SELF GUIDED WALKING TOUR
Please note this is an independent walking tour, and can depart on any day requested.
The La Tuscia tour starts with a transfer in a private vehicle from either Florence or Rome Fiumincino airport, taking you to La Tuscia (pronounced Toosha), the Roman name for the wonderful area that starts on the southern border of Tuscany and overlaps with the lakes of northern Lazio and the mountains of the south-west corner of Umbria.
It is dramatically beautiful, set in the volcanic centre of central Italy and is characterised by rolling downs of black soil, deep basalt canyons, mountain ranges and crater lakes. It has been inhabited since prehistoric times, it is one of the cradles of Italian civilisation: six centuries BC it was the heart of the Etruscan Federation and in the Renaissance it was the stronghold of two of the great papal dynasties. La Tuscia retains many of the glories of its rich past. If you are looking for a truly off-the-beaten-track walk, this is the one for you!
The tour starts in the ‘three lost villages of Tuscany’ and finishes in the spectacular Umbrian town of Orvieto. On the way you follow paths that pass cross the heart of ancient Etruria, following stretches of the Via Francigena, the original stone road that carried pilgrims, merchants and crusader armies from Papal Rome to northern Italy and the rest of Europe.
This is a Grade 3 Walk. The walks range from 8 to 18 kms. It starts with shorter walks for the first couple of days, finishing with longer walks at the end up to Orvieto. It mostly follows unsealed country roads through undulating farmlands. There are a couple of rougher sections which follow small but clear trails.
The accommodation is one of the special features of this tour. As usual, Hidden Italy uses the best accommodation available. All the hotels are in historical buildings in the centre of the small villages and towns including a 4-star resort built on Etruscan foundations; a hotel built in a restored Medici fortress; a family-run hotel in the shadow of the Orvieto cathedral and, my favourite, a 3rd generation country hotel in a tiny rural village. All rooms have an en suite bathroom and air conditioning.
Generous breakfasts are included each day (you’ll need them for your walks). With notice, the hotels wil be able to prepare a cut lunch for the walk. Dinners are not included in the standard tour, however, if you select the ‘Dinners option’ (which we recommend) this will include 3 course meals in some of the finest restaurants in the area. The dinner option also means you’ll have a guaranteed booking each night – It is recommended to include dinners in your walking package, which is an additional $200 per person.