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Explore this enchanting part of Italy with us. Tuscany the Renaissance capital of Italy and Umbria its green heart embody Italy’s most picture-perfect landscape. Feel the influence of the middle ages as you walk through Montepulciano’s medieval gates. Admire a beautiful blend of pink stone and terracotta tiled rooves as we descend into Gubbio. Venture along ancient pilgrimage paths on the Via Francigena and feel the tranquility of a Franciscan hermitage. Admire medieval villages perched on hilltops that are timeless and unchanged, and in tune with both their past and present. See the tomb of St Francis of Assisi and some of the finest frescoes in Italy.
Stroll out into a textured painting: a cypress-lined avenue leading into rolling hills with sunflowers, poppies, olives and vines as far as the eye can see. Ascend to Mount Subasio for 360-degree views of the Umbrian landscape and the Apennine mountains. Walk along grassy meadows where horses roam.
In Tuscany and Umbria, you can be sitting with a cappuccino and looking at once at a medieval church, a stone bell tower and a renaissance palace. Turn a corner and you will be tempted by an appetizing array of fresh bread, vegetables and fruit, cheeses and salamis, truffles and mushrooms. Climb the walls onto Montalcino’s castle battlements and look out onto a patchwork quilted landscape.
Almost every town is a destination, so how do you choose where to go and what to see? Don’t worry, we have selected the very best historic sites and monuments, fine dining, and gastronomic delights for you already. Don’t miss out on this small-group walking tour in Tuscany & Umbria.
DURATION: 10 days
PICK UP: Orvieto station (direct trains from Rome or Florence)
DROP OFF: Spoleto station (direct trains to Rome)
Feel the influence of the Middle Ages, the Church and the Renaissance as you walk through the gates of medieval Montepulciano. Admire a beautiful blend of pink stone and terracotta tiled roofs as you descend into Gubbio.
Venture along ancient pilgrimage paths on the Via Francigena and feel the tranquility of a Franciscan hermitage. See the tomb of St Francis of Assisi among some of the finest frescoes in Italy. Stroll out into a textured painting: a cypress-lined avenue leading onto rolling hills with sun-flowers, olives and vines as far as you can see.
Ascend to Mt Subasio for 360-degree views of the Umbrian landscape and the Apennine Mountains and walk along grassy meadows where horses roam. Sit with a cappuccino in the square of Siena; you will be looking at once at a medieval church, a stone bell-tower and a renaissance palace. Turn a corner and you will and be tempted by an appetising array of fresh bread, vegetables & fruit, cheeses & salamis, truffles and mushrooms. Climb the walls onto the castle battlements of Montalcino and look out onto a patchwork-quilt.
These are just some of the highlights!
This combined walking and hiking tour in Tuscany and Umbria is unforgettable and not to be missed.
If you would like to speak with us to know more about our Tuscany & Umbria Walking Tour and to get help planning your trip, please write us an email. We would be happy to hear from you and help you plan your next adventure!
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Meet at Orvieto station at 14.00 – easy travel, with direct trains from Rome or Florence. Relax and settle in. Visit the Cathedral of Orvieto (UNESCO heritage) whose facade simply takes one’s breath away; inside are wonderful frescoes by Fra Angelico and Luca Signorelli. Introductory talk: History & Culture in Tuscany and Umbria, “Italy’s Green Heart” accompanied by light refreshments.
We enjoy a welcome dinner of organic local fare.
Morning excursion to Civita di Bagnoregio, a small village perched precariously upon eroding rock and reached only by a causeway bridge. We return to Orvieto which sits majestically on top of a volcanic tufa plateau to make our way through the narrow streets and take a tour of Orvieto’s ‘underground city’, created by its ancient inhabitants over about 2500 years of uninterrupted digging. An hour-long tour on a discovery of a millenary, surprising and unexpected “underground citadel”.
Now it is time for you to relax and appreciate the historic town-centre as locals emerge to stroll and enjoy gelato in the early evening. (total walking time 3hrs; distance 8km/5m)
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
We walk through the narrow streets of Montepulciano to its magnificent main square and then down through ancient wine cellars to the Renaissance church of San Biagio. From here we depart through the cypress lined avenue and then along country lanes into the Val d’Orcia (UNESCO) via the walled hamlet of Montichiello for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon we continue to Pienza (UNESCO) to taste the famous Pecorino sheep’s milk cheese and balsamic vinegar.
Free time to relax, shop and admire the fine renaissance architecture.
We walk out of the city gates of Pienza with magnificent extensive views of the Val d’Orcia. By way of trails through scenic farmland made famous in the final scenes of the Gladiator film (1989) and a picnic lunch, we reach the charming hamlet of Bagno Vignoni with its ancient thermal baths adorning the main piazza. Enjoy a relaxing dip in the hot thermal springs. Feeling restored we now take a scenic drive around the base of Monte Amiata (1750m) past three ancient castles that dominate the Orcia river valley. We stop to visit the solitary, Romanesque monastery of Sant’ Antimo built by Charlemagne in 781 before continuing to the finishing point of our day, the walled hill-town of Montalcino which is world-famous for its excellent Brunello wine. After a short stroll through town, we make our way to the battlements of the Rocca castle for a wine tasting.
Situated on the buttress of Monte Sant’Egidio, Cortona dominates a vast plain. Legend says that it was founded by Dardanus. We begin with a visit to the Etruscan tombs and then enjoy a walk among olive groves to a 12th-century hermitage founded by St Francis. This slender group of stone buildings stands in a spectacular setting and is a profoundly spiritual place for all visitors. After a picnic lunch we continue to Cortona and walk through the ancient city gates to explore its medieval streets and monuments including the renowned MAEC Etruscan museum located in a medieval palace. Now enjoy your free time to indulge in a gelato or sit with a cappuccino in an outdoor café.
