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"Walk the beautiful Pilgrim Route of Italy"

based from a genuine farmhouse in Tuscany

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Casa Quintino is a lovingly restored old farmhouse situated above a hidden valley in the depths of rural Tuscany. It was built over 300 years ago on the site of a hermitage, where monks quarried travertine stone. We have combined the ancient mood of the site with modern comfort to offer you the deep tranquility of unspoiled countryside. It is a haven of peace, with no made made sounds or sights on the edge of the Parco Benessere (Wellbeing Park) - the original arcadia.

We are 25 minutes drive from both Volterra and San Gimignano, the most admired hill top town in Italy. Our nearest village is Gambassi Terme, the center of the Via Francigena, in Tuscany where the ancient pilgrims travelled to the Holy Land. . We are also exactly in the center of the Renaissance cultural triangle, one hour equidistant from Pisa, Florence and Siena. To the east, we are a one hour drive to the long sandy beaches of the Etruscan coast, the gateway to the islands of Elba and Giglio.
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Casa Quintino is not a 'Tourist Villa' but a simple unpretenious Refugio, appealling most to nature lovers who are seeking a break from urban life. The remote situation provides long views over rolling hills to Volterra on the skyline. In the evening the moon rise can be seen from the patio, and stars are extraordinary in the deep velvety night where in spring the only sound is the call of the nightingale. It is a nature lover's delight with the birdsong of cuckoos and African hoopo whilst deer, foxes, porcupines and wild boar regularly visit the ancient spring in the evenings.

Our best review put it like this:
"This is where Tuscan dreams come true! It is a beautiful country house in typical Tuscan style in an authentic setting not far from great sights, such as San Gimignano, Siena, Monteriggioni, Florence, etc. A car is a prerequisite for approaching the property! The hosts are warm, friendly and very helpful. They have a special story about the creation of the country house. I would have liked to spend more time with them! Everything is perfect and happy again!'

The Via Francigena - the Pilgrim way through Tuscany

'Ambling in Arcadia' is a special package tailor made for your group, which offers 5 days of walking along the Pilgrims Route, interspersed with 5 days of visits to local places of Interest, with the Italian speaking South African proprieter of Casa Quintino who will enable you to get an insider experience of Tuscany.

We tailor make the length of your walk to suit your group with a reliable back up and local knowledge to ensure strong walkers get the best out of the trip whilst enabling the less fit walkers to enjoy part of the route.

We split the 3 stages over a five day of hikes with between 12 - 20 kms walk per day (3-6 hours) in the most beautiful part of Tuscany.

Between days of hiking we offer offer optional excursions of your own chosing: to Volterra, the capital of Etruscans, to see Rennaissance Florence or a day of pizza and pasta making or a lessor known scramble through the local forest to see a hermits cave and a medieval theme park of minature replicas to the churches of Jerusalem at the Monastry of San Vivaldo. If you fancy a bit of pampering to ease the effect of your hiking, you can also visit the ancient Thermal Spa at Gambassi Terme for beauty treatments or the glamourous swimming pools at Castel Falfi, with nearby golf course.

Suggested Itinerary which can be modified to your preferences:

Day 1: Explore Etruscan Volterra / pizza making
Day 2: Hike 1: from Pieve a Coiano to Gambassi Terme
Day 3: Hike 2: from Gambassi to San Gimignano
Day 4: Tour of Renaissance Florence & Roman Fiesole
Day 5: HIke 3: from San Gimignano to Gracciano
Day 6. Scramble to a Hermit’s Cave and visit to a Spa
Day 7. Hike 4: from Pieve a Elsa to Monteriggioni
Day 8. Free day with shopping and evening in Medieval San Gimignano
Day 9. Hike 5: Monteriggioni to Siena for evening meal
Day 10: Visit Tower of Pisa and depart on evening flight

Casa Quintino is ideally situated between the three most beautiful stages of the Via Francignena, enabling you to travel light with only a day pack, and return each evening to the comfort of our lovely old farmhouse for a convivial evening barbeque with your group.

With a drop-off each day and pick-up at different points, you can enjoy the choicest parts of the route, avoiding the hot tarred roads or boring urban sprawl between the unspoilt countryside.

