On the other side of the Val di Chiana , between Cortona and Mercatale, lies the Val di Pierle with its imposing Rocca castle. Built in the 13thC by the dominant Casali family, this is the start of our walk. We begin climbing through oaks and chestnuts, prime places for wild boar & porcini mushrooms. At the top of the hill we are rewarded with impressive views of the two valleys and Cortona in the distance. We descend into the Val di Chiana enjoying views of its vast plain, stopping for lunch at our 17thC Tuscan mill.
Walking – 3.5hrs moderate-strenuous