Our Walking Holidays in Tuscany
Spring & Autumn walking weeks in spellbinding landscapes
- The best hillwalking and rambling in Tuscany – organised walks and some self-guiding
- Stay at a gorgeous ‘agriturismo’ in the Val d’Orcia – enjoy exquisite food and wine
- Stylish en suite bedrooms, plus a little bit of wine tasting and optional cookery classes
“Tuscany is a world; Italy is a universe.
Five lifetimes would not be enough to explore it.“
Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun
And so to Tuscany. We simply could not resist it. It’s not one of our usual ‘off the beaten track’ destinations, but Tuscany is too good for you to miss out on. In spring and autumn, its temperate sunny climate is perfect for a walking holiday. As ever, we do it differently from the others and a Collett’s walking holiday in Tuscany will enchant you beyond your wildest dreams.
When trying to capture the essence of Tuscany, it is easy to see why travel writers dwell on the unassuming abundance of superlative art, architecture, culture, gastronomy and wine. These riches are hosted exquisitely by dreamy landscapes of terracotta farmhouses, idyllic villages, rolling hills, solitary cypress trees, immaculate olive groves – and many of our planet’s most culturally spellbinding towns and cities. But there is still more to savour. Frances Mayes wrote “Tuscany is a world; Italy is a universe. Five lifetimes would not be enough to explore it.” We believe the Val d’Orcia, our base here, is the icing on the cake. Our competitors tend to focus on northern Tuscany, so that big-hitting Florence, Siena and San Gimignano etc. are in easy striking distance, but the walking is unquestionably better in the south and you will be bewitched by local mediaeval towns, such as Montalcino (famous for its Brunello wine), Montepuluciano and Pienza. Siena is an hour away and it is easy to add a few days before or after your time with us so that you can explore other areas.
In its classically Tuscan location, our accommodation at Il Rigo is sure to warm your hearts. It is one of the area’s most characterful and beautifully-presented farmhouses (or Agriturismo), converted to guest accommodation in the most special and discerning way by its owners and our friends, Matthias and Luisa. If you like your food, you will be very happy here.
Now add the Collett’s factor: warm and welcoming hospitality from a dedicated team of four, always careful not to interfere but ever-present to take care of your every need and provide you with extensive local knowledge, whether you come here to self-guide or join organised walks. They deliver a well-researched and stunning walking programme (2 options daily) which will suit ramblers and hillwalkers alike, not to mention some special local touches and embellishments that will help you get the best out of an area, where culture and charm are so rife.
A Collett’s Walking Holiday in the Tuscan Hills
Dates in 2019
7 Nights – Saturday to Saturday
23rd March – 30th March
30th March – 6th April
6th April – 13th April
5th October – 12th October
12th October – 19th October
19th October – 26th October
26th October – 2nd November
We offer the following optional group walks free of charge daily – except Wednesdays:
Longer Walk – 600-800m ascent – 5-6 hours walking
Easier Ramble – 200-500m ascent – 3-4 hours walking
We can give you everything you require to do our walks on a self-guided basis
Accommodation at Il Rigo
An exquisite Italian Agriturismo with 14 en suite bedrooms in 2 converted farmhouses.
Half-board includes breakfast and a 4 course dinner with wine
Complimentary wine tasting on Sunday evenings
Packed lunches available daily at €7
Bed, Breakfast & 4 course dinner with wine
Optional participation in 1 of 2 organised walks every day except Wednesdays
Collett’s transport to and from organised walks – when required
All you need to self-guide; extensive information on places of interest
Wine tasting on Sunday evenings
Flights & Airport Transfers
Travel & Transport
Fly-drive via Pisa, Florence, Rome
Transfers: to and from Pisa Airport at £80 per person return.
In pictures – A Collett’s Walking Holiday in Tuscany
Tuscany was a fantastic experience,with beautiful scenery. The accommodation in the Annex was very comfortable, with a touch of luxury. It had a lovely rustic charm. The family and their helpers were friendly and the food was very good, a self-service breakfast and a plentiful evening meal.
Last of all, I can't praise George, Duncan,Ben and Rachel enough, they were very well informed, helpful, caring and smiley!
A most enjoyable week.
As always admin staff in the office friendly, helpful and informative when making pre-holiday enquiries.
Fabulous location and welcoming and friendly staff. Wow factor view from our room. Fantastic food. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Il Rigo. Enjoyed the wine tasting too! Thank you. The walks were fabulous, well researched giving us a wonderful orientation of the area and the varied scenery. The transport arrangements were a bonus as we were expecting to use the hire car. Thank you.
A huge thank you to the Collett's team, George, Duncan, Ben, Rachel for their hospitality and providing us with a fantastic holiday in Tuscany. We always appreciate the welcome we receive on arrival by the Collett's team. Thank you. It met more than our expectations and we hope to return maybe in the Autumn season to see the changing colours of the amazing landscape.
We enjoy walking and have done many guided walking holidays. Collett's were advertising in Ramblers magazine (I think) and a specialist walking company. Had a great holiday. Planning to join you again next year. In Tuscany only 6 out of 22 guests were new to Collett's! Many recommendations were for Dolomites, winter and summer, so that’s next!
The staff were all fantastic as usual, both during office hour and on the walks. A great choice of walks in a beautiful location. We are regular customers who love the Collett's formula. Thank you for introducing walking in Tuscany in the spring and autumn. We had an excellent holiday as usual.
Reason for coming with Collett's - The Walking, Tuscan Scenery, walking with Collett's, Historic Towns, Village Destinations, Food & Wine. The interaction between various members of staff was particularly impressive, both in the office and in-country. The repeat Collett's walkers gave great advice on where else to go. They are your best advertisement!
I had a fabulous walking holiday in Tuscany and will certainly happily travel with Collett's in the future.
I'd like to thank Collett's and its outstanding staff for such an amazing first experience of a Collett's holiday. My partner and I had a wonderful first experience of your company from the very start. The on-site staff were exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly, welcoming and attentive. Ben, Rachel, Duncan and George could not have done more for us and I am so grateful to them for their guiding and advice.
The accommodation and food and Il Rigo were faultless. The food was varied and plentiful, and of the highest quality. The accommodation was ideally appointed and spacious, with wonderful views. The hotel staff were welcoming and warm.
The walking was ideal, with a good choice of varied walks and excellent scenery, all clearly very well-researched and planned.
This was a really enjoyable, relaxing, sociable and unforgettable experience. Thank you for a great first holiday with your company. We will be back!