Walking Italy’s Rural Heartland
- See the beautiful Tuscan landscape up close and on foot, passing vineyards and olive groves of the Brunello wine region (with opportunities en route to sample the Brunello local red)
- Walking through classic Tuscan scenery: gentle, rolling hills, broken by medieval and renaissance villages and hilltop towns
- Stay in the beautiful Renaissance city of Pienza, a designated UNESCO world heritage site, where you can visit captivating palaces, Romanesque churches and Pienza Cathedral
- Visit the historic red brick monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore en route
- The famous medieval city of Siena, the capital of the province of Siena
- Stay in ‘agriturismo’ farmhouses and the historic settings of the area’s medieval towns and villages
Why this walk?
Take a route through one of Tuscany’s six World Heritage Sites, designated for its influence and depiction in many paintings of the Renaissance era. The area is also renowned for its outstanding local produce, with festivals throughout the calendar celebrating some of Tuscany’s most popular culinary exports (such as truffles and Brunello wine). The Val d’Orcia denotes the valley around the river Orcia, a landscape popular among photographers, with vast, open vistas of rolling hills stretching far into the horizon. As you follow this route through the expansive countryside, you’ll find a scenery punctuated by the clusters of Cypress and vineyards on your way to the region’s beautiful Renaissance towns and villages.
Small, welcoming family-run hotels comprise the accommodation on this journey through the Tuscan countryside. This walking holiday also features the popular Italian institution of ‘Agriturismo’ accommodation, with B&Bs in old farmhouses.Across the Val d'Orcia, the introduction of rooms and modifications for housing guests have been designed to reflect the original character of the building and locality. All rooms have en-suite facilities, breakfast included on all days and evening meals included on two nights where there are no suitable alternative dining options readily available.
Our Val d’Orcia Itineraries
Montepulciano to Arbia
Distance: 49 miles (78.5km)
ITA-VDO1 ~ Montepulciano to Arbia ~ 7 / 6 classic
- 7 nights bed and breakfast
- 2 evening meals (nights 5 & 6)
- Luggage transfers and personal transfers to/from the path where necessary during the walking programme.
- Destination Manual and Road Book (route notes) showing directions to your accommodations and two local maps.
- City taxes (per person) only payable direct to accommodations – The prices below indicate the total to pay per person, rather than per night.
- Evening meals (except where stated above)
- Please consider city tax can vary during the year and new taxes can be introduced (Montepulciano 1€, Pienza 0,7€, Bagno Vignoni 0,7€, Montalcino 0,7€, Buonconvento 2€, Siena 2,5€)
- Packed lunches (own arrangements)
- Travel to Montepulciano / from Siena
You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.
Our Val d’Orcia holidays are available to walk April to October.
Visiting in Spring and Autumn is the best policy for avoiding the heat of high summer, which can make progress a lot harder out on the country tracks.
The Val d'Orcia is in proximity to the two major airports of Tuscany, but it can also be reached from two of Rome's airports, in the Lazio region.
Florence “A Vespucci” (FLR) http://www.aeroporto.firenze.it/en/
Pisa (PSA) http://www.pisa-airport.com/en/
Rome Fiumicino (FCO) http://www.adr.it/web/aeroporti-di-roma-en-
You are responsible for booking your air travel to airports and onward travel to your first accommodation and from your accommodation on departure.
From the airports you can take a train, and a connecting bus service to reach Montepulciano. http://www.trenitalia.com
Booking Request - Val d’Orcia
We will check your details and come back to you within two working days with a personalised estimate based on your requirements. We will then formally request a deposit of £150 per person (£100 per person for a single centre break) and book all your arrangements - find out about our full booking process here.
Please note this does not constitute a booking confirmation, we kindly ask you to refrain from booking any travel until we have confirmed all your arrangements.Still Have Questions?
If you are still unsure on any of your requirements, please do enquire with us first and one of our friendly team will be happy to help you with any queries you have.
Enquire About Val d’Orcia
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Please note: exact accommodation booked will depend on availability.