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Walking & Hiking in Idyllic Tuscany and Mystical Umbria

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Program #3573RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Beth B. Aug 12, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Is anyone else transferring in Toronto (Air Canada) before going to Rome?


Renee Wright Aug 11, 2014 at 04:55 PM

By the way, I'm from upstate NY, my family is from Chicago and Phoenix.


Renee Wright Aug 11, 2014 at 04:54 PM

My sister, sister-in-law, new friend and I will be taking the Tuscany trip too. I'm concerned about water. Do we pack our own? I'm an OK walker, not really a hiker per se. Two of the four of us are fast walkers. I want to enjoy the scenery and learn about the country side as well.
George Struble Aug 11, 2014 at 05:26 PM

Do take a water bottle. Any coke or juice bottle that screws ttightly enough is fine. Of course you can refill it every day!
Jane Berman Aug 11, 2014 at 05:39 PM

And the tap water is perfectly fine, so don't hesitate to use it.


Sharon Fratepietro Jul 21, 2014 at 01:43 PM

I'm considering taking this trip. I wonder how fast the walking pace is. Distance is OK, but I'm slow going up hill and I wouldn't want to hold up anyone.
Jane Berman Jul 21, 2014 at 02:21 PM

There are two leaders and very accommodating Sharon. One will always hang back to take care of any us stragglers, while the rest of the group continues. Also, there are stops along the way for photos, discussions, etc., so you have a chance to catch up. A great trip!
Sharon Fratepietro Jul 22, 2014 at 08:27 AM

Thanks for the quick info! One more question--my husband is a fast walker and sometimes likes to forge ahead of the larger group, then wait for the rest to catch up. Is this possible?
Jane Berman Jul 22, 2014 at 11:01 AM

As long as he doesn't overtake the leader! The safety protocol is to ensure a leader at the front of the "groupo" and another at the back. Wrt your question about pace, other walking groups typically quote 3 mph, so you should be able to comfortably walk a mile in 20 minutes.
Beth B. Jul 25, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Hi Sharon (great last name!). I had the same questions & called RS. I walk at a decent pace, but mostly flat terrain, so I'm slow on hills too. Although RS rates the hikes, one person's "moderate" may be another's "fast."
Beth B. Jul 25, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Thx Jane for info also. 3 mph is good to know; I can handle that!


Beth B. Apr 20, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Hi, I'm Beth B from the SF bay area. Going on the Sept 2014 trip. This will be my first overseas trip; very excited!
Karen Wells Jul 19, 2014 at 05:04 PM

Hi Beth, we are Vic & Karen from Colorado Springs, CO. We too are going on the Sept. 2014 trip. We have been to Italy once-loved it. We have not done a walking/hiking tour. Should be fun - just hope we can keep up. Look forward to meeting you.
Beth B. Jul 21, 2014 at 01:27 AM

Hi Karen, thx for checking in. Only 2 months to go! Sono eccitato!


Premium Email Subscriber Apr 08, 2014 at 09:14 PM

I'm Judith Albino from Denver and will be joining the May 11 Tuscany/Umbria group as well. I'm looking forward to the trip and to meeting the rest of the group.
S Olsen Apr 18, 2014 at 05:09 PM

I'm going on the May 11 trip, too! First RS adventure and first time using my passport! Also looking forward to meeting the rest of our group. Judith, I used to live in Colorado (Woodland Park area and Gunnison) and was out there in January visiting friends.
Premium Email Subscriber Apr 19, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Hi, S. I'll look forward to meeting you. You must have done your share of mountain hiking when you were in Gunnison -- Woodland Park is good hiking country as well. Where are you living now?
S Olsen Apr 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM

I live in Iowa and have for 26 years! So, it's been ages since I did mountain hiking and I'm a bit older, too. Ha!
S Olsen Apr 28, 2014 at 12:46 PM

And, by the way, I'm Sue!
Premium Email Subscriber Apr 29, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Thanks, Sue. S felt a little awkward. I suspect that most of us are feeling the effect of a few years. Judith
Beth B. Jul 25, 2014 at 12:07 AM

I'm going in Sept. and would love to hear comments from either/both of you, about the trip!


Babs Guardenier Feb 19, 2014 at 01:31 PM

Hi! My husband, Ned, and I are going on the trip scheduled for May 11th. Anybody else out there on this trip? We live in Asheville, NC. This is our first Road Scholars trip.We'd love to hear from anybody else who signed up. Ciao!
Penny Tolchin Mar 27, 2014 at 02:06 PM

Hello, Penny & Sid Tolchin from San Diego. We just returned from 2 RS trips in AZ, one hiking the slot canyons and slick rocks around Page and one to learn about the Navajos and Canyon de Chelly. Both were great trips as have been the other 15 RS trips we hav taken. We know you will have a wonderful time. The only other international trip we have taken with RS has been to Costa Rica, and about half of our trips to date have been intergenerational, which we highly recommend. We will start with the group on 5/11 at the airport but will spend almost a week afterward in Rome. We look forward to meeting you!


Jane Berman Aug 28, 2013 at 01:47 PM

We are Jane and Robert from Ottawa, Canada, and this will be our first Road Scholar adventure. We're looking forward to 5 days in Rome before meeting up with most of you at the airport. Is anyone else not travelling with the group to Rome?


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