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Volterra and the Tuscan Maremma

Tuscan Hill Towns and Coastal Plains

This tour is scheduled to run again in 2015, when it will include new days of walking in Elba and Lucca.  Please get in touch for more details if you are interested.

Discover the lands of the ancient Etruscans around the hilltop town of Volterra and visit the fascinating Maremma region in south west Tuscany.  Experience the area's natural beauty and see fabulous spring flowers as we hike through medieval towns and villages and explore exciting local wines, including the famous Bolgheri region.  Delightful accommodation in a hotel with stunning views over the Val di Cecina and in a converted palazzo in the centre of Massa Marittima.

The tour starts and ends in Pisa, Tuscany but many people choose to extend their walking holiday in Italy by visiting Florence, Siena, Parma, Rome or the Cinque Terre.   For more ideas on where to go visit our City Guide page. For more photos of this tour click here.

Cost:
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Single supplement:
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The price represents the true cost of your holiday. No hidden extras.   

What's Included?
  • Experienced and knowledgeable guides who will look after your every need and bring this stunning area to life 7 nights' beautiful accommodation (2 different hotels)
  • All meals including wine.
  • Gourmet picnic lunches each day and snacks en route
  • Dinner in a variety of superb restaurants .
  • Support vehicle , enabling you to walk as little or as much of the trail as you please
  • Transport to/from Pisa in air-conditioned minibus
  • Comprehensive pre-trip information .
  • Luggage transported for you so all you need to carry is a small backpack with water etc.
Itinerary

Day 1
Meet Pisa airport at 1pm. Drive (1.5 hours) to Park Hotel Le Fonti, a delightful hotel just outside the city walls of Volterra with stunning views across the Val di Cecina.   Time to settle in before a welcome drink and dinner at the hotel.

Day 2
Today we walk across the fields to Volterra for a guided visit of the town with its fascinating Etruscan and Medieval history. Explore the many museums before continuing our walk which takes us out into the countryside where we can visit one of the Etruscan tombs hidden in the hills. Dinner this evening in a local restaurant. (12km/7.5miles)

Day 3
A short drive takes us towards the coast where we walk to the pretty village of Bolgheri, now regarded as one of the most exciting wine regions in Tuscany. Enjoy a leisurely lunch in the village before returning to our hotel.  Time to relax in the afternoon. Later in the day we are treated to a private wine tasting of some of the region's fabulous wines at a renowned local enoteca in Volterra. (10km/6miles)

Day 4
A spectacular hike through farms and woodland to emerge at the famous medieval towers of San Gimignano. Time to enjoy a well-earned gelato in the main piazza. We visit the beautiful Collegiate church with its outstanding 14th-century frescoes before returning to Volterra for dinner. (18km/11.4miles)

Day 5
We depart our hotel this morning. Our walk takes us through the beautiful open landscape of the Colline Metallifiere, the "metal-bearing hills" which brough great wealth to the region in ancient times. Hike through vineyards and woods and enjoy views to Massa Marittima and the coast beyond. We stay the next 3 nights at La Fenice, a luxury hotel in the medieval town.

Day 6
Free day to explore the beautiful city of Massa Marittima with its fortress, cathedral and many fascinating museums. Later in the day there is a short optional hike outside the city walls.

Day 7
Our final hike follows the old stock route of the Maremma cowboys through woodland, pasture and hills. We pass remote villages en route to the Cistercian Abbey of San Galgano, whose monks were once the book keepers for the city of Siena, and the adjoining hermitage of Montesiepi. (20.5km)

Day 8
Return to Pisa Airport for 12 o'clock (2.5 hours)

Extra Info

Walking
Shortest day: 10km/6 miles
Longest day: 20.5km/13 miles

There are 5 days of walking on the trip plus one optional walk. We walk on strade bianche (gravel roads), woodland tracks and quiet tarmac roads. This area of Tuscany is relatively hilly, with some significant ups and downs, but not mountainous. The walking is fairly rugged in sections so sturdy walking boots, with good ankle support, are required. Walking poles would be an advantage, especially on steeper sections.

Reading
We have compiled a Reading List for ideas for books to enjoy on your walking tour.

Walking Gear
For helpful hints on what to wear, visit our Kit List page.

Weather

Tuscany in spring has warm days, although heavy rain can be expected at times. The mornings and evenings are cool.

Max 20º-22° Min 10º-15° Rainfall 55mm

Today's weather in Pisa