Walking in Tuscany

43 walks including Val d'Orcia, San Gimignano and the Isle of Elba

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9781852847128
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Published
11 Jan 2018
Edition
Fourth
Pages
240
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
Weight
270g

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Guidebook to 43 graded, mostly easy walks in Tuscany. Taking in the Renaissance splendour of Florence and Siena, the World Heritage scenery of Val d'Orcia and San Gimignano and the stunning island of Elba, the routes use historical pathways used by traders, pilgrims and armies, and include some brief, trouble-free climbs/descents.

Seasons Seasons
Tuscany's mild climate makes it suitable all year round: spring and autumn can be divine; summer months are sometimes hot and hazy at low altitude, and that's when the higher altitudes come into their own
Centres Centres
Florence, Fiesole, Siena, Elba, San Quirico d'Orcia, Pienza, Montepulciano, Cortona, Montalcino, Radda in Chianti, Volterra, San Gimignano, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Abetone, Pitigliano, Chiusi della Verna
Difficulty Difficulty
mostly easy walking; clear paths (not all waymarked), some with brief, trouble-free climbs/descents
Must See Must See
medieval hamlets, Medici villas, Renaissance towns, Etruscan remains, unspoilt coastline, nature parks; magnificent forests and monasteries in the Casentino National Park above Arezzo, the wild Alpi Apuane and Apennine ridge, little-known Montalbano and Pratomagno, the hills of Chianti and World Heritage scenery of Val d'Orcia and San Gimignano; superb Tuscan food and memorable wines
ISBN
9781852847128
Availability
Published
Published
11 Jan 2018
Edition
Fourth
Pages
240
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
Weight
270g
  • Overview

    A guidebook to walks in the Italian region of Tuscany. 43 graded routes range from 2.5 to 18km, and take in the Renaissance splendour of Florence and Siena, the World Heritage scenery of Val d'Orcia and San Gimignano and the stunning island of Elba. Alongside detailed route descriptions and clear mapping there is essential practical information on public transport and food and drink, as well as a comprehensive list of accommodation, and a useful Italian–English glossary. The guide is packed with interesting details about the area’s wildlife, landscape, culture and history, making it a perfect companion to getting to know this beautiful region.

    Tuscany is justifiably renowned for its glorious landscapes. Romantic hilltop villages clinging to rolling hills contrast with dense forests, rugged mountains and long, sandy beaches. This is a region that resonates with history - Etruscan remains, Medici villas, Renaissance towns and landscapes that inspired Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Dante. Add in the climate and superb food and wine and you have a perfect walking destination.

  • Contents

    Contents
    Introduction
    Exploring Tuscany
    Plants and flowers
    Wildlife
    Getting there
    Local transport
    Information
    When to go
    Accommodation
    Food and wine
    What to take
    Maps
    Emergencies
    Using this guide
    The walks
    1 The environs of Florence
    Walk 1 Fiesole to Settignano
    Walk 2 Around Artimino
    Walk 3 The hills of Vinci
    2 The foothills and high Apennines
    Walk 4 Collodi and Pescia
    Walk 5 Le Piastre to Pontepetri
    Walk 6 Lago Scaffaiolo
    Walk 7 Libro Aperto
    Walk 8 San Pellegrino and Giro del Diavolo
    Walk 9 Monte Prado
    3 Alpi Apuane
    Walk 10 Monte Forato loop
    Walk 11 Monte Croce
    Walk 12 Around Monte Procinto
    4 Pratomagno and the Foreste Casentinesi
    Walk 13 Vallombrosa
    Walk 14 Monte Falco, Monte Falterona, Lago degli Idoli
    Walk 15 Eremo di Camaldoli loop
    Walk 16 Monte Penna
    Walk 17 Cortona
    5 Chianti
    Walk 18 Gaiole and Badia a Coltibuono
    Walk 19 Castellina to Radda in Chianti
    Walk 20 Volpaia loop
    Walk 21 Poggio San Polo
    6 West of Siena
    Walk 22 Sovicille loop
    Walk 23 Monteriggioni circuit
    Walk 24 San Gimignano
    Walk 25 Volterra to Saline di Volterra
    7 The Crete and Val d’Orcia
    Walk 26 Chiusure and San Giovanni d’Asso
    Walk 27 Montalcino to Sant’Antimo
    Walk 28 San Quirico d’Orcia to Pienza
    Walk 29 San Quirico d’Orcia to Bagno Vignoni
    Walk 30 Bagno Vignoni circuit
    Walk 31 Montepulciano loop
    Walk 32 Radicofani
    8 Elba and the Tyrrhenian coast
    Walk 33 The Enfola promontory
    Walk 34 Marciana Marina circuit
    Walk 35 Marciana to Pomonte
    Walk 36 Porto Azzurro
    Walk 37 Baratti and the Populonia headland
    Walk 38 Campiglia Marittima–Suvereto circuit
    9 The Maremma coast and hinterland
    Walk 39 Le Torri loop
    Walk 40 San Rabano circuit
    Walk 41 Feniglia
    Walk 42 Pitigliano to Sovana
    Walk 43 Sorano to San Quirico

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Italian–English glossary
    Appendix C Accommodation
    Appendix D Useful information
    Appendix E Further reading

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Gillian Price

Gillian Price was born in England but has lived in Venice for many years. Gillian has steadily explored the mountain ranges of Italy, and Corsica, and brought them to life for visitors in a series of outstanding guides for Cicerone. She is an active member of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) and Mountain Wilderness.

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