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Italy
Walking & Hiking in Idyllic Tuscany and Mystical Umbria
Embark on a fun and informative walking exploration of Italy’s rolling hills as you discover timeless villages, famed vineyards, friendly locals and world-class cuisine.
Program No. 3573RJ
Length
12 days
Starts at
3,299
Flights start at
825
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12 days
11 nights
26 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive, Transfer to Pienza, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Pienza
D
Hotel Residence San Gregorio

Activity note: Hotel check in is at 2:00 PM. Up to a half mile of walking, 1.5 hours of walking on cobblestones, city streets, and uneven pavement.

Afternoon: Check in to your hotel. Take a walk in Pienza before attending a welcome reception and orientation. At the orientation, the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel. Water is included in the program cost at all meals.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Pienza and Its Products
Pienza
B,L,D
Hotel Residence San Gregorio

Activity note: Up to 4.5 miles of walking for approximately 3 hours on natural trails, cobblestones, and uneven pavement. There is an optional walk in the afternoon with up to 4.6 miles and 2 hours, on trail, cobblestones and uneven paths.

Breakfast: At the hotel. On this program, breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Walk from the hotel through beautiful Tuscany to reach Monticchiello (1667 feet), a small renovated village known for its Teatro Povera (Poor Theatre).

Lunch: Lunch with cheese tasting in Monticchiello followed by a lecture on cheese making called "Tuscan Cheese and Local Produce."

Afternoon: This afternoon, enjoy an optional walk to Montepulciano where the landscape is beautiful (the last part of this walk can be a bit of a climb, with an altitude difference of 600 feet). Montepulciano is a medieval village perched on the crest of a hill of volcanic rock. Its buildings represent the perfect style of the Florentine Renaissance. After a walk through the town, enjoy a wine tasting of Nobile di Montepulciano, along with a lecture on local wines. Please note: Should you decide NOT to take the afternoon walk, you will be transferred by coach to Montepulciano where you will meet the group. At the town square at 5:00 PM, walk through the town to the coach transfer back to the hotel (15 minutes).

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Siena
Pienza
B,D
Hotel Residence San Gregorio

Activity note: Up to 2 miles of walking for approximately 3 hours on cobblestones, city streets.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart by coach to Siena for an in depth walking field trip. This beautiful city is draped onto hills and noted for its flamboyant ensemble of medieval buildings in honest brown (sienna-colored) brick. On the lower slopes, you will find gardens and olive groves that fill half of the space within the old city wall. Above, you will find Tuscany’s tallest tower and dazzling cathedral. Learn about the history of Siena during this morning's field lecture.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Take this afternoon for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet or on the Road Scholar website. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Meet at a predetermined point and return to the hotel by coach.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Monte Amiata & The Tuscan Mountains
Pienza
B,L,D
Hotel Residence San Gregorio

Activity note: Up to 5 miles of walking for approximately 4.5 hours on natural trails. There will be an altitude change of 1300 feet.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Coach ride to Monte Amiata (5700 feet), the highest point and only real mountain in southern Tuscany. The mountains are covered with thick chestnut and beech forests, crisscrossed with brooks and streams. Monte Amiata is a broad-based mountain, visible for miles from the low hills with a well-maintained trail system in a gorgeous countryside. A circle of towns rings its lower slopes. The delightful spring-fed pools here belong to a geometrical system that more or less encircles Monte Amiata, producing an abundance of natural springs. This morning’s walk (approximately 5 miles, with an altitude difference of 1300 feet) includes a bit of a climb; however, the scenery is well worth the effort. Take in a field lecture about the Apennine nature and volcanic origins of the area.

Lunch: At a mountain hut, known for serving the best food in southern Tuscany.

Afternoon: This afternoon, take a coach to the medieval hamlet of Bagno Vignoni (1004 feet) for the chance to dip your feet in the warm, soothing water of its natural hot springs. People have been enjoying these famous "spas" since the Renaissance.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Montalcino Walk
Pienza
B,L
Hotel Residence San Gregorio

Activity note: Up to 4.1 miles of walking for approximately 5 hours on cobblestones, city streets, and natural trails.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart by coach to Montalcino (1831 feet), home of the famous Brunello wine. After a short field trip through Montalcino, walk through vineyards towards the Abbey of St. Antimo in the center of this charming valley. Time permitting, listen to Gregorian chants in the abbey.

