Tuscany is the perfect place to begin if you are thinking about taking a walking holiday in Europe.
This beautiful region of Italy has something to offer everyone. Whether you are a history buff, a nature lover, a food fanatic or have a passion for art, Tuscany is the perfect place to indulge your senses.
In fact, you’ll find walks of every level of difficulty here – terrain ranges from easy grade one strolls to more challenging grade three ascents and descents. Flexible itineraries can help you choose where to explore, how hard to push yourself and give you the option of taking gentle or more intense routes.
Having a number of detailed routes to choose from also allows you to set your own pace – ensuring you arrive at each destination feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Tuscany’s varied landscape and rich history make it an appealing destination for any traveller and there are several options worth considering. You may wish to follow in the footsteps of the mysterious Etruscans who settled near this region in the ninth century AD, taking in the picturesque views over Italy’s largest volcanic lake on your way.
Alternatively, a walking break linking several of Tuscany’s fortified medieval towns is a perfect place to learn more about this area’s unique and colourful history. You’ll spot plenty of castles, fortresses and other structures that have stood the test of time as you make your way through the Italian countryside. Montalcino is home to the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, which is considered to be one of Italy’s best examples of Romanesque monastic architecture.
You may prefer instead to spend more time in the countryside. Here, you can view the spectacular landscapes – including acres of olive groves, vineyards and cyprus trees – that have inspired Italian artists and visitors from around the world for centuries. Here, you’ll also enjoy views of Tuscany’s rugged natural beauty, including volcanoes that have been dormant for centuries.
Of course, Tuscany is also a paradise for food lovers and you will find plenty of local delicacies to sample as you make your way through this welcoming Italian region. Stop for a simple and hearty home-cooked meal of pasta or indulge in a glass of one of the region’s fine wines for a taste of true Tuscany as the locals like it!
As you walk, your bags are transported for you and will be ready when you arrive – this allows you to concentrate on the journey without worrying about your luggage.
Depending on how much time you have to travel through Tuscany on foot, you will want to plan your break accordingly – possibly allowing for a stay in Rome, Florence or Pisa for a relaxing city break at the end of your walking holiday.
You may decide that an extended stop in one of these brilliant Italian cities is the perfect way to cap off your relaxing walking holiday in Tuscany. Florence in particular is known for being one of the finest cities in the world for art lovers to explore – spend some time wandering through the city’s famous museums, where you’ll be able to see some of the finest paintings and sculptures ever produced.
Alternatively, three and four-star accommodation is available in Rome, many of which are within walking distance to some of the city’s most stunning architectural achievements.