The landscape and history of Italy hint of adventure hidden in the hills of Tuscany and along the trails of Cinque Terre. Your custom tailored tour will introduce you to the everyday beauty of La Dolce Vita on the paths that crisscross the countryside. Uncover seductive wines in secluded vineyards and wander through shaded olive groves to reach pristine views of the Ligurian coast. Explore preserved medieval villages and climb to the top of antique towers as your active tour will embody...
Volterra – Welcome to the Charming and Historical Town of Volterra
Tuscany is famous for its lush rolling hills, vast vineyards, and towering cypress trees as country roads lead to enchanting preserved medieval towns. Your flight will arrive at Florence International Airport, and your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim to escort you into the Tuscan countryside. The sunlight spreads across the verdant olive trees as emerald vineyards blanket the hills as the scent of succulent oaks and herbaceous plains fill the air. Your guide will meet you at the head of a small trail that leads to Volterra as your transfer continues to town with your luggage. You will continue on the trail for an easy walk that will allow you to bask in the beauty of the landscape and stretch your legs after the flight.
Stone farmhouses rise out of the growing stalks, and your guide will have you grab a dangling olive to feel its plumpness and coarse texture. The town of Volterra rises above the cypress and oak trees on the hillside as you will reach the imposing walls that protect the medieval city, a structure matched in drama only by the remaining historical towers that create a stone skyline. Etruscans settled the province before the Romans overtook Tuscany in the 3rd century BC as the cobblestone lanes and studded walls were built between the 14th and 16th centuries. Wander through the Etruscan Museum for perspective on the 3,000-year-old history of settlements on the hillside with galleries that exhibit funerary urns, ceramics, and gold jewelry.
Volterra – Delight in a Hike around the Tuscan Olive Groves and Vineyards
Riomaggiore – Arrive in Cinque Terre and Venture along the Famous Paths
Riomaggiore – Traverse the Trails of Portofino National Park and Portofino
Colle – Enjoy the Village of Colle and the Towers of San Gimignano
Siena – Discover Siena and Wander along Chianti during a Wine Tour
Siena – Follow Via Romea around the Tuscan Countryside to Fonterutoli
Siena – Depart for Home
- Relish the fresh air and the enchanting landscape during magnificent hikes across the hills of Tuscany and coastal promontories of Cinque Terre
- Trek the paths of Portofino National Park to discover a lavish array of wild flora, from asparagus to strawberries, growing near the coastal cliffs
- Indulge in the creamy texture and abundant flavor of gelato on a private gelato tour in the historical town center of Siena
- Sample Tuscan wines on a private estate outside the city walls of Siena during a walking tour of city center and bordering countryside
- Enjoy the serene preserved medieval streets of Volterra and San Gimignano
- Delight in the sea breeze during a private boat ride along the Mediterranean Sea
- Trek portions of the historical Via Romea, a pilgrimage route that connects France to Rome
- Enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Tuscany when walking along the banks of the Cecina River
- Climb to the top of Torre Grossa in San Gimignano for an unadulterated panoramic view of central Tuscany
Tuscany and Liguria entice visitors from across Italy and around the world with promises of ancient relics, medieval charms, and inspiring nature. Your 8-day tour will combine hiking and culture in a way that is perfect for explorers, adventurers, and history lovers. The journey will begin as your flight lands at Florence International Airport. Your private transfer will escort you to a trailhead to meet your guide. Stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh Tuscan air with an easy introductory walk along the countryside to the medieval hill town of Volterra, which enchants visitors with its ancient foundations and preserved antique district.
The next day, you will traverse the country trails outside of Volterra to visit the farmhouses, olive groves, cypress trees, and oak forests near the hamlet of Ulignano before returning to Volterra to enjoy the town’s traditions. The following day, you have a private transfer to the coastal town of Riomaggiore, one of the five towns of Cinque Terre. Explore the medieval seaside streets before you embark on the trails that connect each town along the shoreline. Board a private boat the next morning to reach the secluded Abbey of San Fruttuoso located inside Portofino National Park.
Wander the trails through the national park to enjoy the glorious views and wild flora before you reach the beautiful Italian Riviera town of Portofino. Continue the next day as you return to Tuscany to visit the town of towers at San Gimignano for a stroll along the medieval streets. Enjoy a panoramic view from Torre Grossa before you take the ancient trail Via Francigena to the town of Colle. The next day, you will venture to Siena for a full day tour of the medieval streets, the lavish Cathedral, the charming churches, and the delectable vineyards found on the outskirts of town.
Explore the Chianti Hills around the ancient pilgrimage route of Via Romea the next day and stop in the villages, hamlets, and towns that rise out of the countryside before you return to Siena. To conclude, your private transfer will meet you at your hotel in Siena ready to take you to Florence International Airport for your flight home. You could also extend your stay and continue your adventure through Italy at a pace that allows you to indulge in the sweet life of Italian culture and tradition.
$2,859 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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