Walking Italy’s Rural Heartland
Italy’s rural heartland is best discovered on foot, where after a day spent trekking through the natural beauty of the regions hilltop towns and forests. This is a region celebrated for the uncompromising quality of its wine and local cuisine, where you can take time to explore the area’s historic towns and culinary specialties. In 2004, the Val d’Orcia was inducted into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites for the historic and cultural significance of the landscape.
- 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
|Duration||7 nights/6 days walking|
|Length||57.5 mi (78km)|
|Grade||Easy to Moderate|
|Availability||April - Oct|
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.