The walks are along small gravel roads (strade bianche), footpaths and mule tracks on hilly terrain. You will cross several small hamlets and some larger villages.
Start: Florence Finish: Siena
Arrive in Florence and take a moment to breathe in the air of the Renaissance. We suggested arriving early to go for a city walk around the magnificent squares and by the illustrious Arno River. This walk starts and ends in the Piazza della Signoria and takes about 3,5 hours.
Travel uphill on a twenty-five minute local city bus ride to the village of Settignano where the walk begins. On the walk, you have magnificent views of cypress trees, olive groves, Renaissance villas and the whole city of Florence at your feet. Stroll through the charming town of Fiesole and tour its Etruscan ruins, Roman amphitheater and Franciscan monastery.
Challenge: 3/6 hours, 8/16 km, 347/567m ascent, 224/566m descent
After breakfast, take the local bus (with your luggage) or book a private transfer to Greve in Chianti, a rustic market village and the capital of the Chianti wine producing region. Check in to the hotel and head over to Le Cantine di Greve where you can taste over 50 different Chianti wines. Take advantage of the daylight to walk around this gorgeous scenery by choosing between two routes
In the afternoon, make a round walk north of the attractive main square of Greve in Chianti, through a picture perfect landscape. From the main square a round walk starts and takes you through the Chianti Classico area passing by the Villa Calcinaia and numerous vineyards with “aziende agricole” (farms) where the prestigious Chianti wine is produced.
Explore the wonderful surroundings through the forest, among dense wild vegetation, villas, vineyards and olive groves. You will be passing by abandoned old farms, ruins and beautiful villas before reaching the panoramic hamlet of Montefioralle.
Challenge: 2.5/3.5 hours, 11.4/10 km, 425/358m ascent, 447/355m descent
The walk is made up of a loop out of Panzano. You walk through the hills surrounding the village, in the classic Chianti landscape that alternates forests with vineyards, offering you the possibility to discover ancient Roman farmsteads.
Challenge: 4 hours, 11.7 km, 385m ascent, 384m descent
After breakfast, a short car transfer takes you to the highest of the Chianti hills, Monte San Michele. From Badiaccia you descend through a forested valley of century old chestnut trees and continue towards the stunning medieval hamlet of Volpaia, situated amongst vineyards and castles. Stop in for a glass of red at a fine Enoteca, wine shop, and then continue on to Radda in Chianti.
Challenge: 5/3 hours, 14/12 km, 506m ascent, 668m descent
A quiet, relaxing day awaits you. Bask under the Tuscan sun and go for a scenic walk around the old centre of Radda in Chianti. Wind along the narrow alleyways and visit the church of Santa Maria Novella. As you head out of town through the vineyard covered slopes stop to treat yourself to a glass of Chianti Gallo Nero wine at a celebrated local vineyards.
Challenge: 5 hours, 15.8 km, 586m ascent, 586m descent
After breakfast, take the local bus (with your luggage) or with a prearranged private transfer, to the marvelous city of Siena, famous for its biannual “Palio” horse race, held in the most beautiful shell-shaped square in Europe: the Piazza del Campo. Don’t miss a visit to the Duomo, an architectural treasure, and numerous imposing medieval palaces. History comes alive as you meander through the narrow streets of this fantastically preserved jewel of Italy.
Our services end after breakfast, however we highly recommend you to book extra nights in Siena to continue exploring the old centre, exquisite museums, lush galleries and marvelous churches. A visit to the top of the bell tower is also quite a sight.
All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.
Hotel Malaspina is centrally located in Florence a few steps from Piazza Duomo and train station housed in a 19th century building. Rooms are well finished with wooden furniture in classic Tuscan style like the Florentina terra cotta tile floors. They have free Wi-Fi, private bathroom, telephone, TV, mini-bar, air conditioning. Buffet breakfast offers typical Florentine sweet pastries and savory food.
Situated in a great location in Greve in Chianti, this hotel has a slightly dated but comfortable and clean rooms with TV, free Wi-Fi and private bathroom. Some of these have a balcony or terrace. Staff is very kind. Breakfast is good and rich.
This Guesthouse is very informal and simple and at the ground floor there is its restaurant very recommended. Rooms are simple and well-finished with private bathroom. Owners are courteous and welcoming. Breakfast is international and good.
Hotel is centrally located in Siena, near Piazza del Campo and the building dates to the early eighteenth century and is a building originally owned by the noble Bulgarini family. Rooms are simple and clean without air conditioning. Wi-Fi doesn't work very well. Breakfast is normal. Staff courteous and welcoming.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April and October.
Arrival in Florence
From Florence airport (FLR), take the direct local bus to downtown.
From Pisa airport (PSA), you can take either a direct train or bus to Florence.
From Bologna airport (BLQ), take the bus to Bologna central station, then the train to Florence.
Departure from Siena
To return from Siena to Florence, the SITA-TRA.IN bus station is very close to the hotel and a bus leaves every 30 minutes. From Florence, you can reach both Pisa and Bologna by train.
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If you come with your own car, please note that the hotels we use in Florence and Siena do not have a private parking lot of their own, there are several guarded parking areas which cost approximately Euro 20 per day.
GPS tracks are available on request.
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