COSTS:
Euro 400 per person only for the accomodation.
The price does not include flights, food or local transport

Book your Ambling in Arcadia:
This is a one-off unique offer for the Spring of 2019 especially to existing walking groups in South Africa.

9th — 18th April 2020 (Easter)
21st — 30th April 2020
3rd — 12th May 2020
15th — 24th May 2020

Gather a group of six friends and email your request to book a ten day tour
Attention: Juliet Waterkeyn
email: bookings@lovingtuscany.com

Download the brochure here

Tuscan Walking Holidays 10 Day Itinerary

DAY 1- VOLTERRA
Volterra
  • 9 am: Briefing Meeting
  • 10 am: depart for Volterra:
  • 10.30 - Introductory tour of the walled town
  • Lunch: Andrea Boccelli's lookout bar
  • 2.30 - Shopping for food for the week
  • 3.30 - Casa Quintino
  • - Free afternoon / evening
  • DAY 2- VIA FRANCIGENA 30A
    Volterra
  • 6 am: Leave for San Miniato
  • 7 am:Total Length of walk:
  • Walking time: 4 hours
  • Uphill altitude difference: 400m
  • Downhill difference: 220m
  • Challenge Rating: Average
  • Pick up: Santo Stefano
  • DAY 3- VIA FRANCIGENA (30B).
    Gambassi Terme
    • Departure: Pieve a Coiano
    • Total Length of walk: 12 km
    • Walking time: 4 hours
    • Uphill altitude difference: 400m
    • Downhill difference: 220m
    • Challenge Rating: Average
    • Pick up: Gambassi Terme
    DAY 4- VIA FRANCIGENA (31)
    San Gimignano
  • Departure: Gambassi Terme
  • Total Length of walk: 13.31 km
  • Walking time: 4 hours
  • Uphill altitude difference: 344m
  • Downhill difference: 329m
  • Challenge Rating:easy
  • Pick up: 3pm San Gimignano
  • DAY 5- PIZZA & PASTA DAY
    Florence
    • 10.00 Leave for Volterra
    • Making Pasta and Pizza
    • Eating your own Pizza
    • 3pm Casa Quintino
    • 7pm Castel Falfi for sundowner
    • *pm Local Taverna - best lasagne in Tuscany
    DAY 6- VIA FRANCIGENA (32A)
    Gracciano
  • Departure: San Gimignano
  • Total Length:18.6 kms
  • Walking time: 5 hours
  • Uphill altitude difference: 550m
  • Downhill difference: 610m
  • Challenge Rating: demanding
  • Pick up: Gracciano
  • DAY 7- VIA FRANCIGENA (32.B)
    Monteriggioni
    • Departure: Pieve a Elsa
    • Total Length:12.8 kms
    • Walking time: 4 hours
    • Uphill altitude difference: 460m
    • Downhill difference: 400m
    • Challenge Rating: medium
    • Pick up: Monteriggioni
    DAY 8- VIA FRANCIGENA (33)
    Siena
    • Departure: Moniteriggioni
    • Total Length:15 - 20.6 kms
    • Walking time: 3 - 5 hours
    • Uphill altitude difference: 300 m
    • Downhill difference: 250 m
    • Challenge Rating: Medium
    • Evening meal: Siena
    DAY 9- FLORENCE
    Arrival at Casa Quintino
    • Breakfast: 8 am:
    • Drive to Florence:1 hour
    • Piazza Michaelangelo
    • Ponte Vecchio Bargello
    • Santa Croce & Duomo
    • San Lorenzo & Medici Chapel
    • Fiesole
    DAY 10 - PISA
    Pisa
    • Departure: 9 am
    • Drive to Pisa: one hour
    • Visit Campo di Miracoli
    • Leaning Tower
    • Flight
    CONTINUE THE VIA FRANCEGINA
    Departure
    • 35.Siena to Arbia
    • 36. San Quirico
    • 37. Radicofani
    • 38. Acquapendente
    • 39. Bolsena
    • 40. Montefiascone
    • 41.Viterbo
    • 42. Vetralla
    • 43. Campagnano
    • 44. La Storta
    • 45.\Roma

     

     

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