Tuscany is wonderful walking country, not only due to its great variety of terrain but also because of the local enthusiasm for hiking. Walking is an enormously popular activity for Italians - who have ensured that their wide network of country paths and long-distance hiking trails are both well conserved and well marked (red & white stripes).
Tuscany is a timeless region of great natural beauty and wide-open spaces. Our walks lead you through archetypal Tuscan landscapes cypresses, olive groves, honey-coloured stone farmhouses, fields of sunflowers, it is also packed with cultural and historic interest, hidden art treasures and more antiquarian sites than anywhere else on earth.
Villa Michelangelo is ideally positioned for a walking holiday situated in The Appenine Mountains endowed with leafy valleys, ravines and several national parks, the whole area is dissected by networks of trails and old mule tracks. From the villa not only are there are many circular routes for walkers of all abilities, but we are also able to offer many other itineraries, for example the 25-mile Sentiero Francescano della Pace from Assisi to Gubbio that retraces the route St Francis is said to have taken in the very early 13th century, a journey he made just after he had renounced his earthly riches.
Our walks are by their very nature leisurely, allowing time to explore the cultural treasures you pass along the routes or marvel at the awe inspiring views.
In the evenings you can linger over delicious pasta dishes and a glass of local wine. But it's not just history and gastronomy that are key attractions while walking in Tuscany, there is art too – Michelangelo's birthplace is visible from the villa and every town contains a Renaissance masterpiece or two. In fact, you can visit his birthplace and the chapel where he was baptised en-route to the site where St Francis received the stigmata.