From Florence, the symbol of the Renaissance, to the vistas of the Val d'Orcia, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this route will allow you to discover all the facets of Tuscany. You'll trek through some of Tuscany's most famous landscapes, including Chianti, Pienza, and Montepulciano, and explore Tuscany's two most famous cities, Florence and Siena.

Highlights

  • Discover Florence's iconic cathedral and art masterpieces
  • Trek through the Val d'Orcia, visiting Tuscan villages along the way
  • Wander the medieval streets of Radda in Chianti, Tuscany's Chianti Classico capital
  • Spend time exploring Siena's Piazza del Campo and historic cathedral
  • Hike to Montepulciano, famed for its red wines

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Florence Florence
Day 2 Florence - Radda in Chianti Radda-in-Chianti
Day 3 Panzano - Radda in Chianti Radda-in-Chianti
Day 4 Radda in Chianti - Siena - San Quirico d'Orcia San Quirico
Day 5 Trekking in Val d'Orcia San Quirico
Day 6 Trekking to Pienza San Quirico
Day 7 Monticchiello, Montepulciano, and Goodbye to Tuscany  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Florence

Florence's Iconic Duomo
Florence's Iconic Duomo

Your trekking adventure begins with an overnight stay in Florence, the home town of Michelangelo.

After you arrive and check in at your hotel, take some time to wander through Florence's historic city center. Depending on your arrival time, options include:

Visit the Duomo, the cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore (Our Lady of the Flowers), and the adjacent Baptistery with its famous bronze doors;

View world-famous art at the Uffizi Gallery (advance tickets recommended); 

Stroll along the Arno River and explore shops in the Ponte Vecchio, a bridge dating back more than 650 years;

Admire the sculptures in the Loggia dei Lanzi, a real open-air museum.

If you are arriving by car, you may wish to detour to Pisa and Lucca before heading to Florence. Your total driving time will be approximately 1.5 hours.

Day 2: Florence - Radda in Chianti

Chianti Vineyards
Chianti Vineyards

This morning, you'll travel by bus or drive yourself to Radda in Chianti, where you will stay for two nights. The trip will take you about 1.5 hours. Then, it's time to hit the trail. From the village, the route crosses vineyards and olive groves on an old mule track through the Tuscan countryside. In the evening, enjoy a relaxing dinner in Radda in Chianti.

Walking time: 4 to 5 hours

Day 3: Panzano - Radda in Chianti

Volpaia
Volpaia

Today you'll travel by bus to Panzano, a 20-minute trip, and trek from there back to Radda in Chianti. You'll pass through the village of Volpaia, built in the 11th century as a fortified village on the border between Florence and Siena.

Walking Time: 5 to 6 hours
Elevation Gain: 1,642 feet (500 m) ascending, 1,476 feet (450 m) descending 

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Day 4: Radda in Chianti - Siena - San Quirico d'Orcia

Basilica of Saints Catherine and Dominic, Siena
Basilica of Saints Catherine and Dominic, Siena

Today you'll travel by bus or drive yourself from Radda in Chianti to Siena. If you are driving, consider making a detour to the medieval town of San Gimignano before heading to Siena and San Quirico d'Orcia. The bus trip will take about an hour, and a detour to San Gimignano will take approximately three hours.

You'll spend the day visiting Siena on your own. Options include:

People-watch in the seashell-shaped Piazza Del Campo, site of the annual Palio horse race;

Visit the 13th-century Palazzo Pubblico (Town Hall) to see its famous frescoes and climb its clock tower;

Explore Siena's Cathedral and view the art treasures in the Museo dell’Opera Metropolitana del Duomo, the Cathedral's museum.

After your day in Siena, you'll travel by bus or rental car to San Quirico d´Orcia. The trip will take about an hour.


Day 5: Trekking in Val d'Orcia

Val d'Orcia
Val d'Orcia

From your hotel, you'll trek to the Val d'Orcia (Orcia Valley) a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a short climb, you'll have a great view of the valley of oaks and vineyards with the citadel of Ripa d'Orcia and Monte Amiata, the highest point in southern Tuscany, in the background. You'll descend through the vineyards and, if you wish, cool off at Bagno Vignoni, a spa town with a Roman pool in its main square. As you head back to San Quirico, you'll go through the forest, sheltered from the heat.

Walking Time: 4 to 5 hours
Elevation Gain: 1,642 feet (500m) ascending and descending

Day 6: Trekking to Pienza

Trees in the Val d'Orcia
Trees in the Val d'Orcia

Today you'll hike from your accommodation to Pienza, rebuilt in the 15th century in the humanist spirit of the Renaissance and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend some time in Piazza Pio II (Square of Pope Pius II), Pienza's central square, which is surrounded by four important buildings: the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Municipal Palace, the Borgia Palace, and the Piccolomini Palace.

After exploring Pienza, you'll head back to San Quirico by bus.

Walking Time: 3 to 4 hours
Elevation Gain: 1, 148 feet (350 m) ascending / (492 feet (150 m) descending

Day 7: Monticchiello, Montepulciano, and Goodbye to Tuscany

Pienza
Pienza

Today you'll take a 10-minute bus ride to Pienza and hike through one of the most famous areas in Tuscany to discover the fortified village of Monticchiello. Spend some time exploring this tiny medieval walled town. Next, you'll visit the village of Montepulciano, known for its wines and built on a peak of Monte Poliziano.

After your hike, you'll return by bus to San Quirico d'Orcia, the endpoint of your trip.

Walking Time: 4 to 5 hours
Elevation Gain: 656 feet (200 m) ascending, 328 feet (100 m) descending

Map

Map of Active Italy: Trekking & Tuscan Heritage - 7 Days
Map of Active Italy: Trekking & Tuscan Heritage - 7 Days