Meet Florence Santa Maria Novella Train station at 11am. Drive (1½ hours) towards the charming town of Anghiari, where we start the tour with a leisurely lunch and an olive oil tasting at an organic farm. We then continue the short distance to Sansepolcro. We stay for the next 2 nights in the heart of the town in the beautifully restored Renaissance palace Palazzo Magi. This evening there is a guided visit to the town’s museum to see the renowned works by Piero della Francesca. After the visit we enjoy a glass of prosecco before dinner in a local restaurant.
After breakfast stroll out of the hotel to experience the local market in the town before a short drive takes us to the evocative Franciscan convent and hermitage at Monte Casale. A beautiful hike follows a low ridge of the Alpi della Luna with views across the Tiber Valley. Picnic in the hills before returning to Sansepolcro. Time to explore the many churches and some of the lesser known sites of the town before dinner in a local restaurant. (6km/4miles)
A short drive takes us across the border into Umbria. We start our walk high above the town of Citta di Castello and hike through open farmland and woods, passing abandoned stone houses and a dramatic fort before arriving at the stunning Abbazia San Faustino, a beautiful small hotel converted from a former abbey. Dinner in the hotel restaurant. (16.5km/10.5miles)
A leisurely walk in the remote farmland near the Abbey of San Faustino leads us to the historic cellars of a local winemaker. We visit their estate and taste their wines over a light lunch. Time to relax and enjoy the pool and the tranquil setting of Abbazia San Faustino in the afternoon. (10km/6miles)
We depart San Faustino and a short drive takes us into the foothills of the Apennines from where we follow trails past hamlets and through woods to arrive at the Basilica of San Ubaldo, perched on a hill above the lovely medieval town of Gubbio. We walk down through the cobbled streets to arrive, on foot, at our delightful four star hotel in the heart of the town overlooking the square. We use this as our base for the final 3 nights of the holiday. Dinner in a local restaurant in Gubbio. (18km/11.3miles) For more information on Gubbio see our Blog.
A short drive takes us out of town for an exclusive guided tour of the thirteenth-century Benedictine abbey of Montelabate, formerly one of the most important abbeys in the region. Our picnic today includes wine, cheese and olive oil from the estate. Later in the day we visit Gubbio's principal museum with the precious Iguvine Tablets from the 3rd century B.C. This part of Umbria has important Etruscan heritage and bordered the lands of the Umbri tribes. Dinner this evening is in the centre of Gubbio.
Our final hike takes us to Monte Cucco National Park, a short distance from Gubbio. Starting from a high alpine meadow at 1132m we climb up through beautiful beech woods to emerge above the tree line at just above 1400m. We circle the summit of Monte Cucco, enjoying spectacular views across the Umbrian hills and to Le Marche towards the coast. We picnic in the alpine meadow before returning, by van, to Gubbio. Free time in the afternoon before our final dinner in a local restaurant. (6.7km/4.2miles)
Return to Florence Santa Maria Novella station for 12pm and we will also drop off at Florence Airport, if required, by 1pm.