Gubbio is a medieval gem built of warm pink stone, dating back to the Umbrians who preceded the Etruscans. We explore the medieval town, admire the local ceramics and see the Egubine tablets in the Palazzo dei Consoli. Observe the locals with a cappuccino in the magnificent Piazza Grande. We then ascend by cable car with views of the Roman amphitheater to the church of St. Ubaldo, perched on the edge of the hillside and inside the relic of the saint himself. After a picnic lunch, a walk with stunning views beckons us.
Today let’s drive to the picturesque hamlet of Collepino and stop to visit before heading to the start of our trail. From here we take a nice long uphill trail to the top of Monte Subasio (1250m) for 360 views of Umbria, the Apennines and occasionally the Gran Sasso. We can breathe in the fresh scents of the flower-strewn pastures as we traverse the top. This is just the spot for a relaxing picnic before winding on the downhill to Eremo delle Carcere, the tranquil hermitage and favorite retreat of St. Francis. This is a perfect stop before we visit the charming pink-colored town of Assisi (UNESCO) and make our way to see frescoes by Giotto in the Basilica where Francis is buried.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Walk: 3-5hrs/8-14km/5-9m; +300/-450m
A walk among olive groves and along the Via Francigena pilgrimage route through hamlets untouched by time and ending on the outskirts of Spoleto at the Basilica of San Salvatore (UNESCO), one of Italy’s oldest churches built temple-style using Roman materials.
This is a beautiful and rewarding full day’s walk and there are options during the day for those who may prefer to spend the afternoon in Spoleto visiting its Roman quarter, enjoying the medieval atmosphere and viewing the castle and aqueduct.
Scheduled drop off at 8.00 or 10.00 at Spoleto station – direct trains to Rome – or if you wish to depart later allow 20 mins in a taxi. If you wish, we can help you make other independent departure arrangements such as early taxis to the airport.
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When considering a hotel, we look at more than just the rooms. We look for hotels or bed and breakfasts which are committed to ensuring their guests are well looked after and pay attention to detail, for example offering locally sourced breakfast produce, or a special selection of toiletries, or tea and coffee making facilities in the room. Wherever possible your hotel* will be perfectly positioned for exploring and will have a historical charm or maybe a new and innovative design. We choose the best possible places to stay ensuring that each night you are comfortably settled in a place that is welcoming and full of authentic local charm. We are on a mission to find the ingredients you need to wake up feeling rested and looking forward to each day of your Caspin Journeys tour!
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We recommend you fly in to Rome or Florence (Firenze) Airport.
Pick up for this tour is at Orvieto train station, which has a direct rail connection to Rome or Florence. N.B. You may have to use the airport rail shuttle and then change trains at the main railway station.
Drop off is at Spoleto train station, which has a direct connection to Rome.
If you plan on arriving a few days early it is easy to just hop back on a train to Orvieto from Rome or Florence.
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We believe that where you sleep is an important part of your overall travel experience. So we put a lot of effort into carefully choosing the hotels for each tour.
We always look for attractive, clean and quiet rooms with private bathrooms. But, our priority is also to find the best possible accommodations to make sure that each night you are comfortably settled in a place that is welcoming and full of authentic local charm.
The result is a fabulous selection of delightful hotels, medieval palaces, family-run hotels, country residences, manor houses, historic inns, luxurious alpine hotels – sometimes with a spa, sauna or swimming pool facilities – and all with character, good food and a friendly atmosphere.
You will have to keep coming back to experience them all! Sweet Dreams!
Getting out and about on foot is a wonderful way to slow down the pace, relax and get some healthy exercise.
When we walk we see so much more – grapevines, wildflowers, ancient oaks, wheat fields, avenues of cypresses and pine, time resistant hills and valleys.
As we stroll through historic towns we learn about the culture of the people; as we stand in the splendour of the countryside, beneath the soaring columns of ancient temples, abbey walls and turrets of medieval castles we marvel at man’s ability to conceive of and construct such monuments.
Food is an all important part of each and every one of our journeys. We are foodies, we love to savour the authentic flavours of each destination we visit. And let’s not forget the wine “the drink of the gods” which will accompany every meal, even picnics!
Picture yourself eating Buffalo mozzarella from a farm in Amalfi, tasting a Sicilian cannolo with fresh ricotta cheese, home-made pasta, organic vegetables, fresh fish and so on.
Or why not consider a Gourmet Cooking Holiday in Tuscany, where you will learn directly from the locals?
If all this sounds mouthwatering then look no further, you are in the right place 😉
On our small group tours we use a combination of gourmet restaurants, local trattorias, traditional pubs, tapas bars and farmhouse meals, to give you the best overall experience!
Each adventure combines fantastic hikes and authentic cultural experiences which make for a phenomenal and enriching travel experience. – admire Giotto’s frescoes in Assisi – walk in the Castle gardens of Henry VIII – stand at the tomb of St James in Compostela – gaze at and touch the columns of a Greek temple – visit the birthplace of Napoleon Buonaparte – see how a Duke lives at Blenheim Palace – tread the streets of Pompeii – admire mosaics in a Norman cathedral – understand more about the Roman Empire Travel in the richest artistic heritage in the world, many of which are part of UNESCO. What are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on an unforgettable trip.
Our travel style attracts a similar type of people, outgoing, interesting, adventurous, cultured and curious.
You’ll enjoy the company of your fellow travelers on our small group tours. Italy’s food and wine, England’s local pubs, and Spain’s meditative and spiritual pilgrim route are best experienced amidst the camaraderie of the group.
Guests who join our small group tours become our friends. They return again and again to share new adventures as we explore these unforgettable destinations with like-minded travellers and build ever-lasting memories together.