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Through the Mugello Hills to Florence

Archetypal Tuscany & spectacular Florence
 
What better place to finish this self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking break than the great art city of Florence, which you reach by means of ancient trails affording sweeping views? Your luggage is transported ahead each day, and you stay in varied and welcoming hotels.
Through the Mugello Hills to Florence. 4 nights
Through the Mugello Hills to Florence. 4 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A short walking break to Florence

Combining leisurely walking through the gently rolling Mugello Hills, covered in shady olive groves and neat vineyards, with the unrivalled art treasures of Florence, this is the perfect introduction to the spellbinding landscapes and heritage of Tuscany. Follow ancient drovers’ roads and mule tracks that lead through beech woods and along broad, grassy ridges before reaching captivating Florence.
The bustle and colour of the city's ancient streets stand in delightful contrast to the peace and tranquillity of the Tuscan countryside. From inspirational views over picturesque landscapes to standing in awe before some of the world's greatest art treasures, this is a holiday on which your surroundings have to be seen to be believed.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    In the hills, temperatures are likely to be cooler than those shown above.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 9 11 14 18 23 26 30 29 26 20 14 10
    mm 69 67 71 69 67 51 35 60 73 77 114 76
  • Arrival in Olmo
    Night 1: at Hotel-Ristorante Dino (where you spend one night).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Olmo to Fiesole: 17km, 6hrs; 610m ascent / 855m descent
    You start by crossing terraces of vines and olive trees to the small chapel of Montereggi, from where pleasant woodland tracks ascend past a breathtaking viewpoint over Florence to a panoramic ridge. The last part of the walk leads along quiet country lanes and paths past more olive groves to reach the wooded promontory of Mount Ceceri, famed for its terraces overlooking Florence. On arrival in Fiesole, take time to explore its archaeological museum, Roman theatre, and fine church. You stay in the Pensione Bencistà.
    Olmo to Fiesole: 17km
    Arriving into Fiesole from Olmo
  • Fiesole to Florence: 8km, 2.5hrs; 60m ascent / 200m descent
    Today's walk is easy and relaxing – the route winds across panoramic hills to the suburbs of Florence and then follows wide, elegant avenues into the historic centre. You check in to the Hotel Il Guelfo Bianco for two nights.
    Fiesole to Florence: 8km
  • Explore Florence
    The attractions of Florence, Italy’s greatest Renaissance city, need little introduction and almost everyone would have a different list. Spend your final day on our recommended city walk from Piazza del Duomo, which explores open squares and narrow streets, admiring historic palaces and public buildings, including one of the most famous art galleries in the world, the Uffizi, which contains works by Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael, among others. Be sure not to miss Michelangelo’s statue of David in the Galleria dell’ Accademia or the fascinating Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno.

    If your arrival here coincides with Easter, don't miss Scoppio del Carro (or ‘Explosion of the Cart’) a remarkable old folk tradition which is celebrated in the square in front of the Duomo. A cart, literally filled with fireworks and other pyrotechnics, is hauled to the square by a team of white oxen garlanded with flowers. Once the oxen are removed to a safe distance, a 'dove' flies down a wire from the High Altar and ignites the cart. The fireworks symbolise the Holy Fire created from three flints brought back from the First Crusade in 1096, and guarantee a good harvest and a stable life for the coming year.
    Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno in Florence
 

Accommodation

Your accommodation is appealingly varied.
 

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Prices for 2020

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Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 10 April 2019 - 30 June 2019 & 18 August 2019 - 13 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    10 - 15 Apr 2019 £565 £155
    16 - 30 Apr 2019 £675 £120
    1 May - 26 Jun 2019 £695 £125
    18 - 30 Aug 2019 £565 £155
    31 Aug - 9 Oct 2019 £695 £125
    3rd & 4th person discount -£35
    Single traveller supplement £35

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: rail/taxi from Pisa Centrale out and return rail from Florence to Pisa Centrale. Reduction applies if flying via Florence airport.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Il Guelfo Bianco, Florence
    Junior suite: 10 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £16
    Junior suite: 18 Aug - 13 Oct 2019 £16
    Larger deluxe: 10 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £16
    Larger deluxe: 18 Aug - 13 Oct 2019 £16

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Il Guelfo Bianco, Florence (B&B) Double room Single room
    10 Apr - 17 Apr 2019 £62 £104
    18 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £120 £150
    18 Aug - 31 Aug 2019 £62 £104
    01 Sep - 13 Oct 2019 £120 £150
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Pisa

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Florence (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Aberdeen - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Florence Flybe 
    Birmingham - Pisa jet2 
    Birmingham - Pisa (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Florence  
    Bristol - Pisa easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Durham Tees Valley - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Pisa jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Florence  
    Edinburgh - Pisa Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Pisa Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Humberside - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Pisa Ryanair 
    Leeds Bradford - Pisa jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Pisa Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Florence ,  Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Florence ,  Vueling 
    Gatwick - Pisa ,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Pisa  
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Florence Vueling 
    Luton - Pisa easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Pisa Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Florence  
    Manchester - Pisa easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Pisa jet2 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Pisa

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Pisa Centrale to Fiesole Caldine (2h), hotel transfer Fiesole Caldine to hotel (0h25) included 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Florence SMN (0h10, pay locally), rail Florence SMN to Pisa Centrale (0h50-1h20) included 1100

    Connecting travel options - flying via Florence

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Florence SMN to Fiesole Caldine (0h15), hotel transfer Fiesole Caldine to hotel (0h25) deduct £10 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    own transfer deduct £12 flexible
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 1 dinner
    2 picnics
    4 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • return rail from Pisa Centrale
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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