A hike in the traditional Colle Val d'Elsa countryside, which offers not only a visit to the ancient village, but also one of the most beautiful river routes in the Tuscan region.
- Scale of difficulty: E
- Walking distance: 15 km
- Ascent/descent difference: 200 m
- Meeting place: Gracciano (Colle Val d’Elsa)
- Price for 5 hours excursion: 150 Euros in total
The price includes a bilingual guide. The itinerary, as well as the price, may change depending on the needs of hikers and climatic conditions.
- Trail details:
The hike will follow a panoramic circle beginnning from a countryside which still today retains its traditional pastures, olive groves and orchards, and where the vines are "married" to trees as they were in past centuries ( vitemaritate). We will begin from a part of the famous Via Francigena, the ancient pilgrim’s way, and we will follow the Elsa valley until the River Park, which hosts a range of wetland habitats of great importance to naturalists, home to countless specimens of specialised animal and plant life to delight the visitor. Water also favoured the development of Colle Val d’Elsa, a town that we will visit and renowned for the production of crystal glass and artwork as well as for its perfectly preserved ancient town centre; here, fully functioning mills dating back to Renaissance times can be seen alongside still recognisable paper mills and fulling mills, with the remains of Etruscan thermal baths also visible.
Upon request, lunch can be organized in the town of Colle Val d’Elsa.
- Note: The hike requires a minimum of fitness, and equipment - walking shoes, rain coat, bottled water and a snack.
Terms and Conditions
Registration for excursions and sightseeing:
To register for excursions please fill out the form online or send an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org providing name, surname, mobile number and email contact of each person intending to participate in the excursion.
Payment registration fee:
To confirm registration for an excursion, payment by bank transfer is required prior to the tour at the following coordinates:
For TREKKING GUIDE / BIKE EXCURSIONS:
Name: SILVIA NAPOLEONE
Bic / Swift: BPMIITMMXXX
Reason for payment: (Name of client and Date and Name of Excursion)
For TOURIST GUIDE/SIGHTSEEING TOURS:
Bank: WE BANK
Bank: BANCO FIORENTINO
Name: BERNINI di CECCHINI MARINA & C. sas
Reason for payment: (Name of client and Date and Name of tour)
A total refund will be made ONLY if the registration is canceled no later than 48 hours prior to the excursion. Otherwise, no refunds can be made.
For trekking and cycling excursions, the fee, unless otherwise specified, includes:
- organization and coordination of activities;
- assistance from a licensed environmental hiking guide according to the Italian law L.R. 86/2016 and subsequent amendments
All participants must carefully read the regulations below and declare acceptance of the conditions:
- The Guide is responsible for the management and safety of the group;
- During the excursion members of the group must always stay behind the Guide;
- Participants must scrupulously follow the indications of the Guide;
- Participants must not stray from the path that the Guide chooses to follow;
- Participants must never leave the group without the consent of the Guide;
EVERY PARTICIPANT AT THE EXCURSIONS states:
- I have carefully read the detailed program of the excursion;
- I accept the contents;
- I have an adequate physical preparation and am in good health;
- I have read the rules of conduct mentioned above and agree to respect them;
- I exempt the accompanying Environmental Hiking Guide from any liability arising from behavior that does not comply with these regulations.
All guides are covered by a Civil Liability Insurance; however participants in the various activities are NOT covered by personal injury insurance.
Privacy Information pursuant to art. 10 of the law of December 31, 1996 n. 675/20 indicates:
Participants e-mail address will not be communicated or disclosed to third parties and no use will be made of it other than to inform them directly of upcoming events.
Scale of difficulty
T = Tourism
Itineraries which follow paved or dirt roads, forest paths, cart or mule tracks or trails on smooth terrain which do not present any particular difficulties nor obstacles.The eventual crossing of rivers will be on bridges with parapets or on safe wide walkways.
E = Hiking
Itineraries which make use of every kind of trail or track, on varied terrain including steep upward and downward slopes and in some parts quite rough. Sometimes the vegetation is so thick as to hinder progress but it is never insurmountable (impassable). It might be necessary to cross streams or rivers by wading but only in shallow water in absence of strong currents.
EE = Expert Hikers
Itineraries which follow trails but also go off the beaten track. Here you have to deal with terrain which presents various levels of difficulty: rough and rocky, exposed areas not suitable for those who suffer from vertigo, scree slopes, slippery slopes composed of grass and /or mud,and narrow rocky passages where you need to use your hands to maintain balance or to get through.The vegetation can be a significant impediment in some parts of the excursion. Again rivers or streams may be crossed by wading where this is possible, but in this case in rivers of quite large dimensions (as wide as 20 metres) and streams greatly swollen during the Spring thaw or after torrential rainfalls, thus necessitating competence and great attention. At this level of difficulty there is a further category of excursions which take place in the presence of snow.
EAI = Excursions in snowy conditions
Excursions which take place in the presence of snow, with or without snow -shoes (snow racquets). Even if they are limited to gentle slopes, without hazards due to the depth and consistency of the snow, nonetheless these EAI itineraries require the correct equipment and the competence suited for these particular meteorological and environmental conditions and the necessary slow progress involved.
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