Lunch: At the local osteria offering their specialties with wine.

Afternoon: If you wish, take an optional walk around the Pienza area. On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Pienza to Montefalco, Transfer Day
Montefalco
B,D
Camiano Piccolo Hotel

Activity note: Up to 2 miles of walking for approximately 3 hours on cobblestones, city streets, and uneven pavement.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Coach along the banks of Lake Trasimeno to Perugia (855 feet) where a stop will be made for a city walk. Perugia is one of the 12 Etruscan city-states and is the regional capital. It also has one of the largest state universities in the country.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Continue coach transfer to Montefalco and check in to the hotel. Orientation briefing before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Wine Country
Montefalco
B,L,D
Camiano Piccolo Hotel

Activity note: Up to 6 miles of walking for approximately 4.5 hours on natural trails and city streets.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Walking field trip through Montefalco and the famous Sagrantino wine country. While walking along a river with vineyards, hear a lecture on local wines. The origins of these wines go back to Etruscan times and today are among the most important Italian red wines. This morning's walk continues on the slopes of Montepennino overlooking the entire Umbrian vale.

Lunch: At a local winery. Explore the estate.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, walk back to Montefalco for a short visit. On your own to see and do more of what interests you most.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Bevagna Walk
Montefalco
B,L,D
Camiano Piccolo Hotel

Activity note: Up to 4.3 miles of walking for approximately 3.5 hours on cobblestones, city streets, and natural trails.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Gualdo Cattaneo for a short visit of this medieval fortified village. Take in a short lecture on Umbrian history during the walk through the hamlet. Then, walk through the farm land and woods to an olive mill and learn about olive oil production.

Lunch: At the family-run mill.

Afternoon: Transfer to the serene and handsome medieval town of Bevagna (662 feet), a city older than Rome. This town has two of Umbria's finest Romanesque churches. Visit the permanent exhibition of the Medieval House with a lecture on local life in the Middle Ages compared to the Roman Age.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Assisi Walk
Montefalco
B,L,D
Camiano Piccolo Hotel

Activity note: Up to 3.5 miles of walking for approximately 2 hours on cobblestones, uneven pavement, and natural trails.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Coach directly to St. Francis’ Hermitage for a field trip. Afterwards, walk down to Assisi (1400 feet) for a walk of the town. Assisi is visible for miles around, tucked under the ridge of Monte Subasio. Enjoy the tranquil back streets and homes with geranium-filled window boxes in this famous town. Walking at a good pace, one can see almost all the sights of Assisi in one day.

Lunch: At a local establishment in Assisi.

Afternoon: Field trip of the Basilica St. Francis, led by a monk living in the monastery. Return to the hotel by private coach.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Valnerina and Truffle Walk
Montefalco
B,L,D
Camiano Piccolo Hotel

Activity note: Up to 4 miles of walking for approximately 3.5 hours on natural trails, cobblestones, and uneven pavement.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Coach to Monte Patrico (3340 feet) to a farm estate in the mountains. Go on a truffle hunt with the farm owner and his truffle dogs. Monte Patrico is located above the town of Spoleto, on the summit of the Valnerina Mountains which are known for their rugged beauty. Listen to a field lecture entitled "All About Truffles."

Lunch: With the farmers.

Afternoon: This afternoon, transfer by coach to the woods of Monteluco and walk down to Spoleto (1299 feet), one of Umbria’s loveliest hill towns. In Spoleto, you will view the Ponte delle Torri (one of the greatest engineering works of the trecento, a bridge and aqueduct of 10 towering arches linking Spoleto with the slopes of Monteluco). You will walk to the upper part of the town center before taking the coach back to Montefalco.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Departures
In Flight
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Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: Private coach to the Rome airport (approx. 2.5 hours) for flights back home. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.