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The Val D' Arcy is the perfect place for hikers and nature lovers, an enchanting landscape in the South of Tuscany. Take part in this amazing walking trip from Siena to the famous Crete Senesi by discovering abbeys, castles, and hills of vineyards amongst the richness of Tuscany's cultural villages and the excellence of its food and wine.

Visit the pretty hilltop town of Montalcino, famous for its precious Brunello wine, arguably the most prized of Italy's fine wines. Nearby is the Abbey of Sant'Antimo, where you can hear the monks singing their vespers. You can also explore Pienza, a perfect little gem of a Renaissance town.This wonderful trip will end in Rome, the eternal city.

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Welcome in Siena Meeting point with your guide in Siena in late afternoon for an Italian aperitivo in Piazza del Campo. Dinner and overnight in Siena (Meals: D)
After a short transfer we starts the walking day over open hills and through the famous vineyards of Brunello. This morning our walking route brings us from the countryside surrounding the fortified Medieval town of Montalcino, home of the great Tuscan red wine, to the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, perhaps one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany, built in alabaster and onix. Visit a famous vinery for a Brunello wine tasting and light lunch. Transfer to San Quirico d'Orcia, check in our hotel in San Quirico d'Orcia. Dinner and overnight stay (B/L/D)
We begin today’s excursion by foot. As we depart from the hotel, we cross the typical “Crete Senesi” landscape, heading up and down the hills along a countryside dirt road affording picture perfect vistas of the Orcia Valley, with ancient farmhouses, wheat fields, and grazing sheep. We walk along the Orcia valley then across open farmland to Pienza. This UNESCO site is of outstanding universal value as it represents the first application of the Renaissance Humanist concept of urban design, and as such occupies a seminal position in the development of the concept of the planned 'ideal town' which was to play a significant role in subsequent urban development in Italy and beyond. The application of this principle in Pienza, and in particular in the group of buildings around the central square, resulted in a masterpiece of human creative genius. After walking in Pienza, we transfer to Bagno Vignoni, with its Roman thermal baths in central piazza. These baths were well enjoyed by Popes and Nobility, who came here to “take the waters”. After wandering the village, we transfer to San Quirico d'Orcia. Dinner is not included. Overnight in San Quirico d'Orcia. (B/L/-)
We start with a short transfer to Monticchiello, a charming medieval village fairly well preserved throughout the centuries. You can discover it by losing yourself in its streets, stunning houses made of stones, little squares and towers. We start from Monticchiello on a beautiful walk to the centre of the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wine district via the church of San Biagio. Montepulciano, the biggest town of the Chiana Valley is famous for its “vino Nobile” that you just have to taste in the 15th century cellars in the old city centre. The town is an architectural jewel with its magnificent Renaissance palaces, narrow streets and brick buildings. After visiting Montepulciano we say goodbye to Tuscany and head south into Umbria, the “Green Heart of Italy.” Umbria is rich in natural treasures with a history of great and ancient civilizations. We transfer to Orvieto, check in and enjoy dinner in our hotel in Orvieto. Meals (B,L,D)
Orvieto is home to its famous Cathedral, a work of architecture and religious harmony among the most important in Italy, within a very well-preserved medieval town centre. After the visit of the town centre we start hiking in the direction of Bolsena. Through woods of oak and wild boars, hills and fields we reach the old town of Bolsena and its castle. Known for the miracle of Corpus Domini, the town developed on the banks of the beautiful lake of volcanic origin. Overnight and dinner in Hotel in Bolsena. Dinner and overnight in our hotel. Meals (B,L,D)
After breakfast we take a short transfer to reach Civita di Bagnoreggio, with a population of only 20 people and access limited to a pedestrian footbridge, the town is a unique destination and a stop in Italy itineraries for travelers going between Rome and Tuscany. The main entrance is a huge stone passageway, cut by the Etruscans 2,500 years ago and decorated in the 12th century with a Romanesque arch. Passing through the portal, you enter another world — one stuck in the Middle Ages. You can feel history in the smooth cobblestones under your feet. Lunch stop in a typical trattoria of the Civita. In the afternoon we transfer to Rome for a special walking trip in the most beautiful parks of capital. From Villa Ada to Villa Borghese till the famous Spanish Steeps, a perfect welcome to the Eternal City. Check in at the hotel and dinner in a local trattoria. Meals (B,L,D)
The Via Appia Antica in the south of Rome may or may not be the oldest road in the world (it was built in the 4th century B.C. to allow Roman soldiers a quick passage to the republic’s southern colonies in the event that they were threatened), but it is certainly its most storied: it was along the Via Appia where Spartacus and his rebel army were crucified, it was where the Apostle Paul walked on his historic mission to Rome and it was also where Saint Peter ran away from his persecutors – only to turn around when called upon by God to walk back to Rome and face his martyrdom. We will spend our final morning walking (or bicycling) the old Appian Way, the magic atmosphere of this park South of Rome. In the afternoon we enjoy a special cooking class to prepare traditional Italian dishes and enjoy the final dinner with our fellow friends. Overnight in Hotel in Rome. Meals (B,L,D)
After the last breakfast together, we individually depart to the Rome Fiumicino Airport. Meals (B/-/-)
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