Walking Across Europe is superb so get on your walking boots to see the region at its very best and really get away from it all.
This 9-night walking holiday leads you on an independent adventure along Sicily’s stunning eastern coast, taking in some of the islands’ most precious jewels: from the spectacular Greek Theatre of Taormina to the immense and impressive Mount Etna – the largest active volcano in Europe!
One of the best things about the islands of Sicily is that there are lots of opportunities to hop between the extremely varied landscapes of the Aeolian Islands.
Panoramic coastal footpaths; dramatic lava trails; natural bubbling mud baths make for some very interesting walks and the beautiful and fascinating scenery doesn’t stop there; Sulphurous smouldering green craters, molten red lava skies, black sand beaches, secluded bays all complete one of the most spectacular place to visit in not only Italy but possibly the world.
Wonderfully varied hotels run by proud and passionate people allow you to really rest up for the forthcoming days adventures.
Guided excursions up Etna and Stromboli are also included.
9 night, hotel-to-hotel, self-guided walking. Departing Selected Sundays from 7 Apr ’13 to 20 Oct ’13
Day 1 – Arrive in Catania
Day 2 – Catania to Lipari
Day 3 – At Lipari 11km/7mi/4.5hr
Day 4 – At Vulcano 7km/4.7mi/3hr
Day 5 – Lipari to Stromboli
Day 6 – At Stromboli 8km/4.8mi/4hr
Day 7 – Stromboli to Taormina
Day 8 – At Taormina 4km/3mi/3hr
Day 9 – Mount Etna 12km/8mi/5hr
Day 10 – Leave Catania
Hotel Agathae , Catania (3 Star)
Hotel Rocce Azzurre, Lipari (3 Star)
Hotel Ossidiana, Stromboli (3 star)
Hotel Del Corso, Taormina (3 star)
Rome, possibly one of the most famous and popular cities on the planet, and a walkers paradise. Right from the beginning of your holiday you are treated like royalty as you arrive at your hotel; a converted palace in central Orvieto, less than a 5 minute walk from the frescoed cathedral and just yards from colourful local restaurants.
Drop into Santa Cristina church before climbing into meadows of wildflowers. Emerge from Parco di Turona oak forest into sunlight to join the Via Cassia – an original Roman road lined with peaches, nectarines and blackberries. Montefiascone looks more like a fortress than a town as you approach – the panoramic views from the hotel roof terrace are great and make for the perfect wind-down place for you to relax at the end of your day!
Lively streets below the Spanish Steps take you past the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Castel Sant’ Angelo, leading directly up to St Peter’s Basilica; quite the impressive list of places to visit whilst in Rome you’ll agree. A visit to the beautiful Vatican and Sistine Chapel (where you can witness first-hand the brilliance of Michelangelo’s work on the beautiful ceiling, makes for a perfect end to the Orvieto to Rome walk.
Day 1 – Arrive in Orvieto
Day 2 – Orvieto to Bolsena 16km/10mi/5hr
Day 3 – Bolsena to Montefiascone 16km/10mi/5hr
Day 4 – Montefiascone to Viterbo 18km/11mi/5.5hr
Day 5 – In Viterbo
Day 6 – Viterbo to Vetralla 14km/9mi/4hr
Day 7 – Vetralla to Capranica 14km/9mi/4hr
Day 8 – Vetralla to St Peter’s Basilica, rome 5km/3mi/1.5hr
Day 9 – Leave rome
This holiday uncovers the glorious final stages of the pilgrimage that was first completed by the Archbishop of Canterbury back in 990AD, when he walked to Rome and back to receive his Papal appointment in person. Journey between Orvieto in Umbria to Rome, and along the way, the Via Francigena follows Roman roads, rural tracks and country lanes that link a string of central Italy’s loveliest fortified hilltop towns. Each walking day offers superb panoramas of only the best views of Italy, which if we’re honest, is pretty much all of it: Orvieto perched atop steep volcanic cliffs, Bolsena’s castle mirrored in the still lake below, and Montefiascone’s cathedral bells chiming across wide river valleys.
This walking holiday is a stunner! A hotel-to-hotel walking holiday, you explore the timeless countryside between picturesque Volterra and the soaring towers of San Gimignano. You’ll feel as though you’re strolling through history as you effortlessly discover sleepy hilltop hamlets crowning sun dappled hills making for postcard-perfect views, verdant vineyards and panoramic picnic spots in fields ablaze with sunflowers, giving the walker a real taste of the Italian country.
Explore scenic walking on Etruscan trails and pilgrims’ paths; whilst you wander through the hills and vineyards, witness a country with wildlife in abundance.
Quintessential Italian landscapes: rolling hills, sunflowers, endless vines and hilltop hamlets are what you can expect on this holiday; this is for the relaxed walker, not the high mountain explorer; but with views like these and optional day trips to the ‘Super Tuscans’: Florence, Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano!, anyone can enjoy it her on the Chianti Classic Walk.
During you stay you will spend your nights at some exceptionally friendly family-run hotels, all with gorgeous swimming pools for that long deserved rest and relax at the end of a hard day walking around the beautiful Italian countryside. And don’t for a minute forget about the mouth-watering local cuisine; world famous wines on offer wherever you go!
Day 1 – Arrive in Volterra
Day 2 – Volterra to Casole d’Elsa 18.5km/12mi/5hr
Day 3 – At Casole d’Elsa
Day 4 – Casole d’Elsa to Colle di Val d’Elsa 19km/12mi/5hr
Day 5 – At Colle di Val d’Elsa
Day 8 -Colle di Val d’Elsa to SanDonato 17km/11mi/4.5hr
Day 9 – At San Donato
Day 10 – San Donato to Volterra 20km/13mi/6.5hr
Day 11 – Leave Volterra
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