Organic Tuscany and Seaside

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WALKERS’ Hidden, Organic Tuscany

Best guided small group cultural walking tour of Hidden Organic Tuscany. Take a deep breath of l’aria fresca della toscana … and be prepared to be enchanted, mystified and truly amazed as you immerse yourself in an unforgettable journey that leads through Tuscany’s unspoiled countryside, fairytale castle towns and forgotten ancient sites. By day you’ll explore spectacular nature trails, medieval hill towns and evocative Etruscan and Roman ruins, then return to your villa accommodations for friendly aperitivo hours, delectable organic meals and sweeping Tuscan sunsets.

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Dates:
    • October 13-20, 2018 SOLD OUT/CLOSED
    • October 20-26, 2019
  • 7 Days/6 Nights
  • Regular Trip Price: $4,195. FALL SALE PRICE: $3,895 USD per person (no single supplement!). Good through Dec. 1, 2018. 
  • 8 Payment Option (available upon booking)
  • WALKING RATING: Our walks are rated as easy to moderate, with durations on average of 1.5 – 3 hours and distances of 5-10 kilometers (3-7 miles). Although most routes are relatively short, you will encounter cobblestones, rugged pathways, uneven steps and steep ascents and descents in order to reach stunning views and hilltop villages. Our walks ideal for active travelers. No hiking experience is necessary, but we do recommend walking regularly before your trip, including up hills, whenever you can. Although non-walking options are provided throughout the tour, we caution that this trip is not the right fit for those who have difficulty walking or have a health-related condition that would limit participation and/or impede or inconvenience others.

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REVIEWS : What People Are Saying

“Pamela exceeded my expectations of what my first dream trip to Italy would be. The people, the culture, the food and the wine.. I could have never experienced Italy the way Pamela plans her tours. She has every detail covered and her team are beyond wonderful. Kind, caring and so excited to share their Italy with you. We met and experienced Italy with strangers who turned into friends….I’ll be back one day!!” Tracey Flight Speares

“Pamela created the most amazing experience for all of us. Her connections with local Italians, and her love for them, is obvious. I can’t recommend her tours strongly enough. Pamela absolutely delivers what she says she’s going to deliver – and more.” Mindy Thomas

DAY 1: Arrival Mt. Argentario

  • Welcome to Country House La Mortella, mini-tour, trip orientation, countryside walk
  • Dinner

Benvenuto in Italia! Upon arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport, sit back and relax as you are transported by our private Mercedes Benz van service to the Tuscan seaside and your beautiful farmhouse accommodations on the slopes of Mt. Argentario. After check-in and a friendly welcome, you’ll have the opportunity to relax and settle in before enjoying a trip orientation and mini-tour of the grounds with your personal walking guide, Manuele. Not only an exceptional guide, Manuele’s friendly manner and outgoing personality will put you at ease right from the start, and his passion for his home-region of Tuscany is contagious! Then it’s time to stretch your legs on a panoramic evening walk, followed by aperitivo and a delicious welcome dinner, featuring local, organic products.

DAY 2: Mt. Argentario & Vitozza

  • Seaside walk Porto San Stefano, Rocca Spagnola Porto Ercole, Convento dei Frati Passionisti, Vitozza ruins walk
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Following breakfast at the farmhouse, you’ll travel to the charming, seaside village of Porto San Stefano, situated on a peninsula that juts into the Mediterranean Sea. Here you’ll enjoy a scenic walk along the seaside promenade followed by a visit to one of the port’s historic fortresses: Rocca Spagnola Porto Ercole.

After lunch together on Mt. Argentario, you’ll grab your luggage and sit back while our private driver transports you to the magical interior of this part of Tuscany and the lost city of Vitozza where you’ll walk with Manuele amongst the fascinating ruins. Now a national park, Vitozza has been inhabited during Etruscan, Roman and medieval times, and the variety of ruins and grotte left behind are a delight to explore and contemplate. No worries, as the walking is easy, and the sights are spectacular.

Then it’s on to your elegant villa accommodations, Poggio alla Trese, a private estate, surrounded by organic olive groves and vineyards. This evening you’ll relax with a delightful welcome aperitivo, followed by a delectable dinner, prepared by our Tuscan chef, featuring organic dishes and wild herbs.

