Tuscany Hiking and Biking, Guided Hikes, Guided Bike Tour
Speed limits in Italy will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to various towns. Gassing up is similar to US with credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are available in all large cities . Italian law states that you should have an International Driving Permit although the rental car companies will ask only for your home State drivers license and passport
Information for those Renting a vehicle in Rome
What To Wear in Italy:
Rome is warm year round so you can keep your wardrobe simple to travel light and flexibly.
Rome and Florence are sophisticated cities and could require formal dress in some restaurants (Necktie suit jacket, dress) The hilltop towns will be casual dress throughout.
Rome has a climate similar to the mid USA at sea level, cool Dec. and Jan. 40s but no ice or snow, warm summers, June July August, 80s possible light rain in Spring.
Pisa is north of Rome on the Mediterranian Coast Best months May June, September October. Crowded July August
Tuscany offers some great not well marked. Even in Cinque Terre, north of Tuscany where hiking is a main tourist draw, it is possible to go astray unless you have a good map.
The blaze system of red, white and blue daubs of paint is too often hard to find. The best bet is to use one of the good hiking books like, "Walking And Eating in Tuscany and Umbria" as a guide.
Other Hiking Books listed below
You can create your own good day hike at any of the many hill towns. Park in the lot far below the town and then hike up to the top where you find the plaza, the town center, perhaps a restaurant, a wine cellar, or an interesting medieval church.
Tuscany is a largely agricultural region of rolling hills and intensive farming of grapes (September October harvest) or sun flowers (Ripe in mid June). and wheat.
Low mountains make up a large portion of Tuscany and offer some good day hikes, especially near the hilltop towns or on the outskirts of the towns.
The best bet for those that will be in Tuscany for a short visit will be to go with a guided hike or a guided bike trip. The tours usually go from village to village and will arrange lodging and transportation.
Tuscany Photos by Len Delory
Tuscany occupies nearly 9000 square miles of north central Italy north of Rome.
Sections of several of Tuscany's notable places including the Val d'Orcia Artistic, Natural and Cultural Park near Castelmuzio in Sienna have been made UNESCO Sites and thus are protected from development:
Other protected sites Central Florence, the central square and Cathedral of Pisa, the center of Sienna, San Gimignano's central plaza, and the town of Pienza.
Castiglione d'Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani and San Quirico d'Orcia, make up the Val d'Orcia
Tuscany and its fertile valleys was first settled in 1500 BC. Later in the 8th century BC the Etruscans settled the area and gave it its name.
Many museums in the area have Etruscan artifacts, sophisticated pre-Roman art involving advanced metallurgy.
By the 2nd century BC, the Romans had taken control of Tuscany.
Art and Architecture
The cities of Tuscany, particularly Florence and the wealth of its merchants, gave momentum to the Renaissance. The wealthy merchants of Pisa, a port city, and of Florence, commissioned works by great masters that now reside in the museums. Architectural masterpieces in Florence and Pisa resulted from the success of Tuscan bankers and merchants during the Renaissance. Illustrious Tuscans were Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante, Galileo, and the painter, Botticelli.
The Medici, a banking family from Florence, commissioned many works of art.
A hike to the hilltop town can be a good day hike with a picnic at the top
Tuscany Hiking Books
Walking in Tuscany: Tuscany, Umbria, Latium, Elba and Chianti Trail
Walking And Eating in Tuscany and Umbria
"50 Hikes In & Around Tuscany: Hiking the Mountains, Forests, Coast & Historic Sites of Wild Tuscany & Beyond"
"A Culinary Traveller in Tuscany: Exploring and Eating"
"The Most Beautiful Villages of Tuscany"
"Village Walks: Tuscany: 50 Adventures on Foot " (City Walks)
For a one day guided bike tour out of Florence www.ibiketuscany.com/
Single and multi day tours, Florence and Sienna www.bikingtuscany.it/
A day hike to the top of the hilltop village can offer some sights and good views of the valleys.
Castiglione d'Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani and San Quirico d'Orcia, make up the Val d'Orcia Artistic, Natural This region is noted for agricultural tourism. Visitors can lodge in a farm house, vineyard or other rural setting with a family. This opens great hiking and biking opportunities.
‘If you are looking for a great selection of places to stay with discount prices, visit Florence Hotels for more information’.
Tuscany Hiking and Biking on a short visit is best done on a guided hike or a guided bike trip.
Tuscany hiking, biking, and biking wine tours go from village to village while the tour operator arranges villa lodging and van transportation.
A guided tour such as La Dolce Vita wine tasting option on a hiking tour