be personalised to meet your interests and travel dates.

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  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts included
  • Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
  • Maps and detailed walking instructions
  • Hidden Italy App with GPS to complement the roadbook
  • Daily transfers of baggage between hotels
  • Pick-up from Rome and transfer to Pitigliano on Day 1
  • 24 hour backup from local manager

Cost Options

$2900 b&b per person

Single supplement - $800

** Please note a high season surcharge may apply.

Tour costs quoted are in Australian dollars (AUD)




"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."

– Mike B, La Tuscia walk

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