DAY 3: Civita di Bagnoregio

  • Scenic valley walk to Cività di Bagnoregio, visit in historic center, wine and food pairings lesson, bruschetta-making in the villa’s bbq “house”
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning, after a delicious breakfast, Manuele will be accompanying you to the fairytale village of Cività di Bagnoregio – a medieval hamlet frozen in time and beautiful beyond compare. Here you’ll enjoy an easy-moderate walk with Manuele from the valley below up to the village itself, followed by free time to explore this delightful, crumbling town on your own. 

A light lunch will be served up in our friend’s atmospheric grotto that was once the town’s olive press, and in afternoon, after returning to the villa, you’ll have time on your own to relax – or get in a few more steps (perhaps a stroll through the nearby vineyard). 

Then it’s time for an oh-so-fun bruschetta-making lesson for our aperitivo, followed by a delectable organic-based meal together with a wine and food pairings lesson with our sommelier, Paola, featuring both organic and natural wines.

DAY 4: Pitigliano & Sorano

  • Ancient cavoni ring walk, Pitigliano historic center, village of Sorano & visit to Fortezza Orsini
  • Breakfast and dinner

This morning, after an abundant breakfast, it’s off to the magical hill town of Pitigliano – an ancient place, layered with thousands of years of history and steeped in mystery. You’ll explore an intriguing walking trail that leads through amazing Etruscan cavoni (excavated roads), and to forgotten Etruscan tombs, before making your way to stunning Pitigliano itself – perched on a magnificent tufu bluff. This easy-moderate walk is truly special – an experience to be savored and remembered.

After lunch on your own in Pitigliano we continue to the medieval village of Sorano, with its 13th century houses that seem to grow right out of the rocky terrain, for a tour of the Orsini castle and labyrinth. 

Back at the villa, you’ll enjoy a relaxing aperitivo hour followed by a chef-prepared dinner featuring regional specialties.

DAY 5: Lago di Chiusi

  • Chiusi lake walk, tour and demonstration with local organic beekeeper, grande fuoco fireside chat, herb lesson, pizza night with Pino
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning, after breakfast at the villa, featuring

organic cakes, yogurts and cheeses, it’s off with Manuele to walk a historic route that reaches picturesque Lago di Chiusi, with its legend of an Etruscan princess. (Manuele has all the scoop!) This area is peppered with Etruscan tomb sites and ancient ruins – so fascinating!

Then you’ll enjoy a picnic-style lunch at the farmhouse Massimiliano, a local, organic beekeeper, along with an ample taste of Massimiliano’s honey (a must!). You’ll also enjoy a tour and mini-lesson that includes a fantastic display of beeswax candles.

In the afternoon, Paola will be taking you on an herb walk in the villa’s garden to explain the uses of cultivated and wild herbs in Italian culture. 

This evening brings an enjoyable outdoor fireside chat and apertivo (weather permitting), followed by pizza-making – and eating – at our friend, Pino’s, charming pizzeria.

DAY 6: Pienza & Bagno Vignoni

  • Pienza ring walk, organic cheese-making lesson and tour of organic sheep farm, thermal spa
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning, after breakfast, we’re off to Pienza for a scenic ring walk with breath-taking views over the sweeping Val d’Orcia – one of the most spectacular

parts of Tuscany. After some time to explore the town itself, it’s off to our our friend, Giuseppe’s organic sheep farm where time to it’s time to don a cap for an oh-so- fun organic, cheese-making class. 

Afterwards you’ll enjoy a delectable lunch, featuring organic pecorino of course, followed by a jaunt to nearby Bagno Vignoni, where you can relax in the incredible mineral waters of the town’s charming thermal spa. Prefer more steps instead of a soaking? Follow the well-marked pathway just outside the village and take in the splendid views. 

This evening brings another fireside aperitivo, followed by a delicious, regionally inspired dinner.

