Hiking and Cultural Adventures on Italy's Ancient Trails

Rome and Tuscany Private Journey

Italy

7 Days

From $5,695

Overview

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    Overview

    You'll get an “insider” view of the unrivalled heritage of Rome and sublime beauty of Tuscany on this delightful private journey. With your own private guide, head out on foot to see Rome's lesser-known sites, hike an ancient Roman road, and discover the treasures of Tivoli, where Roman emperors built lavish villas. Moving to the heart of Tuscany, you'll be based in the phenomenal medieval city of San Gimignano, a World Heritage Site. It's the perfect base for village-to-village hikes across Tuscany's luminous landscape, familiar from a thousand Renaissance paintings, with its rolling vineyards, olive groves, rows of cypresses, and backdrop of hill-perched medieval towns. Every day, you'll have your choice of activities so you can tailor the day to your own taste, whether you want a deep dive into culture or a beautiful hike on an ancient trail. A fun add-on option includes a private cooking class at a local vineyard in San Gimignano, where you'll learn to make a typical Tuscan meal with fresh local ingredients. Your Trip Leader knows this land as home and will unlock its secrets for you!

    Arrive: Rome, Italy

    Depart: Florence, Italy

    Highlights

    • Enjoy a Trip Leader who knows all the hidden sites, best trails, and local delicacies!
    • Walk the Appian Way in the footsteps of the Roman legions
    • Visit the World Heritage Sites of Villa Adriana and Villa d'Este in the hills of Tivoli
    • Follow the ancient Francigena pilgrim trail from San Gimignano to the fortified village of Monteriggioni
    • Optional private cooking class with a Tuscan chef

    Overview

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      Stretch your legs on a full day's walk as your private guide brings you to some of Rome's most important sites as well as hidden sites that tell ancient stories. On the following days, choose cultural or hiking options, including a hike on the ancient Roman road called the Appian Way, a hike through Monte Catillo Nature Reserve to the top of Monte Catillo in the Apennine Mountains, and an out-of-town trip to explore Tivoli's fabulous Roman and Renaissance villas.

      Visit medieval Siena, with its famous shell-shaped main square, on your way to San Gimignano, a hilltop gem that makes the perfect base for your cultural and hiking options. For a cultural option, explore the walled city of Lucca, birthplace of Puccini, and Pisa, with its iconic Leaning Tower. Hiking options from San Gimignano bring you through olive groves in the Tuscan countryside with striking views of the San Gimignano towers, along the Via Francigena (pilgrim trail) to Monteriggioni, or along the Via del Sale, the medieval salt trade route, to the Etruscan town of Volterra. For an optional add-on, enjoy a private cooking class at a local vineyard near San Gimignano. Depart via Rome on Day 7.

    • Private cooking class at a vineyard near San Gimignano
    • Dates & Pricing

      Best months to go: January to December. For our Private Journeys, you choose your own group and your preferred dates. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: 25% of trip cost
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: 25% of trip cost
      90 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels
      • All meals included except 5 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Any activities and services described as an upgrade or optional

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Hotel Forum

      Rome, Italy

      Days 1-3 (3 nights)

      The location of the Hotel Forum can't be beat—it's right in the heart of Rome's centro historico, directly across the street from the Forum and just steps from the Colosseum and other monuments of the Eternal City. Watch Rome come to life in the morning...

      Hotel La Collegiata

      San Gimignano, Italy

      Days 4-6 (3 nights)

      Set in a beautiful park-like location just outside San Gimignano, this former 16th century convent for Capuchin friars and, later, a private family summer residence, is a wonderful retreat that retains an air of quiet elegance. Each of the 20 guest rooms rooms are individually decorated in Tuscan country style, but offer...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Gianluca Canalicchio

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated a Level 2-3 (Moderate) according to our trip grading system, and offers a choice of in-depth walking and cultural tours and easy to moderate optional hikes. This trip has a good blend of hiking and cultural exploration. The cultural walking tours will keep you on your feet for 4 to 6 hours over a mix of streets and stairs.
      Review Trip Level Details

      If you choose the hiking options, you must feel comfortable hiking 3 to 5 hours, with recent experience hiking five miles in a day. You need to be able to hike on uneven surfaces, occasionally downhill over loose rocks, so good balance is important. The hikes explore a mix of terrain, from dirt roads to paths across rolling hills to ancient stone staircases, which can be quite steep.

      The weather in Rome and Tuscany in late spring and early fall is usually very pleasant, with temperatures in the 70s°F (80s°F in Tuscany) during the day, and in the 50s°F and 60s°F at night. There can be cool breezes and occasional showers at any time during these seasons.

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: 25% of trip cost<br>90 days prior to departure: Balance<br><br><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: 25% of trip cost<br>90 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}