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Through the Mugello Hills to Florence

Archetypal Tuscany & spectacular Florence

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Anon   September 2018

An excellent holiday, we wished we’d chosen the longer version. Highlights were the view of Florence from the Pension Bencista and Michelangelo’s David - best 8 euros ever! Make sure you pre-book, though, we wouldn’t have got in if we’d waited until we arrived.

Anon   September 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday - amazing weather for the end of September - certainly cut down on our packing and lightened the rucksack load. No need for wet weather gear. Florence was busy - it always is whatever time of year you visit; prior booking the Uffizi, the Accademia and the Duomo (especially for the 400 step climb to the top of the dome) was a great benefit. Make sure you select the official sites as the ticket agency ones add on £4.50 per ticket! Still never located the no 13 bus at Santa Maria Novella Stazione bus station! Opted for an expensive taxi ride to Piazza Michaelangelo to see the sunset over Florence but walked back downhill.

Tilly Trot.   September 2018

The whole trip was fabulous from arriving in Pisa. The weather was perfect, the walk was just enough to feel we had made an effort and the views were fantastic. Pensione Bencista views over to Florence were awesome.  A wonderful 5 days.

Mr A MacRae  London May 2018

Overall, I think we were slightly disappointed with this break when we compared it to the two Inntravel experiences we had last year. The title suggests more focus on walking through the Mugello Hills to Florence where in effect only the first day and a small part of the second involves this. The first day's 16km is quite challenging, especially if exposed to thunderstorms as we were. The three city walks and attraction visits (Pisa (own arrangement), Florence and Bologna) were very enjoyable with the break turning out to be city rather than countryside focussed which is fine as long as this is recognised.

The accommodation was all very interesting (as is normal in our experience with Inntravel) and we particularly enjoyed Pensione Bencista. Beware the size of the rooms and the variable quality of the food at Hotel Dino which the friendliness and efficiency of the owning family can make up for. Views over Florence from both Dino and Pensione Bencista are outstanding, as are those of Tuscany generally during first day's walk.

 

 

Ms C Truman  USA September 2017

I chose this walk because it was listed a "one boot". This was my husband's first walk with Inntravel and I wanted it to be a pleasure. Although much of the walk is "one boot", parts of this walk are not. The walk up to Il Patrone was very steep and rocky. The way down from the park in Fiesole, a steep rocky path, was closed, but with no obvious alternative route, we were allowed by park employees to continue with care. The final walk to the Hotel Bencista at the end of the first day, was on a main road with no shoulder, and was very dangerous for pedestrians.  

I have done several other walks with Inntravel, but have not come across situations like these before.

Inntravel response

We are sorry that you found this walk more challenging than expected. The path closure on the walk to Fiesole occurred very recently and we were only informed as the season was ending; repairs should be effected for the 2018 season. The stretch of main road approaching Pensione Bencista is unfortunately unavoidable, though it is only 100m.

Dr R Mitchell  Leeds May 2017

The holiday was extremely well-planned and enjoyable. The route of our walk featured some absolutely stunning Tuscan landscape, and the hotels were excellent, particularly the Pensione Bencista, which offered comfortable rooms, wonderful food, a friendly family welcome, a beautiful and interesting historic building, and outstanding terrace views over Florence. The instructions were extremely clear and detailed and the walk was challenging (but not too challenging) and varied, with useful information on sites and places of interest to visit en route.

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