DAY 7: Città della Pieve

  • Countryside ring walk through private vineyards and olive groves, cantina tour and tasting of natural and organic wines, saffron tasting and mini-lesson, herb walk
  • Breakfast and dinner

This morning, after a delightful buffet-style breakfast at the villa, featuring organic torte, yogurts and cheeses, it’s off with Manuele for a countryside ring walk that meanders through our friend, Alessandro’s organic vineyard. Afterwards you’ll continue to the town of Città della Pieve for a delicious, organic saffron tasting, accompanied by

Alessandro’s organic wine – from the vineyard you walked through this morning! Lunch is on your own, perhaps followed by a stop for gelato, before returning to the villa for free time to relax, pack or take in a few more steps along the nearby country lane. 

This evening brings a special farewell apertivo and dinner, featuring local organic products and wines.

DAY 8: Departure

  • This morning our drivers will transport you to Rome Fiumicino Airport.

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INCLUSIONS Walkers’ Hidden, Organic Tuscany with Seaside

  • 1 nights stay at Country Relais La Moretella
  • 6 nights stay Villa Poggio alla Trese, exclusive to our group only. Rooms feature antique furniture from the family’s estate, organic toiletries, hair dryers and yoga mats.  
  • Private ground transportation to/from Rome Fiumicino Airport on arrival and departure days
  • Private ground transportation service to/from towns and sites included in the itinerary
  • All generous buffet breakfasts with organic herbal teas and coffee
  • 5 lunches
  • 6 organic dinners featuring seasonal specialties and local wines, including organic and natural wines
  • 1 make-it-yourself pizza dinner (organic ingredients, of course!)
  • Regional wines with each included lunch or dinner, featuring natural and organic wines from local wineries
  • Accommodations for special dietary requirements, including gluten free, dairy free, Paleo and Vegan
  • Daily walks along a variety of spectacular, scenic pathways and trails with our expert Tuscan walking guide, Manuele. Walks include: Etruscan vie cave (“excavated” roadways), ancient Roman routes, Francigena pilgrimage trail, “lost” city circle-walk, seaside and lakeside walk. Walks are on average 2 hours, 8 kilometers, and are optional.
  • Evening aperitivo hours (our signature get-togethers!)
  • Cantina tour and wine tasting
  • Castle and fortress tour
  • Etruscan necropolis
  • Cheese-making class
  • Wild herbs lesson
  • Fireside chat
  • Entrance to coastal fortress
  • Spa entrance and use of thermally heated mineral pools
  • Wine pairings lesson
  • Organic products tasting
  • Entrance fees to all sites included in trip itinerary
  • Daily accompaniment with Strada Toscana guides and hosts
  • Gratuities for meals and tours

Not included: Airfare, ground or water transportation outside of that listed in the trip itinerary, alcoholic drinks, wines or meals ordered “on your own”, gratuities for hotel staff and drivers

The Unexpected is Part of the Journey: At Strada Toscana we weave amazing, authentic experiences into every trip, but sometimes unexpected things come up. If Mario calls to tell us they’re pressing olives at just this moment, off we go (I mean, we wouldn’t let you miss his newly pressed olive oil!), and if a site has an unscheduled closing, we improvise to include something equally as wonderful and interesting. On that note, if our usual boutique hotels or B&Bs can’t accommodate us (which rarely happens), you can rest assured you’ll stay somewhere of an equal or higher level. The quality of our tours is never at risk, as our team is committed to excellence, along with our vast, local, Italian connections.

Walkers’ Hidden Organic Tuscany with Seaside

  • October 13-20, 2018
  • 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Trip Price: $3,798 USD per person, based on double occupancy, single supplement: $495 USD
  • WALKING RATING: Easy/leisure to moderate, with durations on average of 2-3 hours and distances on average 8-12 kilometers – ideal for active travelers with or without hiking experience. You can expect hard cobblestones, uneven pavement, steps and steep hills. In addition, elevators are not available at boutique accommodations. Although non-walking options are provided throughout the tour, we caution that this trip is not the right fit for those who have difficulty walking or have a health-related condition that would limit participation and/or impede or inconvenience others.

A $500 deposit is required to reserve your space on this tour, $100 of which is nonrefundable. See payment options on booking page.

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Have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page

Walkers’ Hidden Organic Tuscany

  • October 20-26, 2019
  • 7 Days/6 Nights
  • Regular Trip Price: $4,195. SUMMER SALE PRICE: $3,795 USD per person (no single supplement!)

