From Piazza della Signoria to Piazza del Campo,
a trek to join two of the most important Tuscan cities from historical and
artistic point of view: Florence, the city of Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Dante and Brunelleschi, and
Siena, native land of the "Palio". These
two jewels have in common the fact that they belong to one of the most
famous areas of Tuscany. You will walk through the Chianti-region along paths
and quiet country roads surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. The
typical Chianti landscape is hilly, varied and colourful. Here the famous
Chianti wines are produced since Etruscan time. Nature offers fabulous and
colourful sceneries: red poppies, violet wild irises, yellow brooms and
deep green of firs and cypresses. You will cross the medieval villages:
Greve, Volpaio, Gaiole and Radda. Another highpoint of this tour will be
the lovely town of Siena, famous for its Palio, piazza del Campo and
arrival in Florence,
free time to visit the magnificent city of art, a real open-air
museum. The city of Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, Giotto,
Dante and Brunelleschi, it pervades your soul with wonder at
your first visit, but it is indeed capable of offering precious
surprises and new treasures to all the people who like to come
breakfast, you leave Florence and take the bus to Greve. There are 10 departures during the
day (travel time about 1 hr) Greve is situated 31 km of Florence.
It was always an important town, because of its market, where the
inhabitants of the surrounding villages went to sell their
products and to do shopping. The Franciscan monastery, still
located in the heart of the old town, is now a museum of
religious art with many paintings from the 14th and 15th
Today you can already make a short walk through the area of
Greve, passing the Castello di Uzzano (a mansion). Overnight in
a holiday farm with B&B.
time: about 3 hrs; Distance: 11,1 km; Level
Differences: max. height 414m and min. height 229m
walk in the surroundings of Greve
you make a round trip from Greve. You walk through the beautiful
hills to Badia a Passignano and pass the castle
to which once belonged Greve. Here houses are very
characteristic built against the city wall. After the house of
the painter Il Passignano (1559-1636) you reach the Badia a
Passignano, a former 11th century Dominican abbey. Then you
return back to Greve. Overnight in your holiday farm.
Walking time: about 4 ½ hours; Distance: 17 km; Level
differences: max. height 526m and 230m height min.
San Michele - Radda in Chianti
breakfast, you have a transfer to Monte San Michele, the highest
mountain in Tuscany
(829m). Here continues your walk through the famous wine-region
Chianti. You walk to the medieval Radda along trails and quiet
country roads, zigzagging through the scenic landscape. The
route descends to Volpaia, an enchanting wine village dating
back to the 11th century. It has only one street
running around the castle. One last short but steep climb
and you reach the beautiful Radda, a well-preserved medieval
town with characteristic alleys, cosy squares and still
surrounded by ancient walls. There is much to see, such as the
city palace "Palazzo del Podesta ', the San Niccolò
Church, the sacred art museum and convent of Santa
Maria in Prato.
An ideal town for an evening on a terrace!
time: about 4 hrs 15 min or 5 hrs 30 min; Distance:
14,8 km or 12,9 km
route in surroundings of Radda in Chianti
a walk through the surroundings of Radda, among the vineyards of
Vertine, a lovely village from the 11th century, which today is
an important wine center in the Chianti region. Then you follow
the route to the medieval Gaiole, where you could take a break.
The route crosses the hills and you have repeatedly stunning
views of Radda. The landscapes reveal the charming and
variegated nature of this unique countryside.
time: 6 hrs 30 min; distance:
- Vagliagli (3 or on Sundays 5 hrs). By bus to Siena
Radda, you continue your walk through the heart of Chianti,
where wines are already produced since Etruscan time’s wines.
The walk offers a unique and varied landscape. You will pass
typical Tuscan villages and lovely views over the rolling wine
country. At the end of the walk, take the bus (on Sunday from
Quercegrossa) to Siena.
Walking time: 4 h(+
on Sunday to take the bus in the next village Quercegrossa);
Distance: 13.5 km
Level differences: max. Height 525m and min height -300m
breakfast you are free to visit Siena,
the famous town of the Palio. Situated on a peculiar territory,
Siena is characterised by a quaint landscape, the city unrolls
in a continuous up and down of streets, where you can discover
the most notorious monuments, like the Buonsignori Palace, with
its National Picture Gallery, the white and dark green marble
decorated Dome, of which the construction started back in the twelfth century, the Piccolomini Library, the Baptistery and the
Museum of Metropolitan Opera, or you can simply enjoy a stroll
around Piazza del Campo and along the narrow streets, stopping
for a taste of Panforte and Ricciarelli in some of the several
typical confectioner’s shops.
of tour after breakfast
in this walking trip:
(upgrades are possible) and breakfast
on day 4
route descriptions of the itinerary in English
included in the tour:
bus transfers (standard version)
from 1 April till 1 November (other periods on request)
walking along trails and
quiet country roads in a hilly landscape. Some walking
experience is needed. Differences in level between 100m and
550m. Average walking time between 4 and 5hrs 30 per day.
It is advisable to have done
a little trekking
practice or a little training. Trekking height: between 100 and
550 mt, average duration of the stages between 3h30 and 5h00,
positive difference in height from 250 to 500 mt per day.