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.
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 2020 – Click here for dates & prices
21 – 28 March
28 March – 4 April
4 – 11 April
11 – 18 April (Easter week)
18 – 25 April
26 September – 3 October
3 – 10 October
10 – 17 October
17 – 24 October
24 – 31 October
Spring 2021 – (with an extra week added starting 24 April)
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 a local wine.
Complimentary wine tasting with canape’s on Thursday evenings. Packed lunches available daily at €9 which includes; two sandwiches made with local ingredients, a piece of cake, a piece of fruit, and a bottle of water.
Bed, Breakfast & 4 course dinner with a local 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
Red wine tasting on Thursday evenings
Flights & Airport Transfers
Travel & Transport
Fly-drive via Pisa, Florence, Rome
Transfers: to and from Pisa Airport or Siena Train Station at £80 per person return.
In pictures – A Collett’s Walking Holiday in Tuscany
Wonderful week walking in Tuscany. First the accommodation. Having been to Andalucia last May, this was heaven! Unbelievably thoughtful hosts in a delightful simple, quiet house, with exceptional food, not flashy or haute cuisine, but local and always interesting.
Walking was gentle but always interesting, and the other walkers were delightful company. The Italian towns were utterly charming - I love the idea of walking to lunch. OK the scenery was not Corvara or Ehrwald, but it had a gentle,subtle appeal.
And of course yet again the Colletts team! Gosh, how do you do it? They were delightful company, wonderful hosts, first rate guides (..not qualified, of course ... (though one of them was)). It was lovely to see Ben again and watch him lead us without ever being bossy, and Charlie and Caroline and Clare made the perfect team. Special, very very special thanks to Clare. We managed to ruin both her rest days by falling and having to be collected. My wife suffered a particularly bad fracture of her wrist (absolutely no reflection whatsoever on the team - just a simple mishap) and Clare picked her up in the van, brought her to hospital and stayed with her, and saw her through all the painful waiting, whilst messaging me about what was happening. No words can express our gratitude to Clare, her simple humanity and professionalism, and her ability to handle the Italian medical system and ensure that we were able to fly home the next day. [Let's hope, as a special reward for all she did for us, that she manages to bump into that anaesthetist again...]
So many thanks to you all for looking after us, and yes, we would go back. Tuscany is magic!
We have returned from a week in Tuscany staying at Il Rigo, what a fantastic place for walking, eating and drinking! The food was fantastic and with special dietary requirements nothing was too much trouble. Collett's staff, Charlie, Ben, Claire and Caroline were fantastic guilds and full of fun. All that you need for another fantastic holiday with Collett's.
Another brilliant holiday with Collett's - our 5th. It’s a great formula, please don’t change. Our thanks to Ben, Caroline, Claire and Charlie - nothing was too much trouble for them and thanks as well to all at Il Rigo. Can’t decide which location is best. We might have to do them all again!!
This was our third holiday with Collett's and as always the staff, George, Rachel, Duncan and Ben were amazing. The accommodation was spectacular and the walks were beautiful and not too challenging, across lovely countryside and quaint towns and villages. The other guests were great company too.
The most memorable feature for us was the cookery class on Wednesday. Lorenza is a superb teacher and to cook and eat a genuine Tuscan meal in the kitchen of her 16th Century family home was a unique experience not to be missed. Fortunately there were enough people in the group to run the class (minimum of 4). Lorenza is also very knowledgeable about wine and made the wine tasting session very entertaining.
The weather was a little chilly so I hope Colletts might be able to extend the season in future years. We will definitely return.
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!