Etruscan Mysteries – Pitigliano and the south of Tuscany
From Orvieto to the Tyrrhenian Sea
Maremma is the new frontier of fashionable tourism in Tuscany. Before the last war it used to be a marshy,forgotten by gods land. But once the drying of the marshes was completed it gave birth to a flourishing agriculture. In the past decades it has also been discovered by tourism and by wine makers. Its beaches have replaced Viareggio in the “In” crowd and the hinterland with its olive trees covered hills and its medieval boroughs is an uncrowded, unspoilt yet magically beautiful land. It is also the land of the Etruscans, the mysterious population that, before the Romans, colonised central Italy. Monumental tombs and sacred roads carved in the soft, golden “Tufo” rocks are hidden treasures to be discovered and towns such as Pitigliano and Sorano are an amazing view in the setting sun. Last, but not least, the Morellino di Scansano and the Montecucco are becoming part of wine list in fashionable restaurants.
Holiday TypeHiking Holidays
Activity Level Moderate
>Pitigliano and Sovana
> Etruscan Tumbs and Necropolis
> Saturiano hot pools
> Uccellina Park
HOW DOES IT WORK:
We transfer your luggage
Just leave it at the reception desk with your name tag and you will find it at your next accommodation.
We book your hotels
We will book double rooms with private bathrooms in 2* or 3* hotels orxb&b or country Inns.
We supply detailed route notes and maps
At your choice, the route notes can be in English, Italian, French or German and GPS maps
- 7 Nights Accommodation
- All Breakfast ( Dinners on Demand )
- Luggage transfer
- Road Book & Maps
- Emergency number 24/7
I just wanted to let you know that we had a great time on our recent self guided tour of Southern Tuscany. We loved the walk, the accommodation, and the people, and the lack of crowds – and I think you may have some friends of ours join you next year.
Day 1 – Arrival in Orvieto
Orvieto is less than 1h30 from Rome . Reach the town by your own means – Visit this beautiful town, with its superb Duomo, its underground voults and its medieval churches. Night in a centrally located 4 stars hotel.One of our representative will pick you up at your hotel and after a short briefing about the tour, will transfer you to Pitigliano one of the “Tufo” towns perched on a high cliff.
Day 2 – Pitigliano and Sovana
On the way you will visit Civita di Bagnoregio, a ghost town, part of the Unesco world heritage. Pitigliano is a medieval town with Etruscan origins and it host the oldest Juish getto in Italy. After a tour of town, start walking towards Sovana along one of the “vie cave” which are ceremonial routes literally carved in the soft tufo rock, man carved canyons – Night in Sovana
Day 3 – Sovana surroundings
Sovana itself is a beautiful little town with 2 very old churches well worth visiting and a few articraft boutiques. Within short walking distance there are two of the most impressive Etruscan burial sites with monumental tombs almost thee thousand years old. In the afternoon you can catch a bus to the near town of Sorano – Same hotel
Day 4 – Sovana – Saturnia – km 14
A pleasant daay among soft hills and oak woods to reach Saturnia, a thermal place among the most famous in Tuscany une Your « Agritourismo » (which means country Inn), where you are staying has its own hot water swimming pool. A dream after a tiring walking day !
Day 5 – Saturnia loop – Km 11
A relaxing day ! aftera short walk you can soak in the milky water of the Cascate del Mulino. Entrance is free and there is a small restaurant close by. Do not forget your swimming suite !
Day 6 – Saturnia – Manciano
A peaceful landscape, unfolding through olive and chestnut trees and Mesiterranean bushes and ending among vineyards. It is a fairly long day and one can stop in Montemerano for lunch . The agritourism where you spend the night is an organic farm and they will serve supper with their produce.(optional)
LAND OF MORELLINO
Day 7- Semproniano to Manciano
A softer landscape for this last day. Mediterranean bushes, chestnut trees and olive and vineyards and farmland where sheeps graze peacefully. You will be walking to a nice agriturismo in the middle of rich farmland.
THE MARINE PARK
Day 8 – Manciano Uccellina park
Transfer to your “ agriturismo in the heart of the Parco dell’Uccellina. Spend the day relaxing near the sea or hike on a loop inside the park among scented bushes and maritime pine trees, il view of the sea.
Night at an agriturismo inside the park.
Day 1 – Orvieto
Day 2 – Sovana
Day 3 – Saturnia
Day 4 – Saturnia ( second night )
Day 5 – Manciano
Day 6 – Alberese