Discoveries under the Etruscan sun

Self-Guided Hiking in Tuscany's Maremma

7 nights — from USD1390

Enjoy a self-guided hike through the Maremma region of Tuscany — the land of the ancient Etruscans — where you’ll explore hilltowns gems such as Sorano, Sovana and Pitigliano. You start off in Orvieto, home to a magnificent cathedral, and finish near the tumbling hot springs of Saturnia. You can also opt to do just a portion of the walk. Either way, we provide you with all the tools you need to help you put your spirit of adventure into action.

Itinerary Outline

Here is an outline of a suggested daily itinerary. You can shorten or lengthen this tour to fit your travel dates. For further information, please request a detailed itinerary.

  • Day one: You start in Orvieto, which you can easily reach by train from Rome or Florence. After checking-in at your hotel, you are free to explore this fascinating city set upon sandstone bluffs. You can visit the underground excavations among Etruscan tombs and the 12th Century cathedral, or walk through the winding medieval streets.
  • Day two: A morning transfer brings you to Borgo San Valentino, from where you start your walk to Sorano. Along the way, you pass through two “vie cave” — trails carved from the sandstone, built and used by the Etruscans. (Walk distance: 5 miles/8 km – climb total: 600 ft/200 m)
  • Day three: Your walk today takes you from Sorano to San Quirico where you’ll enjoy a hotel with a pool fed by the thermal waters. Your trail, which takes you along the River Lente, allows you to explore an Etruscan necropolis with over 200 grottoes. (Walk distance: 7 miles/11 km – climb total: 450 ft/150 m)
  • Day four: After a transfer to Pitigliano, you take a ring walk in the surrounding countryside, which passes through two more “vie cave” and offers stupendous panoramas of the town and the charming landscapes within which it is set. (Walk distance: 5 miles/8 km – climb total: 700 ft/250 m)
  • Day five: From Pitigliano, you proceed to Sovana along the ever present River Lente. Along the way, you discover the road of San Giuseppe, the ancient Etruscan road to Sovana. (Walk distance: 6 miles/10 km – climb total: 800 ft/250 m)
  • Day six: You enjoy a walk through the countryside surrounding the town of Sovana. Come in May and you’ll see fields full of red poppies, or in July with sunflowers. (Walk distance: 7 miles/11 km – climb total: 600 ft/200 m)
  • Day seven: Your last day of walking begins with a transfer to Saturnia, famous for its nearby thermal waterfalls and natural pools. Be sure to bring along a swimsuit if a dip sounds good! (Walk distance: 5 miles/8 km – climb total: 1200 feet/400 m)
  • Day eight: We help you on your way to your next destination with a transfer to Grosseto, from which an easy train ride brings you to Rome, Pisa or Florence.
 

What’s Included

We suggest the following inclusions based on the proposed itinerary (above) and prices (below). Keep in mind that you can modify these as per your own preferences.

  • 7 nights accommodation with en-suite facilities
  • 5 days of walking
  • breakfast each day
  • detailed maps and route descriptions
  • a descriptive guide of the various sites to see
  • a smartphone for emergencies, equipped with GPS and walk coordinates
  • a Tour Rep to oversee your tour and move your luggage each day
  • travel guidance for pre/post-tour activities

(Not included are airfare, wine and other beverages with alcohol, personal purchases such as laundry, phone calls, frigobar items etc., and anything not specifically included above.)

Pricing

We price this tour for the following categories of accommodation. We also tier-price based on your group’s size. You can keep your tour private to your own group or you can open your tour for other travelers to join, thereby taking advantage of our tier discounts. Single Supplements (sing. supp.) are charged on single occupancy rooms only. All prices are quoted per person in USD.

accomm. level 2+ p sing. supp.
comfort 1390 390
comfort/select 1690 490
comfort/first class 1990 690
comfort/deluxe 2390 990

You can schedule this tour to start on any day of the week, all year long. As with all our tours, you tell us the dates you would like to start your tour, allowing you the maximum in flexibility and convenience (full explanation).

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