We have joined forces with Maremma Safari Club - which offers guided walking trips to unexplored corners of Italy - to create a three-night package from 10 - 13 November 2023 with two days of walking around Castiglion del Bosco to discover off-the-beaten paths of the Val d’Orcia. The walking tours are guided by Maremma Safari Club's founder Rudston Steward.
10 November 2023 - Day of Arrival
Check-in will be from 3 pm. In the evening, prior to dinner, Rudston will hold an informal drink reception, attended by all guests joining the walking tours, for a general presentation of the trip's itinerary. An opportunity to meet fellow walkers, make new friends and get ready for action!
11 November 2023 - Walking Day I
This morning we will walk from Castiglion del Bosco to the medieval hilltop town of Montalcino, across classic southern Tuscan landscapes of forests and vineyards. After a restorative light lunch in Montalcino, you can choose to either transfer back to the resort for some downtime or else continue the walking to the stunning 12th century Sant’ Antimo Abbey inhabited by Benedictine monks for centuries and founded - legend has it - by Charles the Great. An opportunity to visit the Abbey before transferring back to the resort.
• Morning — Resort to Montalcino: 11 km distance; 500 m ascent, 350 m descent
• Afternoon (optional) — Montalcino to Sant’Antimo: 6 km distance; 350 m descent
12 November 2023 - Walking Day II
Today's walking route will pick up the trail where we left off yesterday. After transferring to Sant' Antimo Abbey, we will walk on to the town of Bagno Vignoni, stopping for a packed lunch along the way. The route goes via scenic Brunello vineyards, olive groves and oak forests, passing the impressive medieval castle of Ripa d’Orcia en route. After arriving in Bagno Vignoni -renowned for its ancient thermal hotsprings - we shall have a stroll around town and a celebratory aperitivo drink back at the resort.
• Sant’Antimo to Bagno Vignoni: 12 km distance; 550 m ascent, 600 m descent
13 November 2023
Say goodbye to your CdB Walking Safari friends and check out by 12 p.m.
In the event of bad weather, for the safety of our guests, the itinerary will be subject to change at the discretion of Maremma Safari Club's experts.
Recommended packing list for the walks:
Our recommendation on what to bring with you to Castiglion del Bosco for your trip:
• Walking shoes or hiking boots with good grip are mandatory. Note that you will be crossing a couple of rivers/streams that may require taking shoes off and crossing barefoot.
• Walking sticks
• A small backpack to carry on the walks
• Rain gear or rain coat incase it rains
• Warm layer or fleece incase it gets chilly
• Hat, suncream and sunglasses
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