A self-guided hike through the southern Tuscan hills, staying at the best renaissance towns - Siena, Montalcino, Bagno Vignoni, Pienza, Montepulciano. Vist the Abbeys of Monte Oliveti and Sant' Antimo, taste local cuisine and Tuscan wines.
Grade: Medium or easy-medium
Southern Tuscany - Renaissance hilltop towns and classic wines
The Tuscan landscape at its most evocative – rolling hills protected by dramatic hilltop villages, whose very stones reek of medieval power struggles and intrigue. And to assist in the consideration of these issues, two fine red wines, the rich Brunello di Montalcino and the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, with their vineyards at the heart of our walk. From Siena, through Montalcino, the Abbey of Sant’ Antimo, Bagno Vignoni and its ancient thermal baths, Pienza and a final walk up from the church of San Biagio to the cathedral at Montepulciano. We recommend extra nights in most places to explore the treasures of these towns as well as to relax and to eat and drink well. Walked by On Foot staff: Simon and Debbie
Standard option (as per "Itinerary"): 7 nights, but why not stay extra nights in the hilltop towns and make your progress more leisurely?
6 nights (miss night 1 in Siena and travel straight to Buonconvento);
5 nights (miss nights 1 (Siena) and 4 (second Montalcino night) – miss days 2 and 4 (Sant' Antimo) walking.
4 nights stay Montalcino, Bagno Vignoni, Pienza and Montepulciano, walk days 5, 6 and 7