DAY 1: Arrival Poggio alle Trese

  • Welcome and orientation, countryside walk, bruschetta-making lesson
  • Dinner

Welcome to your elegant villa accommodations, Poggio alle Trese, surrounded by organic olive groves and vineyards. You’ll enjoy a warm welcome and trip orientation with our Strada Toscana team, including your delightful walking guide, Manuele de Bellis.

Afterwards, get on our your walking shoes as Manuele gets you acquainted with some of the nearby walking trails that wind their way through farm fields and olive groves.

This evening you’ll relax with a delightful welcome aperitivo, hosted by sommelier, Paola, followed by a delectable dinner, prepared by our own Tuscan chef, featuring organic dishes and wild herbs.

DAY 2: Lago Trasimeno

  • Scenic lakeside walk, ferry to Isola Maggiore, island walk, castle tour, wine pairings with organic and natural wines
  • Breakfast and dinner

This morning, after a delicious breakfast, Manuele will be accompanying you to picturesque Lago Trasimeno where you’ll enjoy a lakeside walk, followed by a ferry ride to the island of Maggiore. Here you’ll take a ring walk around the tiny island along with time on your own to explore and hunt out a spot for lunch. (The lake fish is delicious, by the way!)

After lunch you’ll return by ferry to the lakeside village of Castiglione where Manuele will take you on a tour of the town’s imposing castle and fortress, followed by a stop in nearby Panicale for artiginal gelato. Yum!

This evening you’ll enjoy our signature aperitivo followed by a delectable organic-based meal together with a wine and food pairings lesson with our sommelier, Paola, featuring both organic and natural wines.

DAY 3: Pienza & Bagno Vignoni

  • Pienza ring walk, organic cheese-making lesson and tour of organic sheep farm, thermal spa
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning, after breakfast, we’re off to Pienza for a scenic ring walk with breath-taking views over the sweeping Val d’Orcia – one of the most spectacular

parts of Tuscany. After some time to explore the town itself, it’s off to our friend, Giuseppe’s organic sheep farm where time to it’s time to don a cap for an oh-so- fun organic, cheese-making class.

Afterwards you’ll enjoy a delectable lunch, featuring organic pecorino of course, followed by a jaunt to nearby Bagno Vignoni, where you can relax in the incredible mineral waters of the town’s charming thermal spa. Prefer more steps instead of a soaking? Follow the well-marked pathway just outside the village and take in the splendid views.

This evening brings another fireside aperitivo, followed by a delicious, regionally inspired dinner.

DAY 4: Poggio alle Trese

  • Scenic nature walk, organic vineyard tour, picnic lunch, pasta-making lesson
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning, after breakfast, you’re off with Manuele on a scenic nature walk where you’ll find an unspoiled – and undiscovered – Italy as you meander along winding lanes flanked by crumbling farmhouses – all surrounded by nature and wildlife that is particular to this area.

After a picnic lunch, you’ll circle back through an organic vineyard, where Manuele will explain the cultivation and pruning that uses traditional methods.

Back at the villa you’ll don an apron for a delightful pasta-making lesson with Doriana, where you’ll learn the secrets – and Italian art – of pairing pasta with just the right sauce. All with organic ingredients, of course!

This evening you’ll enjoy an aperitivo hosted by sommelier Paola, followed by a delectable dinner featuring your hand-made pasta.

Afterwards you’ll enjoy a delectable lunch, featuring organic pecorino of course, followed by a jaunt to nearby Bagno Vignoni, where you can relax in the incredible mineral waters of the town’s charming thermal spa. Prefer more steps instead of a soaking? Follow the well-marked pathway just outside the village and take in the splendid views.

This evening brings another fireside aperitivo, followed by a delicious, regionally inspired dinner.

DAY 5: Sarteano & Chiusi

  • Walk with local truffle hunter (and his dogs), Etruscan necropolis, herb lesson, pizza night with Pino
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning, after a leisurely breakfast at the villa, featuring organic cakes, yogurts and cheeses, you’ll enjoy some free time to relax or walk the nearby country lanes. Then Paola will be taking you on an herb walk in the villa’s garden to explain the uses of cultivated and wild herbs in Italian culture.

After lunch, it’s off to join our friend, Michele, for a truffle-hunting trek through the nearby forest, along with his delightful truffle-hunting dogs. What fun! Afterwards you’ll continue to the outskirts of the Tuscan town of Sarteano where you’ll discover a park of Etruscan tombs and ruins.

