Tuscany Hiking and Biking, Guided Hikes, Guided Bike Tour
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What To Wear in Italy:
Rome is warm year round so you can keep your wardrobe simple to travel
light and flexibly.
Rome and Florence are sophisticated cities and could require formal dress
in some restaurants (Necktie suit jacket, dress) The hilltop towns will be
casual dress throughout.
Rome has a climate similar to the mid USA at sea level, cool Dec. and Jan.
40s but no ice or snow, warm summers, June July August, 80s possible
light rain in Spring.
Pisa is north of Rome on the Mediterranian Coast Best months May June,
September October. Crowded July August
Tuscany offers some great not
well marked. Even in Cinque
Terre, north of Tuscany where
hiking is a main tourist draw, it is
possible to go astray unless you
have a good map.
The blaze system of red, white
and blue daubs of paint is too
often hard to find. The best bet is
to use one of the good hiking
books like, "Walking And Eating
in Tuscany and Umbria" as a
Other Hiking Books listed below
You can create your own good
day hike at any of the many hill
towns. Park in the lot far below
the town and then hike up to the
top where you find the plaza, the
town center, perhaps a restaurant,
a wine cellar, or an interesting
Tuscany is a largely agricultural
region of rolling hills and intensive
farming of grapes (September
October harvest) or sun flowers
(Ripe in mid June). and wheat.
Low mountains make up a large
portion of Tuscany and offer some
good day hikes, especially near
the hilltop towns or on the
outskirts of the towns.
The best bet for those that will be
in Tuscany for a short visit will be
to go with a guided hike or a
guided bike trip. The tours usually
go from village to village and will
arrange lodging and
Tuscany Photos by Len Delory
Tuscany occupies nearly 9000 square miles of north central Italy
north of Rome.
Sections of several of Tuscany's notable places including the Val
d'Orcia Artistic, Natural and Cultural Park near Castelmuzio in
Sienna have been made UNESCO Sites and thus are protected from
Other protected sites Central Florence, the central square and
Cathedral of Pisa, the center of Sienna, San Gimignano's central
plaza, and the town of Pienza.
Castiglione d'Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani and San
Quirico d'Orcia, make up the Val d'Orcia
Tuscany and its fertile valleys was first settled in 1500 BC. Later in the
8th century BC the Etruscans settled the area and gave it its name.
Many museums in the area have Etruscan artifacts, sophisticated
pre-Roman art involving advanced metallurgy.
By the 2nd century BC, the Romans had taken control of Tuscany.
Art and Architecture
The cities of Tuscany, particularly Florence and the wealth of its merchants,
gave momentum to the Renaissance. The wealthy merchants of Pisa, a port
city, and of Florence, commissioned works by great masters that now reside
in the museums. Architectural masterpieces in Florence and Pisa resulted
from the success of Tuscan bankers and merchants during the Renaissance.
Illustrious Tuscans were Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante, Galileo,
and the painter, Botticelli.
The Medici, a banking family from Florence, commissioned many works of
A hike to the hilltop town can be a good
day hike with a picnic at the top
Tuscany Hiking Books
Walking in Tuscany: Tuscany, Umbria, Latium, Elba and Chianti Trail
Walking And Eating in Tuscany and Umbria
"50 Hikes In & Around Tuscany: Hiking the Mountains, Forests, Coast &
Historic Sites of Wild Tuscany & Beyond"
"A Culinary Traveller in Tuscany: Exploring and Eating"
"The Most Beautiful Villages of Tuscany"
"Village Walks: Tuscany: 50 Adventures on Foot " (City Walks)
For a one day guided bike tour out of Florence www.ibiketuscany.com/
Single and multi day tours, Florence and Sienna www.bikingtuscany.it/
|Tuscan Hill Towns
Good Day Hikes
San Gimgnano, Wine
Sarteano: hilltop castle
Etruscan tombs in the hills
12 th century hill town near
Siena with 84 residents
San Quirico D'Orcia
Hike in the Crete and visit
this 12 century fortified
A day hike to the top of the hilltop
village can offer some sights and
good views of the valleys.
|Tuscany Off the Tourist
Castelmuzio is an out of the
way hill town in Sienna that
centers several other seldom
visited hill towns. This once
fortified hill town could make a
good base for hiking or biking
trips.. The town has its own
charm with good views and
still has remnants of the early
Bus Service .
One road through
Castelmuzio is called Via
Degli Etruschi, the old
Etruscan road. Nearby find
the Roman era church of
Hike or bike north to the
village of Montisi, (2 miles)
a Medieval hilltop village (pop
400) Named for the Etruscan
god Isis. Notable now for the
study of harpsichord music.
From the road you have a view
ot the strange landscape of
the Crete Senesi, clay
deposits from an ancient sea. .
Another hike or bike ride
takes you west and north to
the village of San Giovanni
d'Asso. (6 miles)
From there you can drive or
bike west to the village of
Chiusure (11 miles)
Hike to the Abbey of Monte
Oliveto Maggiore where
there is interesting paintings
and carved altars.
From Castelmuzio you can
hike or bike east to the village
of Petroio. (3 miles) This
village is notable for making
East from Castelmuzio you
can continue to
miles)From there drive further
east and south to visit the
hilltop town of
A good day hike is to park
below the hilltop town of
Montepulciano and hike up to
the top. (605 meters Alt)
Andrea della Robbia
terracotta altar art in the Santa
Maria delle Grazie church and
two notable wines mark this
Further west, follow the
SP-146 south and west to the
E-35 or A-1, north/south
highway at the crossroad for
Chiusi and the National
Castiglione d'Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani and
San Quirico d'Orcia, make up the Val d'Orcia Artistic, Natural
This region is noted for agricultural tourism. Visitors can lodge in a
farm house, vineyard or other rural setting with a family. This opens
great hiking and biking opportunities.
‘If you are looking for a great selection of places to stay with
discount prices, visit Florence Hotels for more information’.
Tuscany Hiking and Biking on a short visit is best done on a
guided hike or a guided bike trip.
Tuscany hiking, biking, and biking wine tours go from village
to village while the tour operator arranges villa lodging and
A guided tour such as La Dolce Vita
wine tasting option on a hiking tour
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