After a stop back at the villa to freshen up, you’re off to the nearby village of Chiusi for a visit of the fascinating archeological museum, followed by a pizza dinner at our friend, Pino’s, cozy pizzeria.

 

DAY 6: Città della Pieve

  • Countryside ring walk through private vineyards and olive groves, cantina tour and tasting of natural and organic wines, saffron tasting and mini-lesson, herb walk
  • Breakfast and dinner

This morning, after a delightful buffet-style breakfast at the villa, featuring organic torte, yogurts and cheeses, it’s off with Manuele for a countryside ring walk that meanders through our friend, Alessandro’s organic vineyard. Afterwards you’ll continue to the town of Città della Pieve for a delicious, organic saffron tasting, accompanied by

Alessandro’s organic wine – from the vineyard you walked through this morning! Lunch is on your own, perhaps followed by a stop for gelato, before returning to the villa for free time to relax, pack or take in a few more steps along the nearby country lane.

This evening brings a special farewell apertivo and dinner, featuring local organic products and wines.

DAY 8: Departure

  • This morning our drivers will transport you to Rome Fiumicino Airport.

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INCLUSIONS Walkers’ Hidden, Organic Tuscany

  • 6 nights stay Villa Poggio alla Trese, exclusive to our group only. Rooms feature antique furniture from the family’s estate, organic toiletries, hair dryers and yoga mats.  
  • Private ground transportation to/from Rome Fiumicino Airport on arrival and departure days
  • Private ground transportation service to/from towns and sites included in the itinerary
  • All generous buffet breakfasts with organic herbal teas and organic, artisan coffee
  • 3 lunches
  • 5 organic dinners featuring seasonal specialties and local wines, including organic and natural wines
  • 1 pizza dinner
  • Regional wines with each included lunch or dinner, featuring natural and organic wines from local wineries
  • Accommodations for special dietary requirements, including gluten free, dairy free, Paleo and Vegan
  • Daily walks along a variety of spectacular, scenic pathways and trails with our expert Tuscan walking guide, Manuele. Walks include: Etruscan vie cave (“excavated” roadways), ancient Roman routes, Francigena pilgrimage trail, and more. Walks are on average 2 hours, 8 kilometers, and are always optional.
  • Evening aperitivo hours (our signature get-togethers!)
  • Cantina wine tasting
  • Castle and fortress tour
  • Etruscan necropolis
  • Cheese-making class
  • Wild herbs lesson
  • Wine pairings lesson
  • Entrance fees to all sites included in trip itinerary
  • Daily accompaniment with Strada Toscana guides and hosts
  • Gratuities for meals and tours

Not included: Airfare, ground or water transportation outside of that listed in the trip itinerary, alcoholic drinks, wines or meals ordered “on your own”, gratuities for hotel staff and drivers

The Unexpected is Part of the Journey: At Strada Toscana we weave amazing, authentic experiences into every trip, but sometimes unexpected things come up. If Mario calls to tell us they’re pressing olives at just this moment, off we go (I mean, we wouldn’t let you miss his newly pressed olive oil!), and if a site has an unscheduled closing, we improvise to include something equally as wonderful and interesting. The quality of our tours is never at risk, as our team is committed to excellence, along with our vast, local, Italian connections.

Walkers’ Hidden Organic Tuscany

  • October 20-26, 2019
  • 7 Days/6 Nights
  • Regular Trip Price: $4,195. SUMMER SALE PRICE: $3,795 USD per person (no single supplement!)
  • WALKING RATING: Easy/leisure to moderate, with durations on average of 2-3 hours and distances on average 8-12 kilometers – ideal for active travelers with or without hiking experience. You can expect hard cobblestones, uneven pavement, steps and steep hills. In addition, elevators are not available at boutique accommodations. Although non-walking options are provided throughout the tour, we caution that this trip is not the right fit for those who have difficulty walking or have a health-related condition that would limit participation and/or impede or inconvenience others.

A $500 deposit is required to reserve your space on this tour, $100 of which is nonrefundable. See payment options on booking page.

BOOK NOW!

DOWNLOAD ITINERARY

Have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page